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Kubernetes integration: compatibility and requirements

New Relic's Kubernetes integration can be installed directly on a server or VM, or through several cloud platforms, such as GKE, EKS, AKS, or OpenShift. Each has a different compatibility with our integration.


If you are using Openshift, you can also use kubectl most of the time but be careful that kubectl does not have commands like oc login or oc adm. You may need to use oc instead of kubectl.


Our Kubernetes is compatible and is continuously tested on the following versions:


Kubernetes cluster

1.16 to 1.24

Kubernetes Flavors

New Relic's Kubernetes integration is compatible with different flavors. We tested the integration with the following ones:







Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service Anywhere (EKS-Anywhere)

Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service on Fargate (EKS-Fargate)

Fargate installation docs

Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE1)

Extra configuration is needed to instrument control plane compoenents

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)


Tested with OpenShift 4.10 and lower. Note that 3.x versions are no longer supported.

VMware Tanzu

Compatible with VMware Tanzu (Pivotal Platform) version 2.5 to 2.11, and Ops Manager version 2.5 to 2.10

Depending on the installation method, the control plane monitoring is not available or may need extra configuration.

For example:

  • Only API Server metrics are scrapable and available to instrument managed clusters (GKE, EKS, AKS) control plane because no endpoint exposes the needed metrics for etcd, Scheduler and Controller manager.
  • To instrument Rancher control plane, since components /metrics are not always reachable by default and can't be autodiscovered, some extra configuration is needed.


The New Relic Kubernetes integration has the following requirements:

Container information

Our Kubernetes integration is CRI-agnostic. It's been specifically tested to be compatible with Containerd, CRI-O, and Docker.

Install using Helm

For instructions about how to install our integration using Helm, see Manual install using Helm.

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