AWS Elastic Beanstalk
Developer Guide

eb init


Sets default values for Elastic Beanstalk applications created with EB CLI by prompting you with a series of questions.


The values you set with init apply only to the current directory and repository.


eb init

eb init application-name


If you run eb init without specifying any options, the EB CLI prompts you to enter a value for each setting.


To use eb init to create a new key pair, you must have ssh-keygen installed on your local machine and available from the command line.





Forces EB CLI to prompt you to provide a value for every eb init command option.


The init command prompts you to provide values for eb init command options that do not have a (default) value. After the first time you run the eb init command in a directory, EB CLI might not prompt you about any command options. Therefore, use the --interactive option when you want to change a setting that you previously set.

-k keyname

--keyname keyname

The name of the Amazon EC2 key pair to use with the Secure Shell (SSH) client to securely log in to the Amazon EC2 instances running your Elastic Beanstalk application.

--modules folder-1 folder-2

List of child directories to initialize. Only for use with Compose Environments.

-p platform-configuration

--platform platform-configuration

The platform configuration to use. You can specify a platform name, a platform name and version, a solution stack name, or a solution stack ARN. For example:

  • php, PHP, node.js—The latest configuration for the specified platform

  • php-7.1, "PHP 7.1"—The latest PHP 7.1 configuration

  • "64bit Amazon Linux 2017.09 v2.6.3 running PHP 7.1"—The PHP configuration (solution stack) specified by this name

  • "arn:aws:elasticbeanstalk:us-east-2::platform/PHP 7.1 running on 64bit Amazon Linux/2.6.3"—The PHP configuration (solution stack) specified by this ARN

Use eb platform list to get a list of available configurations.

Specify the --platform option to skip interactive configuration.


When you specify this option, then EB CLI does not prompt you for values for any other options. Instead, it assumes default values for each option. You can specify options for anything for which you do not want to use default values.

--source codecommit/repository-name/branch-name

AWS CodeCommit repository and branch. See Using the EB CLI with AWS CodeCommit.

Common options

AWS CodeBuild Support

If you run eb init in a folder that contains a buildspec.yml file, Elastic Beanstalk parses the file for an eb_codebuild_settings entry with options specific to Elastic Beanstalk. For information about AWS CodeBuild support in Elastic Beanstalk, see Using the EB CLI with AWS CodeBuild.


If successful, the command guides you through setting up a new Elastic Beanstalk application through a series of prompts.


The following example request initializes EB CLI and prompts you to enter information about your application. Replace the red placeholder text with your own values.

$ eb init -i Select a default region 1) us-east-1 : US East (N. Virginia) 2) us-west-1 : US West (N. California) 3) us-west-2 : US West (Oregon) 4) eu-west-1 : EU (Ireland) 5) eu-central-1 : EU (Frankfurt) 6) ap-south-1 : Asia Pacific (Mumbai) 7) ap-southeast-1 : Asia Pacific (Singapore) 8) ap-southeast-2 : Asia Pacific (Sydney) 9) ap-northeast-1 : Asia Pacific (Tokyo) 10) ap-northeast-2 : Asia Pacific (Seoul) 11) sa-east-1 : South America (São Paulo) 12) cn-north-1 : China (Beijing) 13) cn-northwest-1 : China (Ningxia) 14) us-east-2 : US East (Ohio) 15) ca-central-1 : Canada (Central) 16) eu-west-2 : EU (London) 17) eu-west-3 : EU (Paris) (default is 3): 3 Select an application to use 1) HelloWorldApp 2) NewApp 3) [ Create new Application ] (default is 3): 3 Enter Application Name (default is "tmp"): Application tmp has been created. It appears you are using PHP. Is this correct? (y/n): y Select a platform version. 1) PHP 5.5 2) PHP 5.4 3) PHP 5.3 (default is 1): 1 Do you want to set up SSH for your instances? (y/n): y Select a keypair. 1) aws-eb 2) [ Create new KeyPair ] (default is 2): 1