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NOTICE: This is a beta release. It's functional, but still under heavy development and subject to change without warning.

shboard displays your EC2 instances in a ncurses-style terminal dashboard. It looks cool, and opens faster than the AWS console. New Relic Servers stats are also displayed if an API key is provided.


  • Displays all EC2s within a given region, sorted and color-coded by name.
  • Information available per server:
    • ID
    • Name
    • Public and private IPs and DNS names
    • Tags (visible on mouseover)
    • CPU usage (%)
    • Disk usage (%)
    • Memory usage (bytes)
    • Network I/O (bytes/sec)
  • Click on a server to select it. (Or use arrow-keys to select.)
  • Click on a selected server to open it in the AWS dashboard.
  • Click on a public/private IP, or the instance ID, to copy the value to your clipboard.

Installation and Usage

shboard is distributed as an npm package. Installation: npm install -g shboard

Usage: Run shboard --aws-profile PROFILE --aws-region REGION to launch the dashboard.

In order to avoid passing these arguments every time, you can do shboard --aws-profile PROFILE --aws-region REGION --save-config to write your settings to a config file on disk. Then shboard will use the specified profile/region automatically.

Use shboard --help for more information. The output is shown below for reference. Note that some of these parameters are not used for existing functionality (e.g. --papertrail-key).

Usage: shboard [options]

  -h, --help                                                      Display this help message and exit.
      --debug                                                     Enable debugging instrumentation (may impact performance).
      --run-tests                                                 Run test.check suite instead of launching shboard.
      --print-config                                              Print config (including API keys) to STDOUT and exit.
  -S, --save-config                                               Write current config (except API keys) to config file.
      --save-api-keys                                             Write API keys to config file. Implies --save-config.
  -M, --no-metrics                                                Disable New Relic metrics.
  -l, --log-file FILE                                             Output diagnostic logging into specified log file.
  -c, --config-file FILE     $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/shboard/config.edn  Override config file location
  -P, --aws-profile PROFILE  $AWS_PROFILE                         AWS profile to use. If none is specified, will use "default"
  -r, --aws-region REGION    $AWS_REGION                          AWS region to use. Overrides profile default.
      --new-relic-key KEY    $NEW_RELIC_API_KEY                   New Relic API key to use. Required for server metrics.
      --papertrail-key KEY   $PAPERTRAIL_API_KEY                  API key for Papertrail. Required for viewing logs.

Configuration File

shboard is configurable via command-line arguments as well as with a config.edn file. edn is a Clojure-related data format that allows you to represent data more compactly than with JSON. By default, this file is looked for in ~/.config/shboard/config.edn. You can view the configuration being used with: shboard --print-config, or automatically update the config.edn file with the running configuration using shboard --save-config.

Building From Source

shboard is written in ClojureScript, which has to be compiled to Javascript before it can be executed with Node. This process is managed by Boot. See the boot install instructions for details on how to get boot on your machine.

Once you have boot, the root directory of the project, run boot build to compile the application to the target/ output directory. You should then be able to node target/main.js to run the dashboard.

There is also a dev build: boot build-dev, and a file watcher that rebuilds on changes: boot follow. Because the dev builds are compiled without optimizations, the application must be run from within the target directory: cd target && node main.js. However, the dev build is faster.

NPM Dependencies

Node package dependencies can be managed with boot if they are in the CLJSJS repository. If not, use the package.json in the root folder to manage them. The modules are copied to the target directory as part of the build process.


Copyright © 2017 Luke Turner

Distributed under the MIT License (SPDX:MIT)


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