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Manage snapshots of EBS volumes

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Take snapshots of EBS volumes and keep them for a period of time.
We use this to take nightly snapshots and retain them for several days before being purged.


$ gem install ebs_snapper


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'ebs_snapper'

And then execute:

$ bundle


  • Set up the configuration file, see: config/sample.config.yaml
  • Tag your volume with the key 'Snapper'
  • Setup a cron job to run nightly from a single instance (for example)
    • Once created, the snapshots will be tagged 'Snapper' and contain a timestamp of creation time and the description will also contain the creation time.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Added some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request
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