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AKS Engine - Units of Kubernetes on Azure!

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Project status

This project is stable, meaning the pace of new features is intentionally low. AKS Engine is maintained by teams who depend on it including AKS Engine on Azure Stack Hub.


AKS Engine is an ARM template-driven way to provision a self-managed Kubernetes cluster on Azure. By leveraging ARM (Azure Resource Manager), AKS Engine helps you create, destroy and maintain clusters provisioned with basic IaaS resources in Azure. AKS Engine has limited support for ongoing operational capabilities such as scaling, in-place upgrade, and extensions. The Cluster API Provider for Azure a.k.a. CAPZ provides more complete operational capabilities. AKS Engine remains the tool for managing Kubernetes clusters on Azure Stack Hub as CAPZ does not yet work there.

Getting started

Please see the FAQ for answers about AKS Engine and its progenitor ACS-Engine.

Join the community

If you are committed to using AKS Engine longer term and would like to become a project maintainer, please reach out to us via the #aks-engine-dev Slack channel! The community guide covers everything you need to know about the AKS Engine community and how you can contribute. The developer guide will help you onboard as a developer. The AKS Engine community is committed to integrating and validating new versions of Kubernetes into AKS Engine. We encourage AKS Engine users to evaluate moving to CAPZ as it provides stronger support for managing the cluster lifecycle compared to AKS Engine.


Please see our support policy.

Code of conduct

This project has adopted the Microsoft Open Source Code of Conduct. For more information, see the Code of Conduct FAQ or contact with any additional questions or comments.

Data Collection

The software may collect information about you and your use of the software and send it to Microsoft. Microsoft may use this information to provide services and improve our products and services. You may turn off the telemetry as described in the repository. There are also some features in the software that may enable you and Microsoft to collect data from users of your applications. If you use these features, you must comply with applicable law, including providing appropriate notices to users of your applications together with a copy of Microsoft's privacy statement. Our privacy statement is located at You can learn more about data collection and use in the help documentation and our privacy statement. Your use of the software operates as your consent to these practices.

For more information, please see the telemetry documentation.