AWS CloudFormation
User Guide (API Version 2010-05-15)
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UpdatePolicy Attribute

The UpdatePolicy attribute enables you to specify how AWS CloudFormation handles rolling updates for a particular resource.


Currently, the only AWS CloudFormation resource that supports update policies is AWS::AutoScaling::AutoScalingGroup. For auto scaling groups, the update policy is invoked by a change in the launch configuration or in the subnet group membership of the auto scaling group.


"UpdatePolicy" : {
   "AutoScalingRollingUpdate" : {
      "MaxBatchSize" : String,
      "MinInstancesInService" : String,
      "PauseTime" : String

UpdatePolicy Options

UpdatePolicy contains an AutoScalingRollingUpdate embedded object that specifies the following policy settings:


The maximum number of instances that are terminated at a given time.

Type: String

Required: No The default value is one ("1").


The minimum number of instances that must be in service within the auto-scaling group while obsolete instances are being terminated.

Type: String

Required: No The default value is zero ("0").


The amount of time to pause before changes are made to a resource, for example, before adding or removing auto-scaling instances when scaling up or terminating instances in an auto-scaling group.

The value must be in ISO8601 duration format, in the form: "PT#H#M#S", where each # is the number of hours, minutes, and/or seconds, respectively. The maximum amount of time that can be specified for the pause time is one hour ("PT1H").

Type: String

Required: No The default value is zero seconds ("PT0S").


The following example shows how to add an update policy to an auto-scaling group.

"ASG1" : {
   "UpdatePolicy" : {
      "AutoScalingRollingUpdate" : {
         "MinInstancesInService" : "1",
         "MaxBatchSize" : "1",
         "PauseTime" : "PT12M5S"
   "Type" : "AWS::AutoScaling::AutoScalingGroup",
   "Properties" : {
      "AvailabilityZones" : { "Fn::GetAZs" : { "Ref" : "AWS::Region" } },
      "LaunchConfigurationName" : { "Ref" : "ASLC" },
      "MaxSize" : "3",
      "MinSize" : "1"