AWS::LanguageExtensions transform - AWS CloudFormation

AWS::LanguageExtensions transform

The AWS::LanguageExtensions transform is a macro hosted by AWS CloudFormation that lets you use intrinsic functions and other functionalities not included by default in AWS CloudFormation. When a template references AWS::LanguageExtensions, and you're creating or updating stacks using change sets, AWS CloudFormation updates any intrinsic function defined by the transform to its resolved value within the template.

The AWS::LanguageExtensions transform supports the following functions and attributes:


The value for the transform declaration must be a literal string. You can't use a parameter or function to specify a transform value. See this snippet for an example of a transform declaration:

Syntax at the top level of a template

Use the AWS::LanguageExtensions transform at the top level of a template. You can't use the AWS::LanguageExtensions transform as an embedded transform in any other template section.


"Transform": "AWS::LanguageExtensions"


Transform: AWS::LanguageExtensions


The AWS::LanguageExtensions transform doesn't accept parameters.


When using the AWS::LanguageExtensions transform, keep the following considerations in mind:

  • If you update a stack using a different parameter value, don't use the --use-previous-template option where the original template contains the transform. Use the original template, before transformation, in the UpdateStack call. The stack will update with the new parameter values.

  • Short-form YAML syntax isn't supported within a template for intrinsic functions provided by the AWS::LanguageExtensions transform. Use explicit references to functions. For example, use Fn::Length instead of !Length.

  • If you're using multiple transforms, use a list format. If you're using custom macros, place AWS-provided transforms after your custom macros. If you're using both the AWS::LanguageExtensions and AWS::Serverless transforms, the AWS::LanguageExtensions transform must come before the AWS::Serverless transform in the list.

  • Functions and attributes provided by the AWS::LanguageExtensions transform are only supported in the Resources, Conditions, and Outputs sections of a template.

For more information on using macros, see Creating an AWS CloudFormation macro definition.


The following example shows how to use the AWS::LanguageExtensions transform to use the Fn::Length intrinsic function, defined by the transform.


{ "AWSTemplateFormatVersion": "2010-09-09", "Transform": "AWS::LanguageExtensions", "Parameters": { "QueueList": { "Type": "CommaDelimitedList" }, "QueueNameParam": { "Description": "Name for your SQS queue", "Type": "String" } }, "Resources": { "Queue": { "Type": "AWS::SQS::Queue", "Properties": { "QueueName": { "Ref": "QueueNameParam" }, "DelaySeconds": { "Fn::Length": { "Ref": "QueueList" } } } } } }


AWSTemplateFormatVersion: 2010-09-09 Transform: 'AWS::LanguageExtensions' Parameters: QueueList: Type: CommaDelimitedList QueueNameParam: Description: Name for your SQS queue Type: String Resources: Queue: Type: 'AWS::SQS::Queue' Properties: QueueName: !Ref QueueNameParam DelaySeconds: 'Fn::Length': !Ref QueueList