Bootstrapping Applications using AWS CloudFormation
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If you are installing and configuring your applications on EC2 dynamically at instance launch time, you will typically need to pull and install packages, deploy files and ensure services are started. AWS CloudFormation provides a set of helper scripts that, in conjunction with resource metadata defined in the template, can be used to install software and start services when you build your stack.
AWS CloudFormation provides helper scripts to enable you to deploy your application code or application and OS configuration at the time you launch your EC2 instances. For more details of using AWS CloudFormation to install and configure application, see the CloudFormation Helper Scripts Reference