CloudFormer template creation tool

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The CloudFormer tool allows you to select any of the AWS resources running in your account for inclusion in the template.


Submitted By: ChrisW@AWS
AWS Products Used: AWS CloudFormation
Languages(s): AWS CloudFormation Template
Created On: August 8, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
Last Updated: January 28, 2015 4:47 PM GMT
*NEW* CloudFormer now supports:
  • Amazon VPC (VPC, Subnets, RouteTables, Routes, etc.)
  • Amazon CloudWatch Alarms
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon ElastiCache
  • Amazon SNS
  • Amazon S3 Bucket Policy
  • Amazon SQS Queue Policy
  • Amazon SNS Topic Policy
The CloudFormer tool allows you to select any of the AWS resources running in your account for inclusion in the template. If you select resources that have dependent resources (for example, an Amazon EC2 instance is associated with an EC2 security group), the tool will automatically select any dependent resources. You can override any of the pre-selected resources or add other resources as necessary . you have full control of the resources to be included in your template. Logical names are chosen based on the existing resource names, however, you can edit the names that will be included in the template and you can add output parameters based on the attributes available for any of the resources. The template can be uploaded to your S3 bucket and launched directly via the AWS CloudFormation stack creation wizard.

The CloudFormer tool is intended to create a starting point for your template. Once created, you can customize, for example:

  • Add Parameters to enable stacks to be configured at launch time.
  • Add Mappings to allow the template to be customized to the specific environment.
  • Replace static values with "Ref" and "Fn::GetAtt" functions to flow property data between resources where the value of one property is dependent on the value of a property from a different resource.
  • Fill in your Amazon EC2 instance userdata to pass parameters to your EC2 instances at launch time.
  • Customize your Amazon RDS DB instance database names and master passwords.

For more details please visit the AWS CloudFormation User Guide

Launching the tool The CloudFormer tool is packaged as a standalone application that you can launch inside your AWS environment. The application is started on a t1.micro Amazon EC2 instance via AWS CloudFormation. No other AWS resources are required to run CloudFormer.

You can run the tool in any AWS region using the following links:

Give us your feedback This application is a prototype . we are releasing it now to get feedback on the user experience and the feature set. We reserve the right to modify or discontinue offering this prototype at any time. If you have feedback or feature enhancements that would make this tool more useful or creating templates easier, feel free to leave us feedback in the AWS CloudFormation forum. Your input is important, enabling us to define and prioritize the features for the AWS CloudFormation product. Any feedback you choose to provide will be governed by the AWS Customer Agreement, located here:

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