How AWS CodeDeploy works with IAM - AWS CodeDeploy

How AWS CodeDeploy works with IAM

Before you use IAM to manage access to CodeDeploy, you should understand which IAM features are available to use with CodeDeploy. For more information, see AWS services that work with IAM in the IAM User Guide.

CodeDeploy identity-based policies

With IAM identity-based policies, you can specify allowed or denied actions and resources and the conditions under which actions are allowed or denied. CodeDeploy supports actions, resources, and condition keys. For information about the elements that you use in a JSON policy, see IAM JSON policy elements reference in the IAM User Guide.


Administrators can use AWS JSON policies to specify who has access to what. That is, which principal can perform actions on what resources, and under what conditions.

The Action element of a JSON policy describes the actions that you can use to allow or deny access in a policy. Policy actions usually have the same name as the associated AWS API operation. There are some exceptions, such as permission-only actions that don't have a matching API operation. There are also some operations that require multiple actions in a policy. These additional actions are called dependent actions.

Include actions in a policy to grant permissions to perform the associated operation.

Policy actions in CodeDeploy use the codedeploy: prefix before the action. For example, the codedeploy:GetApplication permission grants the user permissions to perform the GetApplication operation. Policy statements must include either an Action or NotAction element. CodeDeploy defines its own set of actions that describe tasks that you can perform with this service.

To specify multiple actions in a single statement, separate them with commas as follows:

"Action": [ "codedeploy:action1", "codedeploy:action2"

You can specify multiple actions using wildcards (*). For example, include the following action to specify all actions that begin with the word Describe:

"Action": "ec2:Describe*"

For a list of CodeDeploy actions, see Actions Defined by AWS CodeDeploy in the IAM User Guide.

For a table that lists all of the CodeDeploy API actions and the resources they apply to, see CodeDeploy permissions reference.


Administrators can use AWS JSON policies to specify who has access to what. That is, which principal can perform actions on what resources, and under what conditions.

The Resource JSON policy element specifies the object or objects to which the action applies. Statements must include either a Resource or a NotResource element. As a best practice, specify a resource using its Amazon Resource Name (ARN). You can do this for actions that support a specific resource type, known as resource-level permissions.

For actions that don't support resource-level permissions, such as listing operations, use a wildcard (*) to indicate that the statement applies to all resources.

"Resource": "*"

For example, you can indicate a deployment group (myDeploymentGroup) in your statement using its ARN as follows:

"Resource": "arn:aws:codedeploy:us-west-2:123456789012:deploymentgroup/myDeploymentGroup"

You can also specify all deployment groups that belong to an account by using the wildcard character (*) as follows:

"Resource": "arn:aws:codedeploy:us-west-2:123456789012:deploymentgroup/*"

To specify all resources, or if an API action does not support ARNs, use the wildcard character (*) in the Resource element as follows:

"Resource": "*"

Some CodeDeploy API actions accept multiple resources (for example, BatchGetDeploymentGroups). To specify multiple resources in a single statement, separate their ARNs with commas, as follows:

"Resource": ["arn1", "arn2"]

CodeDeploy provides a set of operations to work with the CodeDeploy resources. For a list of available operations, see CodeDeploy permissions reference.

For a list of CodeDeploy resource types and their ARNs, see Resources Defined by AWS CodeDeploy in the IAM User Guide. For information about the actions in which you can specify the ARN of each resource, see Actions Defined by AWS CodeDeploy.

CodeDeploy resources and operations

In CodeDeploy, the primary resource is a deployment group. In a policy, you use an Amazon Resource Name (ARN) to identify the resource that the policy applies to. CodeDeploy supports other resources that can be used with deployment groups, including applications, deployment configurations, and instances. These are referred to as subresources. These resources and subresources have unique ARNs associated with them. For more information, see Amazon resource names (ARNs) in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

Resource type ARN format
Deployment group




Deployment configuration




All CodeDeploy resources


All CodeDeploy resources owned by the specified account in the specified Region



Most services in AWS treat a colon (:) or a forward slash (/) as the same character in ARNs. However, CodeDeploy uses an exact match in resource patterns and rules. Be sure to use the correct ARN characters when you create event patterns so that they match the ARN syntax in the resource.

Condition keys

CodeDeploy does not provide any service-specific condition keys, but it does support the use of some global condition keys. For more information, see AWS global condition context keys in the IAM User Guide.


To view examples of CodeDeploy identity-based policies, see AWS CodeDeploy identity-based policy examples.

CodeDeploy resource-based policies

CodeDeploy does not support resource-based policies. To view an example of a detailed resource-based policy page, see Using resource-based policies for AWS Lambda.

Authorization based on CodeDeploy tags

CodeDeploy does not support tagging resources or controlling access based on tags.

CodeDeploy IAM roles

An IAM role is an entity in your AWS account that has specific permissions.

Using temporary credentials with CodeDeploy

You can use temporary credentials to sign in with federation, assume an IAM role, or to assume a cross-account role. You obtain temporary security credentials by calling AWS STS API operations such as AssumeRole or GetFederationToken.

CodeDeploy supports the use of temporary credentials.

Service-linked roles

CodeDeploy does not support service-linked roles.

Service roles

This feature allows a service to assume a service role on your behalf. This role allows the service to access resources in other services to complete an action on your behalf. Service roles appear in your IAM account and are owned by the account. This means that an IAM administrator can change the permissions for this role. However, doing so might break the functionality of the service.

CodeDeploy supports service roles.

Choosing an IAM role in CodeDeploy

When you create a deployment group resource in CodeDeploy, you must choose a role to allow CodeDeploy to access Amazon EC2 on your behalf. If you have previously created a service role or service-linked role, CodeDeploy provides you with a list of roles to choose from. It's important to choose a role that allows access to start and stop EC2 instances.