Easily deploy and update CloudFormation templates

Usage no npm install needed!

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  import aerisweatherDeployCloudFormation from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@aerisweather/deploy-cloud-formation';



Easily deploy and update CloudFormation templates

What does it do?

When you pass a template to deployCloudFormation:

  • It creates a CloudFormation stack, if one doesn't exist
  • It executes a ChangeSet against a stack, if the stack already exists
  • Waits to resolve until the stack is fully created/updated
  • Throws an error if the stack fails to create/update

So nothing too fancy. But it turns out that this is kind of tricky using the AWS SDK alone.


npm install --save-dev @aerisweather/deploy-cloud-formation


with the CLI tool

The simplest way to deploy a CloudFormation template is using the CLI tool:

node_modules/.bin/deploy-cloud-formation \
  --template ./my-cloud-formation-template.json \
  --stackName MyStack \
  --region us-east-1

with the node module

const deployCloudFormation = require('@aerisweather/deploy-cloud-formation').default;

const template = {
  "Resources": {
      "EC2Instance": {
        "Type": "AWS::EC2::Instance",
        "Properties": {
          // ...
      "InstanceSecurityGroup": {
        "Type": "AWS::EC2::SecurityGroup",
        "Properties": {
          // ...

  region: 'us-east-1',
  template: JSON.stringify(template),
  stackName: 'my-cloudformation-stack'
    () => console.log(`Done!`),
    (err) => console.error(`Failed to create a CloudFormation stack: ${err.message}`)

Template Utilities

To make writing JSON templates a little nicer, we provide you with some utility functions:

import {Join, AccountId, Attr, Ref} from '@aeriweather/deploy-cloud-formation';

const template = {
  Resources: {
    SomeRole: {
      Type: 'AWS::IAM::Role',
      Properties: {
        ManagedPolicyArns: [
          // Reference a policy ARN, using your AWS Account ID
          // Reference a policy ARN, from the same CF template,
          // using `Fn::Att`
          Attr('SomePolicy', 'Arn'),
          // Reference a policy ARN, from the same CF template,
          // using `{ Ref }`