Puppet custom type for managing EC2 tags
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Puppet EC2 tag custom type

This module contains a custom type for managing tags on instances in EC2.

Before you start


You must create an IAM user for Puppet to use - don't give Puppet your main AWS keys as this is a fairly big risk to take.

Set the following IAM policy on the user to allow it to tag your instances:

  "Statement": [
      "Sid": "Stmt1363110345614",
      "Action": [
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Resource": [

Edit lib/puppet/provider/ec2_tag/aws.rb and place your AWS access key and secret key in the section at the bottom of the file.

Required gems

You will need the aws-sdk gem installed in whatever Ruby your Puppet is running in. I use puppet-omnibus so this doesn't cause me a great deal of trouble. You'll need the gem on every one of your nodes you want to use this type on.


The custom type is incredibly simple to use.

To create a tag:

ec2_tag {"banana": value => "hello there"}

This will create a tag called "banana" and give it the value "hello there".

To delete a tag:

ec2_tag {"banana": ensure => absent}

This will delete the tag "banana".