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AWS CLI

Synopsis

Runs a command using the AWS CLI. Note that you must have the AWS CLI installed to use this task. See Installing the AWS Command Line Interface for more details.

Description

The AWS CLI uses a multipart structure on the command line. It starts with the base call to AWS. The next part specifies a top-level command, which often represents an AWS service that the AWS CLI supports. Each AWS service has additional subcommands that specify the operation to perform. You can specify the general AWS CLI options, or the specific parameters for an operation, in any order on the command line. If you specify an exclusive parameter multiple times, only the last value applies.

<command> <subcommand> [options and parameters]

Parameters can take various types of input values such as numbers, strings, lists, maps, and JSON structures.

Parameters

You can set the following parameters for the task. Required parameters are noted by an asterisk (*). Other parameters are optional.

Display name*

The default name of the task instance, which can be modified: AWS CLI

AWS Credentials

Specifies the AWS credentials to be used by the task in the build agent environment.

You can specify credentials using a service endpoint (of type AWS) in the task configuration or you can leave unspecified. If unspecified the task will attempt to obtain credentials from the following sources in order:

  • From task variables named AWS.AccessKeyID, AWS.SecretAccessKey and optionally AWS.SessionToken.

  • From credentials set in environment variables in the build agent process. When using environment variables in the build agent process you may use the standard AWS environment variables: AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY and optionally AWS_SESSION_TOKEN.

  • If the build agent is running on an Amazon EC2 instance, from the instance metadata associated with the EC2 instance. For credentials to be available from EC2 instance metadata the instance must have been started with an instance profile referencing a role granting permissions to the task to make calls to AWS on your behalf. See IAMRolesForEC2 for more information.

AWS Region

The AWS region code (us-east-1, us-west-2 etc) of the region containing the AWS resource(s) the task will use or create. For more information, see Regions and Endpoints in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

If a region is not specified in the task configuration the task will attempt to obtain the region to be used using the standard AWS environment variable AWS_REGION in the build agent process's environment. Tasks running in build agents hosted on Amazon EC2 instances (Windows or Linux) will also attempt to obtain the region using the instance metadata associated with the EC2 instance if no region is configured on the task or set in the environment variable.

Note: The regions listed in the picker are those known at the time this software was released. New regions that are not listed may still be used by entering the region code of the region (for example us_west_2).

Command*

The AWS CLI command to run. Run aws help in the AWS Command Line Interface to get a complete list of commands, or see CommandStructure in the AWS Command Line Interface.

Subcommand

The AWS CLI subcommand to run. Run aws help in the AWS Command Line Interface to get a complete list of commands, or see CommandStructure in the AWS Command Line Interface.

Options and Parameters

The arguments to pass to the AWS CLI command. Run aws <command> --help in the AWS Command Line Interface to get the complete list of arguments supported by the command.

Advanced

Fail on Standard Error

If true, this task fails if any errors are written to the StandardError stream.

Task Permissions

Permissions for this task to call AWS service APIs depend on the configured command.