Amazon ECS and Application Auto Scaling - Application Auto Scaling
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Amazon ECS and Application Auto Scaling

You can scale ECS services using target tracking scaling policies, step scaling policies, and scheduled scaling.

Use the following information to help you integrate Amazon ECS with Application Auto Scaling.

Service-linked role created for Amazon ECS

The following service-linked role is automatically created in your Amazon Web Services account when registering Amazon ECS resources as scalable targets with Application Auto Scaling. This role allows Application Auto Scaling to perform supported operations within your account. For more information, see Service-linked roles for Application Auto Scaling.

  • AWSServiceRoleForApplicationAutoScaling_ECSService

Service principal used by the service-linked role

The service-linked role in the previous section can be assumed only by the service principal authorized by the trust relationships defined for the role. The service-linked role used by Application Auto Scaling grants access to the following service principal:


Registering ECS services as scalable targets with Application Auto Scaling

Application Auto Scaling requires a scalable target before you can create scaling policies or scheduled actions for an Amazon ECS service. A scalable target is a resource that Application Auto Scaling can scale out and scale in. Scalable targets are uniquely identified by the combination of resource ID, scalable dimension, and namespace.

If you configure auto scaling using the Amazon ECS console, then Amazon ECS automatically registers a scalable target for you.

If you want to configure auto scaling using the Amazon CLI or one of the Amazon SDKs, you can use the following options:

  • Amazon CLI:

    Call the register-scalable-target command for an Amazon ECS service. The following example registers a scalable target for a service called sample-app-service, running on the default cluster, with a minimum task count of one task and a maximum task count of 10 tasks.

    aws application-autoscaling register-scalable-target \ --service-namespace ecs \ --scalable-dimension ecs:service:DesiredCount \ --resource-id service/default/sample-app-service \ --min-capacity 1 \ --max-capacity 10

    If successful, this command returns the ARN of the scalable target.

    { "ScalableTargetARN": "arn:aws-cn:application-autoscaling:region:account-id:scalable-target/1234abcd56ab78cd901ef1234567890ab123" }
  • Amazon SDK:

    Call the RegisterScalableTarget operation and provide ResourceId, ScalableDimension, ServiceNamespace, MinCapacity, and MaxCapacity as parameters.

If you are just getting started with Application Auto Scaling, you can find additional useful information about scaling your Amazon ECS resources in the following documentation:


For instructions for suspending scale-out processes while Amazon ECS deployments are in progress, see the following documentation:

Service auto scaling and deployments in the Amazon Elastic Container Service Developer Guide