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AWS CFT Plugin


The AWS CFT Plugin integrates RightScale Self-Service with the basic functionality of the AWS CloudFormation API.


  • A general understanding CAT development and definitions
    • Refer to the guide documentation for details SS Guides
  • The admin, ss_designer & ss_end_user roles, in a RightScale account with SelfService enabled. admin is needed to retrived the RightScale Credential values identified below.
  • AWS Account credentials with the appropriate permissions to manage elastic load balancers
  • The following RightScale Credentials
  • The following packages are also required (See the Installation section for details):

Getting Started


  1. Be sure your RightScale account has Self-Service enabled
  2. Connect AWS Cloud credentials to your RightScale account (if not already completed)
  3. Navigate to the appropriate Self-Service portal
  4. In the Design section, use the Upload CAT interface to complete the following:
    1. Upload each of packages listed in the Requirements Section
    2. Upload the aws_cft_plugin.rb file located in this repository

How to Use

The CFT Plugin has been packaged as plugins/rs_aws_cft. In order to use this plugin you must import this plugin into a CAT.

import "plugins/rs_aws_cft"

For more information on using packages, please refer to the RightScale online documenataion. Importing a Package

Supported Resources

  • stack
  • resources (no provision capabilities)

Resource: stack

Supported Fields

Note: There are many possible configurations when defining a stack resource. While some fields below are not listed as "Required", they may actually be required for your resource, depending on the value(s) of other field(s). More detailed API documentation is available here.

Field Name Required? Description
capabilities no * The only valid values are CAPABILITY_IAM and CAPABILITY_NAMED_IAM. The following resources require you to specify this parameter: AWS::IAM::AccessKey, AWS::IAM::Group, AWS::IAM::InstanceProfile, AWS::IAM::Policy, AWS::IAM::Role, AWS::IAM::User, and AWS::IAM::UserToGroupAddition
client_request_token no Specify this token if you plan to retry requests so that AWS CloudFormation knows that you're not attempting to create a stack with the same name
disable_rollback no Set to true to disable rollback of the stack if stack creation failed. Default value is false. You can specify either on_failure or disable_rollback, but not both.
notification_arn_n no The Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic ARNs to publish stack related events. Where n equals 1-3 (ie. notification_arn_1)
on_failure no Determines what action will be taken if stack creation fails. Allowed Values: DO_NOTHING, ROLLBACK, or DELETE. You can specify either on_failure or disable_rollback, but not both.
parameter_n_name no The key associated with the parameter. If you don't specify a key and value for a particular parameter, AWS CloudFormation uses the default value that is specified in your template. Where n equals 1-60 (ie. parameter_1_name). parameter_1_name and parameter_1_value create a hash of a single CFT parameter, etc.
parameter_n_value no The value associated with the parameter. Where n equals 1-60 (ie. parameter_1_value). parameter_1_name and parameter_1_value create a hash of a single CFT parameter, etc.
resource_type_n no * The template resource types that you have permissions to work with for this create stack action. By default, AWS CloudFormation grants permissions to all resource types. AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) uses this parameter for AWS CloudFormation-specific condition keys in IAM policies. Where n equals 1-3 (ie. resource_type_1)
role_arn no The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role that AWS CloudFormation assumes to create the stack. AWS CloudFormation uses the role's credentials to make calls on your behalf. AWS CloudFormation always uses this role for all future operations on the stack.
stack_name yes The name that is associated with the stack. The name must be unique in the region in which you are creating the stack.
stack_policy_body no Structure containing the stack policy body. You can specify either stack_policy_body or stack_policy_url, but not both.
stack_policy_url no Location of a file containing the stack policy. The URL must point to a policy located in an S3 bucket in the same region as the stack. You can specify either stack_policy_body or stack_policy_url, but not both.
tag_key_n no A string used to identify a tag key. Where n equals 1-50 (ie. tag_key_1). tag_key_1 and tag_value_1 create a hash of a single CFT tag, etc.
tag_value_n no A string containing the value for the associated tag key. Where n equals 1-50 (ie. tag_value_1). tag_key_1 and tag_value_1 create a hash of a single CFT tag, etc.
template_body no ** Structure containing the template body with a minimum length of 1 byte and a maximum length of 51,200 bytes.
template_url no ** Location of file containing the template body. The URL must point to a template (max size: 460,800 bytes) that is located in an Amazon S3 bucket. Examples include generating and using presigned S3 URL.
timeout_in_minutes no The amount of time that can pass before the stack status becomes CREATE_FAILED; if disable_rollback is not set or is set to false, the stack will be rolled back. Note: the auto-provision definition of stack resources includes a 1 hour timeout. If you need to extend that timeout, it is recommended to either edit the provision defintion in the plugin OR use a custom provision definition in your CAT.

* Required if CFT includes IAM resources ** One of template_body OR template_url are required, but both cannot be supplied in the same stack resource.

Supported Outputs

  • StackName
  • StackId
  • CreationTime
  • StackStatus
  • DisableRollback
  • OutputKey
  • OutputValue


AWS CFT resources can now be created by specifying a resource declaration with the desired fields. See the Supported Actions section for a full list of supported actions. The resulting resrouce can be manipulated just like the native RightScale resources in RCL and CAT. See the Examples Section for more examples and complete CAT's.

#Creates a new CloudFormation Stack
resource "my_stack", type: "rs_aws_cft.stack" do
  stack_name join(["cft-", last(split(@@deployment.href, "/"))])
  template_url ""
  timeout_in_minutes 30
  description "CFT Stack Launched from RightScale Self-Service"
  parameter_1_name  "KeyPairName"         #CFTemplate Parameter 
  parameter_1_value $param_KeyPairName    #CAT parameter value input
  parameter_2_name  "AMITOUSE"            #CFTemplate Parameter 
  parameter_2_value $param_AMITOUSE       #CAT parameter value input
  tag_key_1         CreatedBy"            #CFTemplate Parameter for Tags
  tag_value_1       $param_Tags_CreatedBy #CAT parameter value input for tag
  tag_key_2         "REGION"              #CFTemplate Parameter  for Tags
  tag_value_2       $param_Tags_REGION    #CAT parameter value input for tag

Supported Actions

Action API Implementation Support Level
create CreateStack Supported
destroy DeleteStack Supported
get DescribeStacks Supported
get_stack DescribeStacks Note: This differs from get() in that it requires a stack_name field to be specified. (ie. @my_stack = rs_aws_cft.stack.get_stack(stack_name: "cft-12345") Supported
update UpdateStack Supported

Supported Links

Link Associated Resource RCL Example
resources() resources @stack_resources = @my_stack.resources()

Resource: resources

Supported Fields

Reminder: create() is not a supported action on this resource type. The fields below can be used to filter specific Stack Resources via get() & show() actions.

Field Name Required? Description
stack_name only for the show() action Name of the stack of which to return the associated resources
logical_resource_id no Logical Resource ID to filter
physical_resource_id no Physical Resource ID to filter

Supported Outputs

  • StackName
  • StackId
  • Timestamp
  • LogicalResourceId
  • PhysicalResourceId
  • ResourceType
  • ResourceStatus
#output "stackname" do
  label "CloudFormation StackName"
  default_value @stack.StackName

# Output the StackID
output "stackid" do
  label "CloudFormation StackId"
  default_value @stack.StackId

# Output the Creation Time of Stack
output "creationtime" do
  label "CloudFormation CreationTime"
  default_value @stack.CreationTime

# Output the Stack Status
output "stackstatus" do
  label "CloudFormation StackStatus"
  default_value @stack.StackStatus

Supported Links

Link Associated Resource RCL Example
stack() stack @stack = "cft-12345", logical_resource_id: "my_cloudfront_distribution").stack()

Supported Actions

Action API Implementation Support Level
get DescribeStackResource Supported
show DescribeStackResources Supported


Please review cft_test_cat.rb for a basic example implementation.

Known Issues / Limitations

  • Currently only supports a single region. To support a different region, edit the host & region fields of the resource_pool declaration in the Plugin:
resource_pool "rs_aws_cft" do
  plugin $rs_aws_cft
  host ""
  auth "key", type: "aws" do
    version     4
    service    'cloudformation'
    region     'us-east-1'
    access_key cred('AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID')
    secret_key cred('AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY')

Getting Help

Support for this plugin will be provided though GitHub Issues and the RightScale public slack channel #plugins. Visit to join!


The AWS EFS Plugin source code is subject to the MIT license, see the LICENSE file.

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