Configuration - AWS ParallelCluster


By default, AWS ParallelCluster uses the ~/.parallelcluster/config file for all configuration parameters. You can specify a custom configuration file by using the -c or --config command line option or the AWS_PCLUSTER_CONFIG_FILE environment variable.

An example configuration file is installed with AWS ParallelCluster in the Python directory at site-packages/aws-parallelcluster/examples/config. The example configuration file is also available on GitHub, at

Current AWS ParallelCluster 2 version: 2.11.7.


An AWS ParallelCluster configuration is defined in multiple sections.

The following sections are required: [global] section and [aws] section.

You also must include at least one [cluster] section and one [vpc] section.

A section starts with the section name in brackets, followed by parameters and configuration.

[global] cluster_template = default update_check = true sanity_check = true