Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode - AWS CloudFormation

Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode

AWS Application Composer is a visual builder for modern applications on AWS. Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode is a version of this service that is an improvement from AWS CloudFormation Designer. This new tool is now the recommended tool to visualize your CloudFormation templates. You can also use this tool to create and edit CloudFormation templates. For more information, see the AWS Application Composer Developer Guide.

Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode allows you to drag and drop a variety of AWS services (called cards) onto a visual canvas of your CloudFormation template. This allows you to easily design, edit, and visualize your CloudFormation template as application architecture in Application Composer.

How is this experience different that the standard experience in the Application Composer console?

Lambda-related cards (Lambda Function and Lambda Layer) require code builds and packaging solutions that are not available in Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode. Local sync is also not available, but these cards and local sync can be used in the Application Composer console or the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code. For more information, see Using Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode in the AWS Application Composer Developer Guide and Application Composer in the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio Code User Guide.

Why use Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode?

Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode helps you identify gaps and areas of improvement in your CloudFormation templates and application architecture. This tool improves your development experience with the ease and efficiency of visually building and modifying CloudFormation stacks. With Application Composer, you can start with an initial draft, create deployable code, and incorporate your developer workflows with the visual designer in Application Composer.

For more information, see Using Application Composer in CloudFormation console mode in the AWS Application Composer Developer Guide.