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Create a Systems Manager Parameter (Console)

You can use the Amazon EC2 console or AWS Systems Manager console to create a Systems Manager parameter.

Note

Parameters are only available in the Region where they were created.

Depending on the service you are using, AWS Systems Manager or Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, use one of the following procedures:

To create a parameter (AWS Systems Manager)

  1. Open the AWS Systems Manager console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/systems-manager/.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Parameter Store.

    -or-

    If the AWS Systems Manager home page opens first, choose the menu icon ( ) to open the navigation pane, and then choose Parameter Store.

  3. Choose Create parameter.

  4. For Name, type a hierachy and a parameter name. For example, type /Test/helloWorld.

  5. In the Description box, type a description that identifies this parameter as a test parameter.

  6. For Type, choose String, StringList, or SecureString.

    Note

    If you choose SecureString, the KMS Key ID field appears. If you don't provide a KMS CMK ID, a KMS CMK ARN, an alias name, or an alias ARN, then the system uses alias/aws/ssm (Default), which is the default KMS CMK for Systems Manager. If you don't want to use this key, then you can choose a custom key. For more information, see Use Secure String Parameters.

  7. In the Value box, type a value. For example, type MyFirstParameter. If you chose Secure String, the value is masked as you type.

  8. Choose Create parameter.

  9. In the parameters list, choose the name of the parameter you just created. Verify the details on the Overview tab. If you created a SecureString parameter, choose Show to view the unencrypted value.

To create a parameter (Amazon EC2 console)

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console, expand Systems Manager Shared Resources in the navigation pane, and then choose Parameter Store.

  2. Choose Create Parameter.

  3. For Name, type a hierachy and a parameter name. For example, type /Test/helloWorld.

  4. In the Description box, type a description that identifies this parameter as a test parameter.

  5. For Type, choose String, String List, or Secure String.

    Note

    If you choose SecureString, the KMS Key ID field appears. If you don't provide a KMS CMK ID, a KMS CMK ARN, an alias name, or an alias ARN, then the system uses alias/aws/ssm (Default), which is the default KMS CMK for Systems Manager. If you don't want to use this key, then you can choose a custom key. For more information, see Use Secure String Parameters.

  6. In the Value box, type a value. For example, type MyFirstParameter. If you chose Secure String, the value is masked as you type.

  7. Choose Create Parameter. After the system creates the parameter, choose Close.

  8. In the parameters list, choose the parameter you just created. Verify the details on the Description tab. If you created a SecureString parameter, choose Show to view the unencrypted value.