Migrating your Elastic Beanstalk Linux application to Amazon Linux 2 - AWS Elastic Beanstalk

Migrating your Elastic Beanstalk Linux application to Amazon Linux 2

AWS Elastic Beanstalk support for Amazon Linux 2 is in beta release and is subject to change.

AWS provides two versions of Amazon Linux: Amazon Linux 2 and Amazon Linux AMI. AWS Elastic Beanstalk maintains platform versions with both Amazon Linux versions. For details about Linux platforms, see Elastic Beanstalk Linux platforms.

If your Elastic Beanstalk application is based on a platform version with a previous version of Amazon Linux AMI, you can leverage our beta program and start exploring the migration of your application's environments to a newer Amazon Linux 2 platform version. The two platform generations aren't guaranteed to be backward compatible with your existing application. Furthermore, even if your application code successfully deploys to the new platform version, it might behave or perform differently due to operating system and run time differences. Although Amazon Linux AMI and Amazon Linux 2 share the same Linux kernel, they differ in their initialization system, libc versions, the compiler tool chain, and various packages. We've also updated platform specific versions of runtime, build tools, and other dependencies. Therefore we recommend that you take your time, test your application thoroughly in a development environment, and make any necessary adjustments.

When we release a generally available Amazon Linux 2 platform version, and when you're ready to go to production, Elastic Beanstalk requires a blue/green deployment to perform the upgrade. For details about platform update strategies, see Updating your Elastic Beanstalk environment's platform version.

Considerations for all Linux platforms

The following table discusses considerations you should be aware of when planning an application migration to Amazon Linux 2. These considerations apply to any of the Elastic Beanstalk Linux platforms, regardless of specific programming languages or application servers.

Area Changes and information

Configuration Files

On Amazon Linux 2 platforms, you can use configuration files as before, and all sections work the same way. However, specific settings might not work the same as they did on previous Amazon Linux AMI platforms. For example:

  • Some software packages that you install using a configuration file might not be available on Amazon Linux 2, or their names might have changed.

  • Some platform specific configuration options have moved from their platform specific namespaces to different, platform agnostic namespaces.

  • Proxy configuration files provided in the .ebextensions/nginx directory should move to the .platform/nginx platform hooks directory. For details, expand the Reverse Proxy Configuration section in Extending Elastic Beanstalk Linux platforms.

We recommend using platform hooks to run custom code on your environment instances. You can still use commands and container commands in .ebextensions configuration files, but they aren't as easy to work with. For example, writing command scripts inside a YAML file can be cumbersome and difficult to test.

You still need to use .ebextensions configuration files for any script that needs a reference to an AWS CloudFormation resource.

Platform hooks

Amazon Linux 2 platforms introduce a new way to extend your environment's platform by adding executable files to hook directories on the environment's instances. With previous Linux platform versions, you might have used custom platform hooks. These hooks weren't designed for managed platforms and weren't supported, but could work in useful ways in some cases. With Amazon Linux 2 platform versions, custom platform hooks don't work. You should migrate any hooks to the new platform hooks. For details, expand the Platform Hooks section in Extending Elastic Beanstalk Linux platforms.

Supported proxy servers

Amazon Linux 2 platforms no longer support Apache HTTPD. They only support the nginx proxy server. If you have any HTTP custom configuration, either files in the .ebextensions/httpd directory or commands in the commands: or container_commands: sections of an .ebextensions configuration file, modify them to use nginx instead. For information about nginx proxy configuration, expand the Reverse Proxy Configuration section in Extending Elastic Beanstalk Linux platforms.

Instance profile

Amazon Linux 2 platforms require an instance profile to be configured. Environment creation might temporarily succeed without one, but the environment might show errors soon after creation when actions requiring an instance profile start failing. For details, see Managing Elastic Beanstalk instance profiles.

Enhanced health

Amazon Linux 2 platforms enable enhanced health by default. This is a change if you don't use the Elastic Beanstalk console to create your environments. The console enables enhanced health by default whenever possible, regardless of platform version. For details, see Enhanced health reporting and monitoring.

Custom AMI

If your environment uses a custom AMI, create a new AMI based on Amazon Linux 2 for your new environment using an Elastic Beanstalk Amazon Linux 2 platform.

Beta limitations

Amazon Linux 2 platforms are missing some features in the beta versions. We're working on adding support for these features. Here's a list of features that aren't supported at this time.

Platform specific considerations

This section discusses migration considerations specific to particular Elastic Beanstalk Linux platforms.

The following table lists migration information for the Amazon Linux 2 platform versions in the Docker platform.

Area Changes and information


Elastic Beanstalk configures Docker to use storage drivers to store Docker images and container data. On Amazon Linux AMI, Elastic Beanstalk used the Device Mapper storage driver. To improve performance, Elastic Beanstalk provisioned an extra Amazon EBS volume. On Amazon Linux 2 Docker platform versions, Elastic Beanstalk uses the OverlayFS storage driver, and achieves even better performance while not requiring a separate volume anymore.

With Amazon Linux AMI, if you used the BlockDeviceMappings option of the aws:autoscaling:launchconfiguration namespace to add custom storage volumes to a Docker environment, we advised you to also add the /dev/xvdcz Amazon EBS volume that Elastic Beanstalk provisions. Elastic Beanstalk doesn't provision this volume anymore, so you should remove it from your configuration files. For details, see Configuring additional storage volumes.

Private Repository Authentication

When you provide a Docker-generated authentication file to connect to a private repository, you no longer need to convert it to the older format that Amazon Linux AMI Docker platform versions required. Amazon Linux 2 Docker platform versions support the new format. For details, see Using images from a private repository.

The following table lists migration information for the Corretto platform versions in the Java SE platform.

Area Changes and information

Corretto vs. OpenJDK

To implement the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE), Amazon Linux 2 platforms use Amazon Corretto, an AWS distribution of the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK). Prior Elastic Beanstalk Java SE platform versions use the OpenJDK packages included with Amazon Linux AMI.

Build tools

Amazon Linux 2 platforms have newer versions of the build tools: gradle, maven, and ant.

JAR file handling

On Amazon Linux 2 platforms, if your source bundle (ZIP file) contains a single JAR file and no other files, Elastic Beanstalk no longer renames the JAR file to application.jar. Renaming occurs only if you submit a JAR file on its own, not within a ZIP file.

Port passing

On Amazon Linux 2 platforms, Elastic Beanstalk doesn't pass a port value to your application process through the PORT environment variable. You can simulate this behavior for your process by configuring a PORT environment property yourself. However, if you have multiple processes, and you're counting on Elastic Beanstalk passing incremental port values to your processes (5000, 5100, 5200 etc.), you should modify your implementation. For details, see Configuring the application process with a Procfile.

Java 7

Elastic Beanstalk doesn't support an Amazon Linux 2 Java 7 platform version. If you have a Java 7 application, migrate it to Corretto 8 or Corretto 11.

The following table lists migration information for the Amazon Linux 2 platform versions in the Python platform.

Area Changes and information

WSGI server

On Amazon Linux 2 platforms, Gunicorn is the default WSGI server. If you're setting the WSGIPath option of the aws:elasticbeanstalk:container:python namespace, replace the value with Gunicorn's syntax. For details, see Python configuration namespaces.

Alternatively, you can use a Procfile to specify and configure the WSGI server. For details, see Amazon Linux 2 considerations for the Python platform.

Application path

On Amazon Linux 2 platforms, the path to the application's directory on Amazon EC2 instances of your environment is /var/app/current. It was /opt/python/current/app on Amazon Linux AMI platforms.