Parse AWS ARNs in Clojure
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Parse AWS ARNs into useful information.

AWS have documented the structure of their ARNs. This simple library parses these known ARN structures into a map of ARN components.


ARN parsing is useful with provisioning tools, because ARNs encode all the information necessary to refer to an AWS resource.

As an example, provisioning a Lambda function that puts items into a DynamoDB table requires that you know:

  • the table ARN, to grant permissions
  • the table region and name, to construct the put item API calls

You could pass all three separately as parameters into your provisioning solution, or you can just pass the ARN and have you Lambda function parse it to obtain the table name and region.

Usage Notes

  • passing nil as the ARN returns nil
  • all keys will be present in the output map, missing values will be represented by nil


AWS documentation is the source for these examples.

(require [aws-arn.core :refer [parse-arn]])

;; IAM is a global service, no region in ARN
(parse-arn "arn:aws:iam::123456789012:user/David")
#_{:partition "aws",
   :service "iam",
   :region nil,
   :account-id "123456789012",
   :resource-type "user",
   :resource "David"}

;; Elastic Beanstalk ARN, note the forward slash in the resource
(parse-arn "arn:aws:elasticbeanstalk:us-east-1:123456789012:environment/My App/MyEnvironment")
#_{:partition "aws",
   :service "elasticbeanstalk",
   :region "us-east-1",
   :account-id "123456789012",
   :resource-type "environment",
   :resource "My App/MyEnvironment"}

;; Parse an RDS ARN
(parse-arn "arn:aws:rds:eu-west-1:123456789012:db:mysql-db")
#_{:partition "aws",
 :service "rds",
 :region "eu-west-1",
 :account-id "123456789012",
 :resource-type "db",
 :resource "mysql-db"}

;; Parse an S3 ARN, no region or account
(parse-arn "arn:aws:s3:::my_corporate_bucket/exampleobject.png")
#_{:partition "aws",
   :service "s3",
   :region nil,
   :account-id nil,
   :resource-type "my_corporate_bucket",
   :resource "exampleobject.png"}