A ssh_config manager for AWS EC2
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ec2ssh is a ssh_config manager for Amazon EC2.

ec2ssh command adds Host descriptions to ssh_config (~/.ssh/config default). 'Name' tag of instances are used as Host descriptions.

How to use

1. Set 'Name' tag to your instances

eg. Tag 'app-server-1' as 'Name' to an instance i-xxxxx in us-west-1 region.

2. Write ~/.aws/credentials

# ~/.aws/credentials



If you need more details about ~/.aws/credentials, check A New and Standardized Way to Manage Credentials in the AWS SDKs

3. Install ec2ssh

$ gem install ec2ssh

4. Execute ec2ssh init

$ ec2ssh init

5. Edit .ec2ssh

$ vi ~/.ec2ssh
profiles 'default', 'myprofile'
regions 'us-east-1'

# Ignore unnamed instances
reject {|instance| !instance.tags['Name'] }

# You can use methods of AWS::EC2::Instance.
# See http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSRubySDK/latest/AWS/EC2/Instance.html
host_line <<END
Host <%= tags['Name'] %>.<%= availability_zone %>
  HostName <%= dns_name || private_ip_address %>

6. Execute ec2ssh update

$ ec2ssh update

Then host-names of your instances are generated and wrote to .ssh/config

7. And you can ssh to your instances with your tagged name.

$ ssh app-server-1.us-east-1a


$ ec2ssh help [TASK]  # Describe available tasks or one specific task
$ ec2ssh init         # Add ec2ssh mark to ssh_config
$ ec2ssh update       # Update ec2 hosts list in ssh_config
$ ec2ssh remove       # Remove ec2ssh mark from ssh_config



Each command can use --dotfile option to set dotfile (.ec2ssh) path. ~/.ec2ssh is default.

$ ec2ssh init --dotfile /path/to/ssh_config

ssh_config and mark lines

ec2ssh init command inserts mark lines your .ssh/config such as:

### EC2SSH BEGIN ###
# Generated by ec2ssh http://github.com/mirakui/ec2ssh
# DO NOT edit this block!
# Updated Sun Dec 05 00:00:14 +0900 2010
### EC2SSH END ###

ec2ssh update command inserts 'Host' descriptions between 'BEGIN' line and 'END' line.

### EC2SSH BEGIN ###
# Generated by ec2ssh http://github.com/mirakui/ec2ssh
# DO NOT edit this block!
# Updated Sun Dec 05 00:00:14 +0900 2010

# section: default
Host app-server-1.us-west-1
  HostName ec2-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx.us-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com
Host db-server-1.ap-southeast-1
  HostName ec2-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx.ap-southeast-1.compute.amazonaws.com
### EC2SSH END ###

ec2ssh remove command removes the mark lines.

How to upgrade from 1.x to 2.x

If you have used ec2ssh-1.x, it seems that you may not have '~/.ec2ssh'. So you need execute ec2ssh init once to create ~/.ec2ssh, and edit it as you like.

$ ec2ssh init
$ vi ~/.ec2ssh

How to upgrade from 2.x to 3.x

Dotfile (.ec2ssh) format has been changed from YAML to Ruby DSL.

Don't panic and run ec2ssh migrate if you have ec2ssh-2.x styled dotfile.

$ ec2ssh migrate

This command converts your existing .ec2ssh file into 3.x style.


ec2ssh command updates your .ssh/config file default. You should make a backup of it.

Zsh completion support

Use zsh/_ec2ssh.


Copyright (c) 2014 Issei Naruta. ec2ssh is released under the MIT license.