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aws (98) Versions 0.101.6

Provides resources for managing AWS resources

cookbook 'aws', '= 0.101.6', :supermarket
cookbook 'aws', '= 0.101.6'
knife supermarket install aws
knife supermarket download aws
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This cookbook provides libraries, resources and providers to configure
and manage Amazon Web Services components and offerings with the EC2
API. Currently supported resources:

  • EBS Volumes (ebs_volume)
  • EBS Raid (ebs_raid)
  • Elastic IPs (elastic_ip)
  • Elastic Load Balancer (elastic_lb)
  • AWS Resource Tags (resource_tag)

Unsupported AWS resources that have other cookbooks include but are
not limited to:

Note This cookbook uses the right_aws RubyGem to interact with
the AWS API because at the time it was written, fog and aws-sdk
were not available. Further, both of those gems require nokogiri
which requires compiling native extensions, which means build tools
are required. We do not plan at this time to change the underlying
Ruby library used in order to limit the external dependencies for
this cookbook.


Requires Chef 0.7.10 or higher for Lightweight Resource and Provider
support. Chef 0.8+ is recommended. While this cookbook can be used in
chef-solo mode, to gain the most flexibility, we recommend using
chef-client with a Chef Server.

An Amazon Web Services account is required. The Access Key and Secret
Access Key are used to authenticate with EC2.

AWS Credentials

In order to manage AWS components, authentication credentials need to
be available to the node. There are a number of ways to handle this,
such as node attributes or roles. We recommend storing these in a
databag (Chef 0.8+), and loading them in the recipe where the
resources are needed.

DataBag recommendation:

% knife data bag show aws main
  "id": "main",
  "aws_access_key_id": "YOUR_ACCESS_KEY",
  "aws_secret_access_key": "YOUR_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY"

This can be loaded in a recipe with:

aws = data_bag_item("aws", "main")

And to access the values:


We'll look at specific usage below.



The default recipe installs the right_aws RubyGem, which this
cookbook requires in order to work with the EC2 API. Make sure that
the aws recipe is in the node or role run_list before any resources
from this cookbook are used.

"run_list": [

The gem_package is created as a Ruby Object and thus installed
during the Compile Phase of the Chef run.


The cookbook has a library module, Opscode::AWS::Ec2, which can be
included where necessary:

include Opscode::Aws::Ec2

This is needed in any providers in the cookbook. Along with some
helper methods used in the providers, it sets up a class variable,
ec2 that is used along with the access and secret access keys

Resources and Providers

This cookbook provides two resources and corresponding providers.


Manage Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes with this resource.


  • create - create a new volume.
  • attach - attach the specified volume.
  • detach - detach the specified volume.
  • snapshot - create a snapshot of the volume.
  • prune - prune snapshots.

Attribute Parameters:

  • aws_secret_access_key, aws_access_key - passed to Opscode::AWS:Ec2 to authenticate, required.
  • size - size of the volume in gigabytes.
  • snapshot_id - snapshot to build EBS volume from.
  • most_recent_snapshot - use the most recent snapshot when creating a volume from an existing volume (defaults to false)
  • availability_zone - EC2 region, and is normally automatically detected.
  • device - local block device to attach the volume to, e.g. /dev/sdi but no default value, required.
  • volume_id - specify an ID to attach, cannot be used with action :create because AWS assigns new volume IDs
  • timeout - connection timeout for EC2 API.
  • snapshots_to_keep - used with action :prune for number of snapshots to maintain.
  • description - used to set the description of an EBS snapshot
  • volume_type - "standard" or "io1" (io1 is the type for IOPS volume)
  • piops - number of Provisioned IOPS to provision, must be > 100


Manage Elastic Block Store (EBS) raid devices with this resource.

Attribute Parameters:

  • mount_point - where to mount the RAID volume
  • mount_point_owner - the owner of the mount point (default root)
  • mount_point_group - the group of the mount point (default root)
  • mount_point_mode - the file mode of the mount point (default 0755)
  • disk_count - number of EBS volumes to raid
  • disk_size - size of EBS volumes to raid
  • level - RAID level (default 10)
  • filesystem - filesystem to format raid array (default ext4)
  • snapshots - array of EBS snapshots to restore. Snapshots must be taken using an ec2 consistent snapshot tool, and tagged with a number that indicates how many devices are in the array being backed up (e.g. "Logs Backup [0-4]" for a four-volume raid array snapshot)
  • disk_type - "standard" or "io1" (io1 is the type for IOPS volume)
  • disk_piops - number of Provisioned IOPS to provision per disk, must be > 100



  • associate - associate the IP.
  • disassociate - disassociate the IP.

Attribute Parameters:

  • aws_secret_access_key, aws_access_key - passed to Opscode::AWS:Ec2 to authenticate, required.
  • ip - the IP address.
  • timeout - connection timeout for EC2 API.



