CloneStack - OpsWorks


Creates a clone of a specified stack. For more information, see Clone a Stack. By default, all parameters are set to the values used by the parent stack.

Required Permissions: To use this action, an IAM user must have an attached policy that explicitly grants permissions. For more information about user permissions, see Managing User Permissions.

Request Syntax

{ "AgentVersion": "string", "Attributes": { "string" : "string" }, "ChefConfiguration": { "BerkshelfVersion": "string", "ManageBerkshelf": boolean }, "CloneAppIds": [ "string" ], "ClonePermissions": boolean, "ConfigurationManager": { "Name": "string", "Version": "string" }, "CustomCookbooksSource": { "Password": "string", "Revision": "string", "SshKey": "string", "Type": "string", "Url": "string", "Username": "string" }, "CustomJson": "string", "DefaultAvailabilityZone": "string", "DefaultInstanceProfileArn": "string", "DefaultOs": "string", "DefaultRootDeviceType": "string", "DefaultSshKeyName": "string", "DefaultSubnetId": "string", "HostnameTheme": "string", "Name": "string", "Region": "string", "ServiceRoleArn": "string", "SourceStackId": "string", "UseCustomCookbooks": boolean, "UseOpsworksSecurityGroups": boolean, "VpcId": "string" }

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


The default AWS OpsWorks Stacks agent version. You have the following options:

  • Auto-update - Set this parameter to LATEST. AWS OpsWorks Stacks automatically installs new agent versions on the stack's instances as soon as they are available.

  • Fixed version - Set this parameter to your preferred agent version. To update the agent version, you must edit the stack configuration and specify a new version. AWS OpsWorks Stacks automatically installs that version on the stack's instances.

The default setting is LATEST. To specify an agent version, you must use the complete version number, not the abbreviated number shown on the console. For a list of available agent version numbers, call DescribeAgentVersions. AgentVersion cannot be set to Chef 12.2.


You can also specify an agent version when you create or update an instance, which overrides the stack's default setting.

Type: String

Required: No


A list of stack attributes and values as key/value pairs to be added to the cloned stack.

Type: String to string map

Valid Keys: Color

Required: No


A ChefConfiguration object that specifies whether to enable Berkshelf and the Berkshelf version on Chef 11.10 stacks. For more information, see Create a New Stack.

Type: ChefConfiguration object

Required: No


A list of source stack app IDs to be included in the cloned stack.

Type: Array of strings

Required: No


Whether to clone the source stack's permissions.

Type: Boolean

Required: No


The configuration manager. When you clone a stack we recommend that you use the configuration manager to specify the Chef version: 12, 11.10, or 11.4 for Linux stacks, or 12.2 for Windows stacks. The default value for Linux stacks is currently 12.

Type: StackConfigurationManager object

Required: No


Contains the information required to retrieve an app or cookbook from a repository. For more information, see Adding Apps or Cookbooks and Recipes.

Type: Source object

Required: No


A string that contains user-defined, custom JSON. It is used to override the corresponding default stack configuration JSON values. The string should be in the following format:

"{\"key1\": \"value1\", \"key2\": \"value2\",...}"

For more information about custom JSON, see Use Custom JSON to Modify the Stack Configuration Attributes

Type: String

Required: No


The cloned stack's default Availability Zone, which must be in the specified region. For more information, see Regions and Endpoints. If you also specify a value for DefaultSubnetId, the subnet must be in the same zone. For more information, see the VpcId parameter description.

Type: String

Required: No


The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of an IAM profile that is the default profile for all of the stack's EC2 instances. For more information about IAM ARNs, see Using Identifiers.

Type: String

Required: No


The stack's operating system, which must be set to one of the following.

  • A supported Linux operating system: An Amazon Linux version, such as Amazon Linux 2, Amazon Linux 2018.03, Amazon Linux 2017.09, Amazon Linux 2017.03, Amazon Linux 2016.09, Amazon Linux 2016.03, Amazon Linux 2015.09, or Amazon Linux 2015.03.

  • A supported Ubuntu operating system, such as Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

  • CentOS Linux 7

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Base, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server Express, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server Standard, or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server Web.

  • A custom AMI: Custom. You specify the custom AMI you want to use when you create instances. For more information about how to use custom AMIs with AWS OpsWorks, see Using Custom AMIs.

The default option is the parent stack's operating system. Not all operating systems are supported with all versions of Chef. For more information about supported operating systems, see AWS OpsWorks Stacks Operating Systems.


