AWS Cloud​Formation

Model and provision all your cloud infrastructure resources

AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to model and provision AWS and third party application resources in your cloud environment. AWS CloudFormation allows you to use programming languages or a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts. This gives you a single source of truth for your AWS and third party resources.

Introduction to AWS CloudFormation (3:01)


Model it all

AWS CloudFormation allows you to model your entire infrastructure and application resources with either a text file or programming languages. The AWS CloudFormation Registry and CLI make it easy to manage third party resources with CloudFormation. This provides a single source of truth for all your resources and helps you to standardize infrastructure components used across your organization, enabling configuration compliance and faster troubleshooting.

Automate & deploy

AWS CloudFormation provisions your application resources in a safe, repeatable manner, allowing you to build and rebuild your infrastructure and applications, without having to perform manual actions or write custom scripts. CloudFormation takes care of determining the right operations to perform when managing your stack, orchestrating them in the most efficient way, and rolls back changes automatically if errors are detected.

It's just code

Codifying your infrastructure allows you to treat your infrastructure as just code. You can author it with any code editor, check it into a version control system, and review the files with team members before deploying into production.

How it works

How AWS CloudFormation works

 “We use AWS CloudFormation for one-click network creation. It’s a very easy tool,” says Wise. Nextdoor also uses the Puppet automation tool for defining and building servers in AWS, and the RightScale cloud management solution for configuring and monitoring machines in the AWS cloud.

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All of the company’s networks are designed, built, and maintained through AWS CloudFormation templates. “This gives us the luxury of version-controlling our network, and it allows for seamless, exact network duplication for on-demand development and staging environments,” says Witoff.

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Expedia uses AWS CloudFormation with Chef to deploy its entire front and backend stack into its AWS environment.

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Futbol Club Barcelona

“We are very happy with AWS CloudFormation, because it means we are able to use ‘one-click’ deployment of our whole infrastructure.”

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Blog posts & articles

New: Use AWS CloudFormation StackSets for Multiple Accounts in an AWS Organization

Feb. 12, 2020
Sébastien Stormacq

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Introducing TaskCat v0.9

Jan. 23, 2020
Jay McConnell

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CloudFormation Update – CLI + Third-Party Resource Support + Registry

Nov. 18, 2019
Jeff Barr

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New – Import Existing Resources into a CloudFormation Stack

Nov. 13, 2019
Danilo Poccia

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AWS CloudFormation Update – Public Coverage Roadmap & CDK Goodies

Jul. 31, 2019
Jeff Barr

Visit the Management & Governance Blog to read more about CloudFormation and other AWS Management & Governance services.

What's new

AWS CloudFormation StackSets introduces automatic deployments across accounts and regions through AWS Organizations

Feb. 12, 2020

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CloudFormation Announces Drift Detection Support in StackSets

Nov. 19, 2019

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AWS CloudFormation Launches Resource Import

Nov. 13, 2019

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