PutWarmPool - Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling


Creates or updates a warm pool for the specified Auto Scaling group. A warm pool is a pool of pre-initialized EC2 instances that sits alongside the Auto Scaling group. Whenever your application needs to scale out, the Auto Scaling group can draw on the warm pool to meet its new desired capacity.

This operation must be called from the Region in which the Auto Scaling group was created.

You can view the instances in the warm pool using the DescribeWarmPool API call. If you are no longer using a warm pool, you can delete it by calling the DeleteWarmPool API.

For more information, see Warm pools for Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling in the Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling User Guide.

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.


The name of the Auto Scaling group.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 255.

Pattern: [\u0020-\uD7FF\uE000-\uFFFD\uD800\uDC00-\uDBFF\uDFFF\r\n\t]*

Required: Yes


Indicates whether instances in the Auto Scaling group can be returned to the warm pool on scale in. The default is to terminate instances in the Auto Scaling group when the group scales in.

Type: InstanceReusePolicy object

Required: No


Specifies the maximum number of instances that are allowed to be in the warm pool or in any state except Terminated for the Auto Scaling group. This is an optional property. Specify it only if you do not want the warm pool size to be determined by the difference between the group's maximum capacity and its desired capacity.


If a value for MaxGroupPreparedCapacity is not specified, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling launches and maintains the difference between the group's maximum capacity and its desired capacity. If you specify a value for MaxGroupPreparedCapacity, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling uses the difference between the MaxGroupPreparedCapacity and the desired capacity instead.

The size of the warm pool is dynamic. Only when MaxGroupPreparedCapacity and MinSize are set to the same value does the warm pool have an absolute size.

If the desired capacity of the Auto Scaling group is higher than the MaxGroupPreparedCapacity, the capacity of the warm pool is 0, unless you specify a value for MinSize. To remove a value that you previously set, include the property but specify -1 for the value.

Type: Integer

Valid Range: Minimum value of -1.

Required: No


Specifies the minimum number of instances to maintain in the warm pool. This helps you to ensure that there is always a certain number of warmed instances available to handle traffic spikes. Defaults to 0 if not specified.

Type: Integer

Valid Range: Minimum value of 0.

Required: No


Sets the instance state to transition to after the lifecycle actions are complete. Default is Stopped.

Type: String

Valid Values: Stopped | Running | Hibernated

Required: No


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


You have already reached a limit for your Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling resources (for example, Auto Scaling groups, launch configurations, or lifecycle hooks). For more information, see DescribeAccountLimits.

HTTP Status Code: 400


You already have a pending update to an Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling resource (for example, an Auto Scaling group, instance, or load balancer).

HTTP Status Code: 500



This example illustrates one usage of PutWarmPool.

Sample Request

https://autoscaling.amazonaws.com/?Action=PutWarmPool &AutoScalingGroupName=my-asg &MinSize=30 &PoolState=Hibernated &InstanceReusePolicy.ReuseOnScaleIn=true &Version=2011-01-01 &AUTHPARAMS

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: