The following steps will quickly deploy a Rancher Server with a single node cluster attached.


Note Deploying to Amazon AWS will incur charges.

  • Amazon AWS Account: An Amazon AWS Account is required to create resources for deploying Rancher and Kubernetes.
  • Amazon AWS Access Key: Use this link to follow a tutorial to create an Amazon AWS Access Key if you don’t have one yet.
  • Amazon AWS Key Pair Use this link and follow instructions to create a Key Pair.
  • Terraform: Used to provision the server and cluster in Amazon AWS.

Getting Started

  1. Clone Rancher Quickstart to a folder using git clone

  2. Go into the AWS folder containing the terraform file by executing cd quickstart/aws.

  3. Rename the terraform.tfvars.example file to terraform.tfvars.

  4. Edit terraform.tfvars and customize the following variables at minimum. To change node counts and sizes, see node sizes.

    • aws_access_key - Amazon AWS Access Key
    • aws_secret_key - Amazon AWS Secret Key
    • ssh_key_name - Amazon AWS Key Pair Name
    • prefix - Resource Prefix
  5. Optional: Modify the count of the various node types within terraform.tfvars. See the Quickstart Readme for more information on the variables.

  6. Run terraform init.

  7. To initiate the creation of the environment, run terraform apply. Then wait for the following output:

    Apply complete! Resources: 3 added, 0 changed, 0 destroyed. 
      rancher-url = [ 
  8. Paste the rancher-url from the output above into the browser. Log in when prompted (default username is admin, and default password is admin).

Result: Rancher Server and your Kubernetes cluster is installed in Amazon AWS.

What’s Next?

Use Rancher to create a deployment. For more information, see Creating Deployments.

Destroying the Environment

  1. From the quickstart/aws folder, execute terraform destroy --auto-approve.

  2. Wait for confirmation that all resources have been destroyed.