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CloudFormation changesets errors when no changes to be applied #5523

shaunmarx opened this issue Apr 30, 2019 · 3 comments


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commented Apr 30, 2019


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The bug

Currently when there are no changes to be applied for a CloudFormation change set throws an error indicating that there are no changes to be applied.

What I expected to happen

We should not attempt to apply changes and simply generate the output variables resulting the step to succeed instead of fail making things idempotent.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Create a new project and add a Deploy an AWS CloudFormation Template
  2. Ensure you enable the ChangeSet feature and ensure and don't defer execution
  3. Specify a template which creates a resource such as an S3 bucket
	"AWSTemplateFormatVersion": "2010-09-09",
	"Parameters": {
		"BucketName": {
			"Description": "Name of S3 Bucket",
			"Type": "String"
	"Resources": {
	  "S3Bucket": {
		"Type": "AWS::S3::Bucket",
		  "Properties": {
			"BucketName": {
			  "Ref": "BucketName"
	"Outputs": {
	  "S3BucketName": {
		"Value": {
		  "Ref": "S3Bucket"
		"Description": "Name of S3 bucket"
  1. Deploy to the same project more than once
  2. Notice the error

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In some cases it may be possible to forego change-sets and acknowledge that the current template has macros (CAPABILITY_AUTO_EXPAND) instead.



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commented May 2, 2019

Release Note: Fixed an issue where Deploy CloudFormation template step would fail when using the change sets feature and no changes need to be applied

@slewis74 slewis74 modified the milestones: 2019.4.7, 2019.5.0 May 2, 2019

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