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AWS Management Console Update – Tag Substring Search

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Many AWS customers use tags (key/value pairs) to organize their AWS resources. A recent Reddit thread (Share with us your AWS Tagging standards) provides a nice glimpse into some popular tagging strategies and practices.

Late last year we launched Resource Groups and Tag Editor. We gave you the ability to use Resource Groups to create, maintain, and view collections of AWS resources that share common tags. We also gave you the Tag Editor to simplify and streamline the process of finding and tagging AWS resources.

Today we are enhancing the tag search model that you use to create Resource Groups and to edit tags with the addition of substring search. If you encode multiple pieces of information within a single value,  this feature can be very helpful. For example, you can locate resources that are tagged according to a pattern of the form “SystemDB-Dev-01-jeff” by searching for “Dev” like this:

The Tag Editor now allows you to use “deep links” that allow you to find a particular set of resources by clicking on a specially constructed link. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Find all taggable resources (all resource types in all regions).
  • Find all resources tagged with “Name”

You can perform a similar substring search when you are creating a Resource Group:

Again, you can use deep links to find resources. Here’s an example:

  • Find all resources tagged with “Name”

This feature is available now and you can start using it today.



Modified 10/28/2020 – In an effort to ensure a great experience, expired links in this post have been updated or removed from the original post.
Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.