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A configuration provider for Mix which handles AWS SSM parameters.


This package is intended to be used in conjunction with Mix Config.Providers in Elixir 1.9+

To generate the file the config provider will read, run a command similar to

aws --region us-east-1 ssm get-parameters-by-path --path "/${SECRETS_PATH}/YOUR_PROJECT/" --recursive --with-decryption --query "Parameters[]" \
    > /etc/app_secrets.json

AWS recommends the path of the parameter keys follow a pattern similar to /environment/project/service/config_key

For example, a typical path you might set in SSM for your elixir project would be /production/myApp/redix/port

Shared Configs

In order to share configs across environments, aws_ssm_provider looks for the magic string host_app and replaces it with the environment variable APP_NAME

If you had an SSM config that looked like /production/my_project/host_app/shared_config, and your environment had a APP_NAME variable that was my_otp_app then the shared_config value would be placed in your app called my_otp_app.


This package supports setting application variables that are keyword lists. For example, the path /production/myApp/myWebApp/database/connection/port would result in a myWebApp application variable like this

    database: [
        connection: [
            port: yourValue

Type Handling

All SSM keys are returned as strings. If you want to set your value as another type, please see the supported types below.


To set an integer in your application config, simply end your SSM path in /Integer. For example, if you wanted your port to be 4000 and not "4000", your SSM key would look like /staging/myApp/port/Integer

Regular Expressions

To set a regex in your application config, simply end your SSM path in /Regex. For example, if you wanted a fileName config to match "2019.csv", your SSM key would look like /staging/myApp/fileName/Regex. The value you enter in SSM would be


Notice the parantheses and the escape character for the back slash.


To set an integer in your application config, simply end your SSM path in /JsonArray. For example, if you wanted an array of login keys, your SSM key would look like /staging/myApp/login_keys/JsonArray. Each item in your array can be a String (default), or Regex. If you enter your values into the Parameter Store UI in the AWS console, it will handle escaping some characters for you, so you'd want to enter something like ["^.*specialKey\\.secret$/Regex","exact-match-key"].


"true" and "false" are translated to their respective boolean values.

System Vars

If you have a variable in your system environment that you want injected in an application configuration, simply end your path in /FromSystem, for example: /staging/myApp/database/host/FromSystem. When using the system vars, the value of your SSM parameter will be the name of the environment variable. In this case, something like DB_HOST.


The correct version for your needs depends on the version of Distillery or Elixir your project uses:

  • For Distillery versions 2.0.14 and earlier, you want {:aws_ssm_provider, "~> 0.2.1"}.
  • For Distillery versions 2.1.0 and later, you want {:aws_ssm_provider, "~> 1.0.0"}.
  • For Elixir versions 1.9 and later (without Distillery), you want {:aws_ssm_provider, "~> 3.0.0"}.

The package can be installed by adding aws_ssm_provider to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

def deps do
    {:aws_ssm_provider, "~> 3.0.0"}

The docs can be found at

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