  • register - Add this instance to the LB
  • deregister - Remove this instance from the LB

Attribute Parameters:

  • aws_secret_access_key, aws_access_key - passed to Opscode::AWS:Ec2 to authenticate, required.
  • name - the name of the LB, required.



  • add - Add tags to a resource.
  • update - Add or modify existing tags on a resource -- this is the default action.
  • remove - Remove tags from a resource, but only if the specified values match the existing ones.
  • force_remove - Remove tags from a resource, regardless of their values.

Attribute Parameters

  • aws_secret_access_key, aws_access_key - passed to Opscode::AWS:Ec2 to authenticate, required.
  • tags - a hash of key value pairs to be used as resource tags, (e.g. { "Name" => "foo", "Environment" => node.chef_environment },) required.
  • resource_id - resources whose tags will be modified. The value may be a single ID as a string or multiple IDs in an array. If no resource_id is specified the name attribute will be used.


The following examples assume that the recommended data bag item has
been created and that the following has been included at the top of
the recipe where they are used.

include_recipe "aws"
aws = data_bag_item("aws", "main")


The resource only handles manipulating the EBS volume, additional
resources need to be created in the recipe to manage the attached
volume as a filesystem or logical volume.

aws_ebs_volume "db_ebs_volume" do
  aws_access_key aws['aws_access_key_id']
  aws_secret_access_key aws['aws_secret_access_key']
  size 50
  device "/dev/sdi"
  action [ :create, :attach ]

This will create a 50G volume, attach it to the instance as /dev/sdi.

aws_ebs_volume "db_ebs_volume_from_snapshot" do
  aws_access_key aws['aws_access_key_id']
  aws_secret_access_key aws['aws_secret_access_key']
  size 50
  device "/dev/sdi"
  snapshot_id "snap-ABCDEFGH"
  action [ :create, :attach ]

This will create a new 50G volume from the snapshot ID provided and
attach it as /dev/sdi.


The elastic_ip resource provider does not support allocating new
IPs. This must be done before running a recipe that uses the resource.
After allocating a new Elastic IP, we recommend storing it in a
databag and loading the item in the recipe.

Databag structure:

% knife data bag show aws eip_load_balancer_production
  "id": "eip_load_balancer_production",
  "public_ip": "YOUR_ALLOCATED_IP"

Then to set up the Elastic IP on a system:

ip_info = data_bag_item("aws", "eip_load_balancer_production")

aws_elastic_ip "eip_load_balancer_production" do
  aws_access_key aws['aws_access_key_id']
  aws_secret_access_key aws['aws_secret_access_key']
  ip ip_info['public_ip']
  action :associate

This will use the loaded aws and ip_info databags to pass the
required values into the resource to configure. Note that when
associating an Elastic IP to an instance, connectivity to the instance
will be lost because the public IP address is changed. You will need
to reconnect to the instance with the new IP.

You can also store this in a role as an attribute or assign to the
node directly, if preferred.


elastic_lb opererates similar to `elastic_ip'. Make sure that you've
created the ELB and enabled your instances' availability zones prior
to using this provider.

For example, to register the node in the 'QA' ELB:

aws_elastic_lb "elb_qa" do
  aws_access_key aws['aws_access_key_id']
  aws_secret_access_key aws['aws_secret_access_key']
  name "QA"
  action :register


resource_tag can be used to manipulate the tags assigned to one or
more AWS resources, i.e. ec2 instances, ebs volumes or ebs volume

Assigining tags to a node to reflect it's role and environment:

aws_resource_tag node['ec2']['instance_id'] do
  aws_access_key aws['aws_access_key_id']
  aws_secret_access_key aws['aws_secret_access_key']
  tags({"Name" => " app server",
        "Environment" => node.chef_environment})
  action :update

Assigning a set of tags to multiple resources, e.g. ebs volumes in a
disk set:

aws_resource_tag 'my awesome raid set' do
  aws_access_key aws['aws_access_key_id']
  aws_secret_access_key aws['aws_secret_access_key']
  resource_id [ "vol-d0518cb2", "vol-fad31a9a", "vol-fb106a9f", "vol-74ed3b14" ]
  tags({"Name" => "My awesome RAID disk set",
        "Environment" => node.chef_environment})


s3_file can be used to download a file from s3 that requires aws authorization. This
is a wrapper around remote_file and supports the same resource attributes as remote_file.

aws_s3_file "/tmp/foo" do
  bucket "i_haz_an_s3_buckit"
  remote_path "path/in/s3/bukket/to/foo"
  aws_access_key_id aws['aws_access_key_id']
  aws_secret_access_key aws['aws_secret_access_key']

License and Author

Copyright 2009-2013, Opscode, Inc.

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
limitations under the License.

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