You can specify a different Linux operating system for the cloned stack, but you cannot change from Linux to Windows or Windows to Linux.

Type: String

Required: No


The default root device type. This value is used by default for all instances in the cloned stack, but you can override it when you create an instance. For more information, see Storage for the Root Device.

Type: String

Valid Values: ebs | instance-store

Required: No


A default Amazon EC2 key pair name. The default value is none. If you specify a key pair name, AWS OpsWorks installs the public key on the instance and you can use the private key with an SSH client to log in to the instance. For more information, see Using SSH to Communicate with an Instance and Managing SSH Access. You can override this setting by specifying a different key pair, or no key pair, when you create an instance.

Type: String

Required: No


The stack's default VPC subnet ID. This parameter is required if you specify a value for the VpcId parameter. All instances are launched into this subnet unless you specify otherwise when you create the instance. If you also specify a value for DefaultAvailabilityZone, the subnet must be in that zone. For information on default values and when this parameter is required, see the VpcId parameter description.

Type: String

Required: No


The stack's host name theme, with spaces are replaced by underscores. The theme is used to generate host names for the stack's instances. By default, HostnameTheme is set to Layer_Dependent, which creates host names by appending integers to the layer's short name. The other themes are:

  • Baked_Goods

  • Clouds

  • Europe_Cities

  • Fruits

  • Greek_Deities_and_Titans

  • Legendary_creatures_from_Japan

  • Planets_and_Moons

  • Roman_Deities

  • Scottish_Islands

  • US_Cities

  • Wild_Cats

To obtain a generated host name, call GetHostNameSuggestion, which returns a host name based on the current theme.

Type: String

Required: No


The cloned stack name. Stack names can be a maximum of 64 characters.

Type: String

Required: No


The cloned stack AWS Region, such as ap-northeast-2. For more information about AWS Regions, see Regions and Endpoints.

Type: String

Required: No


The stack AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role, which allows AWS OpsWorks Stacks to work with AWS resources on your behalf. You must set this parameter to the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for an existing IAM role. If you create a stack by using the AWS OpsWorkss Stacks console, it creates the role for you. You can obtain an existing stack's IAM ARN programmatically by calling DescribePermissions. For more information about IAM ARNs, see Using Identifiers.


You must set this parameter to a valid service role ARN or the action will fail; there is no default value. You can specify the source stack's service role ARN, if you prefer, but you must do so explicitly.

Type: String

Required: Yes


The source stack ID.

Type: String

Required: Yes


Whether to use custom cookbooks.

Type: Boolean

Required: No


Whether to associate the AWS OpsWorks Stacks built-in security groups with the stack's layers.

AWS OpsWorks Stacks provides a standard set of security groups, one for each layer, which are associated with layers by default. With UseOpsworksSecurityGroups you can instead provide your own custom security groups. UseOpsworksSecurityGroups has the following settings:

  • True - AWS OpsWorks Stacks automatically associates the appropriate built-in security group with each layer (default setting). You can associate additional security groups with a layer after you create it but you cannot delete the built-in security group.

  • False - AWS OpsWorks Stacks does not associate built-in security groups with layers. You must create appropriate Amazon EC2 security groups and associate a security group with each layer that you create. However, you can still manually associate a built-in security group with a layer on creation; custom security groups are required only for those layers that need custom settings.

For more information, see Create a New Stack.

Type: Boolean

Required: No


The ID of the VPC that the cloned stack is to be launched into. It must be in the specified region. All instances are launched into this VPC, and you cannot change the ID later.

  • If your account supports EC2 Classic, the default value is no VPC.

  • If your account does not support EC2 Classic, the default value is the default VPC for the specified region.

If the VPC ID corresponds to a default VPC and you have specified either the DefaultAvailabilityZone or the DefaultSubnetId parameter only, AWS OpsWorks Stacks infers the value of the other parameter. If you specify neither parameter, AWS OpsWorks Stacks sets these parameters to the first valid Availability Zone for the specified region and the corresponding default VPC subnet ID, respectively.

If you specify a nondefault VPC ID, note the following:

  • It must belong to a VPC in your account that is in the specified region.

  • You must specify a value for DefaultSubnetId.

For more information about how to use AWS OpsWorks Stacks with a VPC, see Running a Stack in a VPC. For more information about default VPC and EC2 Classic, see Supported Platforms.

Type: String

Required: No

Response Syntax

{ "StackId": "string" }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


The cloned stack ID.

Type: String


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


Indicates that a resource was not found.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Indicates that a request was not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: