Using service-linked roles for CodeWhisperer - CodeWhisperer

Using service-linked roles for CodeWhisperer

Amazon CodeWhisperer uses AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service-linked roles. A service-linked role is a unique type of IAM role that is linked directly to CodeWhisperer. Service-linked roles are predefined by CodeWhisperer and include all the permissions that the service requires to call other AWS services on your behalf.

A service-linked role makes setting up CodeWhisperer easier because you don’t have to manually add the necessary permissions. CodeWhisperer defines the permissions of its service-linked roles, and unless defined otherwise, only CodeWhisperer can assume its roles. The defined permissions include the trust policy and the permissions policy, and that permissions policy cannot be attached to any other IAM entity.

You can delete a service-linked role only after first deleting their related resources. This protects your CodeWhisperer resources because you can't inadvertently remove permission to access the resources.

For information about other services that support service-linked roles, see AWS services that work with IAM and look for the services that have Yes in the Service-linked roles column. Choose a Yes with a link to view the service-linked role documentation for that service.

Learn about AWS managed policies for Amazon CodeWhisperer.

Service-linked role permissions for CodeWhisperer

CodeWhisperer uses the service-linked role named AWSServiceRoleForCodeWhisperer – This role grants permissions to CodeWhisperer to access data in your account to calculate billing, provides access to create and access security reports in Amazon CodeGuru, and emit data to CloudWatch..

The AWSServiceRoleForCodeWhisperer service-linked role trusts the following services to assume the role:


The role permissions policy named AWSServiceRoleForCodeWhispererPolicy allows CodeWhisperer to complete the following actions on the specified resources:

  • Action: cloudwatch:PutMetricData on AWS/CodeWhisperer CloudWatch namespace

  • Action: codeguru-security:CreateUploadUrl on *

  • Action: codeguru-security:CreateScan on arn:aws:codeguru-security:*:*:scans/CodeWhisperer-*

  • Action: codeguru-security:GetScan on arn:aws:codeguru-security:*:*:scans/CodeWhisperer-*

  • Action: codeguru-security:ListFindings on arn:aws:codeguru-security:*:*:scans/CodeWhisperer-*

  • Action: sso:ListProfiles on *

  • Action: sso:ListProfileAssociations on *

  • Action: sso-directory:ListMembersInGroup on *

  • Action: sso:ListDirectoryAssociations on *

  • Action: sso:DescribeRegisteredRegions on *

  • Action: sso:GetProfile on *

You must configure permissions to allow your users, groups, or roles to create, edit, or delete a service-linked role. For more information, see Service-linked role permissions in the IAM User Guide.

Creating a service-linked role for CodeWhisperer

You don't need to manually create a service-linked role. When you Set up CodeWhisperer in the AWS Management Console, CodeWhisperer creates the service-linked role for you.

If you delete this service-linked role, and then need to create it again, you can use the same process to recreate the role in your account. When you update the settings, CodeWhisperer creates the service-linked role for you again.

You can also use the IAM console or AWS CLI to create a service-linked role with the service name. For more information, see Creating a service-linked role in the IAM User Guide. If you delete this service-linked role, you can use this same process to create the role again.

Editing a service-linked role for CodeWhisperer

CodeWhisperer does not allow you to edit the AWSServiceRoleForCodeWhisperer service-linked role. After you create a service-linked role, you cannot change the name of the role because various entities might reference the role. However, you can edit the description of the role using IAM. For more information, see Editing a service-linked role in the IAM User Guide.

Deleting a service-linked role for CodeWhisperer

If you no longer need to use a feature or service that requires a service-linked role, we recommend that you delete that role. That way you don’t have an unused entity that is not actively monitored or maintained. However, you must clean up the resources for your service-linked role before you can manually delete it.


If the CodeWhisperer service is using the role when you try to delete the resources, then the deletion might fail. If that happens, wait for a few minutes and try the operation again.

To manually delete the service-linked role using IAM

Use the IAM console, the AWS CLI, or the AWS API to delete the AWSServiceRoleForCodeWhisperer service-linked role. For more information, see Deleting a service-linked role in the IAM User Guide.

Supported Regions for CodeWhisperer service-linked roles

CodeWhisperer does not support using service-linked roles in every Region where the service is available. You can use the AWSServiceRoleForCodeWhisperer role in the following Regions. For more information, see AWS Regions and endpoints.

Region name Region identity Support in CodeWhisperer
US East (N. Virginia) us-east-1 Yes
US East (Ohio) us-east-2 No
US West (N. California) us-west-1 No
US West (Oregon) us-west-2 No
Africa (Cape Town) af-south-1 No
Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) ap-east-1 No
Asia Pacific (Jakarta) ap-southeast-3 No
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) ap-south-1 No
Asia Pacific (Osaka) ap-northeast-3 No
Asia Pacific (Seoul) ap-northeast-2 No
Asia Pacific (Singapore) ap-southeast-1 No
Asia Pacific (Sydney) ap-southeast-2 No
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) ap-northeast-1 No
Canada (Central) ca-central-1 No
Europe (Frankfurt) eu-central-1 No
Europe (Ireland) eu-west-1 No
Europe (London) eu-west-2 No
Europe (Milan) eu-south-1 No
Europe (Paris) eu-west-3 No
Europe (Stockholm) eu-north-1 No
Middle East (Bahrain) me-south-1 No
Middle East (UAE) me-central-1 No
South America (São Paulo) sa-east-1 No
AWS GovCloud (US-East) us-gov-east-1 No
AWS GovCloud (US-West) us-gov-west-1 No