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Automatically configures system DNS using Amazon Route53.

It creates CNAME entries similar to those created in the dynect cookbook


Chef 0.8+.

An AWS Route53 account.

The fog gem. The fog::default recipe installs this gem and its dependencies


The following attributes need to be set either in a role or on a node directly, they are not set at the cookbook level:

  • - Zone

Example JSON:

  "route53": {
    "access_key": "SECRET_KEY",
    "secret_key": "ACCESS_KEY",
    "zone": "ZONE",
    "domain": "DOMAIN"

EC2 specific attributes:

  • route53.ec2.type - type of system, web, db, etc. Default is 'ec2'.
  • route53.ec2.env - logical application environment the system is in. Default is 'prod'.



DNS Resource Record.


Applies to the DNS record being managed.

  • :create
  • :replace
  • :update
  • :delete

Attribute Parameters:

  • zone - DNS zone
  • name - fully qualified domain name of entry in zone
  • type - DNS record type (CNAME, A, etc)
  • values - Record values.
  • default_ttl - default time to live in seconds
  • access_key - dyn username
  • secret_key - dyn password

None of the parameters have default values.


route53_rr "webprod" do
  name       "webprod.#{}"
  type "A"   values([ ""])
  ttl        node[:route53][:default_ttl]
  access_key node[:route53][:access_key]
  secret_key node[:route53][:secret_key]
  zone       node[:route53][:zone]


This cookbook provides the following recipes.


The default recipe installs the route53 gem during the Chef run's compile time to ensure it is available in the same run as utilizing the route53_rr resource/provider.


Only use this recipe on Amazon AWS EC2 hosts!

The route53::ec2 recipe provides an example of working with the Route53 API with EC2 instances. It creates CNAME records based on the EC2 instance ID (node.ec2.instance_id), and a constructed hostname from the route53.ec2 attributes.

The recipe also edits resolv.conf to search compute-1.internal and the route53.domain and use route53.domain as the default domain, and it will set the nodes hostname per the DNS settings.


The route53::a_record recipe will create an A record for the node using the detected hostname and IP address from ohai.


Information on the Amazon Route53 API:

Route53 Library by Philip Corliss


Based on dynect cookbook,

  • Original Author: Adam Jacob (
  • Original Copyright: 2010, 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

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