Working with Resource Groups - Lumberyard User Guide

Working with Resource Groups

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Resource groups define the AWS resources that cloud-connected game features such as high score tables require. You define the resource groups locally and then upload them to AWS, where the features you specify are created in the cloud.

You can use the Cloud Canvas Resource Manager to manage resource groups collectively or individually. You can create a resource group locally, specify the AWS resources that you want the resource group to have, and then upload the resource group definition to have it created in AWS. This document shows you how to use Cloud Canvas Resource Manager to perform these and other resource group-related tasks.

Managing Resource Groups

To see the status of the resource groups that belong to your project's current deployment, click Resource Groups in the Cloud Canvas configuration navigation pane . Note the following:

  • If you select Resource Groups and no AWS profile is configured, Lumberyard prompts you to provide one. A profile is required for Lumberyard to display the status of your project’s resources. For more information, see Managing Cloud Canvas Profiles.

  • If you select Resource Groups and deployments exist but no deployment is active, Lumberyard prompts you to select one. For more information, see Making a Cloud Canvas Deployment Active.

The Resource Groups detail pane lists the resource groups in your current deployment:

        Resource groups details

The Resource Groups detail pane has the following options:

Upload all resources

Starts the process of modifying your resources in AWS as needed to match all the definitions in all of your local resource groups. As the update proceeds, resource groups with the Pending status of Create change to the Status of Create complete. The update might take a few minutes.

              Upload all resources

Note the following:

  • If you have not yet initialized your Lumberyard project with an AWS account for the resources that you want to upload, Lumberyard prompts you to do so. To prepare your Lumberyard project for use with AWS, you must be an administrator of the AWS account that you use. For more information, see Initializing Cloud Canvas Resource Manager.

  • After you have initialized the project, Lumberyard prompts you to create a deployment for it. A deployment creates all the AWS resources that are specified in your resource group definition.

                  Create deployment

    For more information, see Create Deployment .


Add resource group

Adds a new resource group definition to your Lumberyard project. A resource group definition represents a single game feature like a high score system. The definition specifies the AWS resources that the feature will use.

Clicking Add resource group opens the New resource group dialog:

              New resource group

Provide the following information:

  • Resource group name – The name of the resource group. The name must be alphanumeric. Lumberyard uses this name to create an AWS CloudFormation stack resource definition in the deployment-template.json file.

  • Example resources – (Optional) Choose to include example resources in the resource group. You can study the examples to see how resources are defined in a resource group, or modify the examples to turn them into a feature for your project.


Resource group status

Shows the status of the AWS CloudFormation stack of each resource group in the active deployment. Resource group shows the resource group name. For descriptions of the remaining fields in this table, see Stack Resources Table in the Working with Project Stacks section.

Progress log

Shows the progress of AWS CloudFormation stack updates. For more information, see Viewing the Cloud Canvas Progress Log.

Managing Individual Resource Groups

Each child node of Resource Groups represents a resource group in your Lumberyard project. When you select one of these resource groups, the detail pane shows the status of the resource group.

        Individual resource group

Adding Resources to a New Resource Group

When you create a resource group, the group does not yet have any AWS resource definitions. Use the Add resource option to add one:

          Add resource

Importing Resources

You can also click Import resource to import an AWS resource that already exists in your AWS account. For more information, see Importing Resource Definitions into Cloud Canvas.

Creating Resources in AWS

The resource definitions that you add are created locally and only describe the AWS resources that you want to use. The resources themselves are not created in AWS until you click Create resources:

            Create resources

Individual Resource Group Status

You can use a resource group's status pane to manage the resource group.

          Resource group status

In addition to Add resource and Import resource, the status pane for a resource group has the following options:

Upload Lambda code

Use this option to upload Lambda function code without updating the entire project stack.

Upload resources

After you have created one or more resource definitions, you click Upload resources to start the process of creating the resources in AWS. Resource creation follows the local resource definitions that you created with the Add resource option.

                Upload group resources

As the update proceeds, the resources with the Pending status of Create change to the Status of Create complete.

Remove resource group

Click Remove resource group to remove the selected resource group from your local configuration.

                Remove resource group

To delete the actual resources from AWS, use the Delete resources option as described in the section that follows.


The remove resource operation does not remove the resource group's configuration data from the local disk. As long as that data exists on disk, you can restore the resource group by adding a new resource group with the same name.

Delete resources

The Delete resources option appears after you have removed a resource group from your local configuration (for example, by clicking Remove resource group) when the resources defined by the resource group still exist in AWS.

                Delete resources

When you click Delete resources, Lumberyard prompts you to confirm the deletion of resources in AWS for the deployment that is currently active in Lumberyard Editor. You must select the It is OK that this will permanently DELETE resources check box before you can click Yes.

                Delete group resources

After you click Yes, the deletion operation might take several minutes to complete.

Stack resources

The Stack resources table shows the status of each of the AWS resources that you defined for the resource group. For descriptions of the fields in this table, see Stack Resources Table in the Working with Project Stacks section.

For information about this node, see Working with JSON Files.


The lambda-function-code node and its child nodes correspond to the lambda-function-code directory in your project. The lambda-function-code directory contains the code that implements the AWS Lambda function resources that are defined by your resource group. For more information, see The lambda-function-code Directory. Also see related information for the project-code node.


This node is located at the bottom of the Administration (advanced) section in the resource manager navigation tree. The project-code directory contains the code that implements the AWS Lambda function resources that Cloud Canvas Resource Manager uses. For more information, see The project-code Directory. The project-code node contains file and directory child nodes. Click a file node to see or edit its contents in the detail pane. For more information, see Editing Resource Manager Files.