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AWS CloudFormation templates for CodeDeploy reference

This section introduces the AWS CloudFormation resources, transform, and hook designed to work with CodeDeploy deployments. For a walkthrough of creating a stack update managed by the AWS CloudFormation hook for CodeDeploy, see Create an Amazon ECS blue/green deployment through AWS CloudFormation


AWS CloudFormation hooks are part of the AWS CloudFormation components for AWS and are different from CodeDeploy lifecycle event hooks.

In addition to the other methods available to you in CodeDeploy, you can use AWS CloudFormation templates to perform the following tasks:

  • Create applications.

  • Create deployment groups and specify a target revision.

  • Create deployment configurations.

  • Create Amazon EC2 instances.

AWS CloudFormation is a service that helps you model and set up your AWS resources using templates. An AWS CloudFormation template is a text file whose format complies with the JSON standard. You create a template that describes all of the AWS resources you want, and AWS CloudFormation takes care of provisioning and configuring those resources for you.

For more information, see What is AWS CloudFormation? and Working with AWS CloudFormation templates in AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

If you plan to use AWS CloudFormation templates that are compatible with CodeDeploy in your organization, as an administrator, you must grant access to AWS CloudFormation and to the AWS services and actions on which AWS CloudFormation depends. To grant permissions to create applications, deployment groups, and deployment configurations, attach the following policy to the IAM users who will work with AWS CloudFormation:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "cloudformation:*" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }

For more information about managed policies, see the following topics:

The following table shows the actions an AWS CloudFormation template can perform on your behalf and includes links to more information about the AWS resource types and their property types you can add to an AWS CloudFormation template.

Action AWS CloudFormation reference Reference type
Create a CodeDeploy application. AWS::CodeDeploy::application AWS CloudFormation resource
Create and specify the details for a deployment group to be used to deploy your application revisions. ¹ AWS::CodeDeploy::DeploymentGroup AWS CloudFormation resource
Create a set of deployment rules, deployment success conditions, and deployment failure conditions that CodeDeploy will use during a deployment. AWS::CodeDeploy::DeploymentConfig AWS CloudFormation resource
Create an Amazon EC2 instance. ² AWS::EC2::instance AWS CloudFormation resource
Use the AWS CloudFormation AWS::CodeDeployBlueGreen transform and AWS::CodeDeploy::BlueGreen hook to manage stack updates, create resources, and shift traffic for CodeDeploy blue/green deployments.3 AWS::CodeDeployBlueGreen The AWS::CodeDeployBlueGreen transform is a macro hosted by AWS CloudFormation
AWS::CodeDeploy::BlueGreen The AWS::CodeDeploy::BlueGreen hook is structured as a Hook resource in AWS CloudFormation. The hook includes parameters that take the place of your CodeDeploy AppSpec file by pointing to designated CodeDeploy lifecycle event hooks.

¹ If you specify the version of the application revision that you want to be deployed as part of the deployment group, your target revision will be deployed as soon as the provisioning process is complete. For more information about template configuration, see CodeDeploy DeploymentGroup deployment revision S3Location and CodeDeploy DeploymentGroup deployment revision GitHubLocation in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

² We provide templates you can use to create Amazon EC2 instances in the regions in which CodeDeploy is supported. For more information about using these templates, see Create an Amazon EC2 instance for CodeDeploy (AWS CloudFormation template).

3Only Amazon ECS blue/green deployments are supported by this deployment configuration. For more information about deployment configurations for Amazon ECS blue/green deployments through AWS CloudFormation, see Deployment configurations for AWS CloudFormation blue/green deployments (Amazon ECS) . For more information about Amazon ECS blue/green deployments through AWS CloudFormation and how to view your deployment in CodeDeploy, see Create an Amazon ECS blue/green deployment through AWS CloudFormation.