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

Update Your Stack Set

You can update your stack set in either the AWS Management Console, or by using AWS CloudFormation commands in the AWS CLI. In this walkthrough, we are changing the default snapshot delivery frequency for delivery channel configuration from 24hours to 12hours.

To update a stack set by using the AWS Management Console

  1. Open the AWS CloudFormation console at

  2. At the top of the page, choose StackSets.

  3. On the StackSets home page, select the stack set that you created in Create a New Stack Set. In this walkthrough, we created a stack set named my-awsconfig-stackset.

  4. With the stack set selected, choose Manage stacks in stack set from the Actions menu.

  5. Choose Edit stacks, and then choose Next.

                        Manage stacks in stack set page
  6. On the Select template page, choose whether you want to update the current template, specify an S3 URL to another template, or upload a new template to AWS CloudFormation. In this walkthrough, we are using the current template. Choose Current template: Update my-aws-config-stackset, and then choose Next.

                        Select template page
  7. On the Specify details page of the wizard, change the following information.

    1. You are prompted to specify values for parameters that are used by AWS Config. For more information about these parameters, see Setting up AWS Config with the Console in the AWS Config Developer Guide. In this walkthrough, we change the default snapshot delivery frequency for delivery channel configuration from 24hours to 12hours.

                                Change AWS Config parameter
    2. Do not make changes to the other parameters. For the purposes of this walkthrough, we are not configuring Amazon SNS updates.

  8. When you are finished updating the Delivery snapshot frequency parameter for AWS Config, choose Next.

  9. On the Set deployment options page, keep the default value of 1 and By number for Maximum concurrent accounts. This means that AWS CloudFormation updates your stack in only one account at one time. Keep the default Failure tolerance of 0, and keep the By number default option. This means that a maximum of one stack update can fail in one of your specified regions before AWS CloudFormation stops updates in the current region, and cancels updates in remaining regions. Choose Next.


    You cannot change accounts and regions here; that is, you cannot deploy stack set changes to stacks in some accounts and regions, but not others.

                        Set update options
  10. On the Tags page, no changes are needed, but you can update, delete, or add new tags here if desired. For more information about how tags are used in AWS, see Using Cost Allocation Tags in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide. Choose Next.

  11. On the Review page, review your choices and your stack set's properties. To make changes, choose Edit in the upper-right corner of an area in which you want to change properties. Before you can update the stack set, you must fill the check box in the Capabilities area to acknowledge that some of the resources that you are updating with the stack set might require new IAM resources and permissions. For more information about potentially required permissions, see Acknowledging IAM Resources in AWS CloudFormation Templates in this guide. When you are are ready to create your stack set, choose Update stacks.

                        Review update options
  12. AWS CloudFormation starts applying your updates to your stack set. You can view the progress and status of updates on the stack set properties page that opens after you choose Update stacks. You should see the updated Delivery snapshot frequency period in the AWS Config parameters.

To update a stack set template by using the AWS CLI

Run the update-stack-set AWS CLI command to make changes to your stack set. In this walkthrough, we are updating the value of the MaximumExecutionFrequency parameter. For more information about the parameter names and values for creating or updating an AWS Config rule, see put-config-rule in the AWS CLI reference. To change template parameter values, add the --parameters parameter. For more information about what you can specify as a value for --parameters, see Parameter in the AWS CloudFormation API Reference, and update-stack in the AWS CLI Command Reference.

In the example command shown here, we are updating the stack set by using --parameters; specifically, we change the default snapshot delivery frequency for delivery channel configuration from TwentyFour_Hours to Twelve_Hours. Because we are still using the current template, we add the --use-previous-template parameter.

  1. Run the following command. For stack set name, specify the stack set name my-awsconfig-stackset.

    Set the failure tolerance and maximum concurrent accounts by setting FailureToleranceCount to 0, and MaxConcurrentCount to 1 in the --operation-preferences parameter, as shown in the following example. To apply percentages instead, use FailureTolerancePercentage or MaxConcurrentPercentage. For the purposes of this walkthrough, we are using count, not percentage.

    aws cloudformation update-stack-set --stack-set-name my-awsconfig-stackset --use-previous-template --parameters ParameterKey=MaximumExecutionFrequency,ParameterValue=TwentyFour_Hours\\,Twelve_Hours --operation-preferences FailureToleranceCount=0,MaxConcurrentCount=1
  2. Verify that your stack set was updated successfully by running the describe-stack-set-operation command to show the status and results of your update operation. For --operation-id, use the operation ID that was returned by your update-stack-set command.

    aws cloudformation describe-stack-set-operation --operation-id operation_ID