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AWS Systems Manager Run Command


Runs a Systems Manager or user-provided Command on a fleet of EC2 instances. Commands can also target on-premise machines if the required Systems Manager agent is installed.


This task runs a Systems Manager Command, or a user-provided Command, on a fleet of EC2 instances. On-premise machines can also be targets if the required Systems Manager agent is installed. The command to run is identified by name. The targets on which the command will be run are identified using either instance IDs or tags. Parameters specific to the selected Command can also be specified.


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


The default name of the task, AWS Systems Manager Get Parameter. You can rename it or append the name of the associated Parameter Store parameter or parameter path to it.

AWS Credentials*

The AWS credentials to use. If needed, choose +, and then add a new AWS connection.

AWS Region*

The AWS Region name to use. For more information, see Regions and Endpoints in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

Document Name*

The name of the Command document to run. This can be a Systems Manager-provided document or a custom document private to your account and to which you have access.


The required and optional parameters for the document to be executed, specified as JSON. Refer to the specific command to be run for details.

Example format: { "param1" : [ "value" ], "param2" : [ "value","value2" ] }


User-specified information about the command, such as a brief description of what the command should do. Maximum length 100 characters.

Service Role ARN

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) or name of the IAM role Systems Manager uses to send notifications. If the name of a role is supplied the task will automatically determine the ARN.

Select Targets by*

How the instances to be targetted by the command are selected. You can choose from Instance IDs, Tags or the name of a build variable containing a list of instance IDs.

Instance IDs

Required if target selection is set to Instance IDs. You can specify up to 50 instance IDs, one per line.


Required if target selection is set to Tags. Specify tags one per line, in the format 'Key=Value'.

Variable Name

Required if target selection is set to Build Variable Name. Specify the name of the variable. Do not enclose the variable name in $() syntax. The variable should contain a comma-delimited list of instance IDs.

Execution Concurrency

The maximum number of instances that are allowed to execute the command at the same time. You can specify a number such as 10 or a percentage such as 10%. The default value is 50.

Max Errors Before Stop

The maximum number of errors allowed without the command failing. When the command fails one more time beyond the value specified, the systems stops sending the command to additional targets. You can specify a number like 10 or a percentage like 10%. The default value is 50.

Timeout (seconds)

If this time is reached and the command has not already started executing, it will not execute. Minimum value of 30, maximum value of 2592000. Default value: 600.

Notification ARN

An Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for a Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic. Run Command pushes notifications about command status changes to this topic.

Notification Events

The different events for which you can receive notifications.

Notification Type

Select Command to receive notification when the status of a command changes. For commands sent to multiple instances, select Invocation, to receive notification on a per-instance basis when the status of a command changes.

S3 Bucket Name

The name of the S3 bucket where command execution responses should be stored.

S3 Key Prefix

The directory structure within the S3 bucket where the responses should be stored.

Command ID Output Variable

The name of a variable that will contain the unique ID assigned to the command. The command ID can be used future references to the request.