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Kubernetes integration: compatibility and requirements

The Kubernetes integration is compatible with many different platforms including GKE, EKS, AKS, OpenShift, and more. Each has a different compatibility with our integration. You can find more information in this page.


The New Relic Kubernetes integration requires a New Relic account. If you haven't already, create your free New Relic account below to start monitoring your data today.

You'll also need:


kube-state-metrics v2 or higher is supported from integration version 3.6.0 or higher.
Install the Kubernetes integration up to version 3.5.0 if you are using kube-state-metrics 1.9.8 or lower.
Check the values.yaml file if you're updating kube-state-metrics from v1.9.8 to v2 or higher because some variables may have changed.

Container runtime

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


Our Kubernetes integration is compatible with Kubernetes versions 1.16 to 1.26. Kubernetes 1.27.x is currently in an experimental release phase; if you find any issues, please contact support @ newrelic.com.


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


Kubernetes cluster

1.16 to 1.26

Our integration currently supports an experimental release of the following Kubernetes versions:

Kubernetes cluster 1.27


If you find any issues with our integration on Kubernetes version 1.27.x, please contact support @ newrelic.com.


Starting from Kubernetes version 1.26, the @autoscaling/v2beta2 API is no longer available and replaced by the @autoscaling/v2. For continued HorizontalPodAutoscaling metric reporting it's important that you install kube-state-metrics version 2.7+ on the Kubernetes version 1.26+ clusters. This is because only kube-state-metrics v2.7+ can support the @autoscaling/v2 API.

Kubernetes Flavors

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 components

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)

Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)


Tested with OpenShift 4.12 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.
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