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This package is a programmatic adaptation of the AWS Cloudformation Import instructions. It is meant to provide a means for you to run imports of console resources as a part of CI/CD and is recommended as part of a version controlled flow so that you can verify import changes and restrict the ability for Developers or DevOps engineers to perform undocumented/unreviewed actions on your infrastructure.

Important Note This should not be a tool to excuse IAC. In reality, this should be a tool to help you bring your console created AWS resources into alignment with your CDK or Cloudformation IAC. I suggest that you make a place for imports in your IA repo and version control process and then set a goal to never have to use this tool again.

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At it's most basic, you still need to get your current cloudformation template and just add your resources to that template.

1. Getting the Cloudformation Template

From Console

If you do not trust your IAC, you may always go the the cloudformation console and copy the Template for the stack.

From Cloudformation IAC

If you have a cloudformation IAC that you know is up-to-date (either because it's new or trusted), then you can update that IAC in place.


If you have the AWS CDK set up, you will need to find the stack you want to add to and add a new construct for the resource in question.

2. Updating the template with imports

You will need to make adjustments to the newest cloudformation to only include the imported resource that you want to import. Importantly, Please note that you are going to need to do your homework, either via a tool that can export CFN or by manually examining the resource to import and constructing the expected cloudformation.

Valuable Note: Keep in mind that if you are creating a new stack for the imported resources, you will need to make sure that only the resource is in the stack for the use of this script. This is a limitation of Cloudformation and not the script itself. This also means that Outputs cannot be added, since they are seen as unique items by Cloudformation. This is particularly important for things like CDK, that my create some auto-exports if you try using resources in other stacks. You will need to create the Zero-output stack and then add them back afterwards.


As noted above, if you want to use CDK and it's contructs exclusively, you will need to create a construct that represents the resource.
Keep in mind, that the construct itself may be adding new settings that are best practice as compared to the console's more loose implementation. Because of this, you may need to perform property overrides so that that synthesized resource looks the same as expected for importing. Raw Propety Overrides

To check this, you should make usage of the cdk synth command.

You could either then copy the stack's synth'ed output to a file or just take note of it's location and ensure you have synthed before you point to the cdk.out folder file.

3. Calling aws-cfn-console-import

Note you will need to make sure that you have the correct permissions for aws under the role that runs this:

  • Cloudformation
    • CreateChangeSet
    • ExecuteChangeSet
    • GetTemplateSummary
    • DescribeStack*
    • DescribeChangeSet*
  • S3 (for cloudformation files that are bigger than 51200 bytes) Note - the permissions needs to be for the bucket that you supply
    • PutObject
    • GetObject
    • List*

With the corresponding role available to the console, you can call:

# for yarm
yarn aws-cfn-console-import --stackName \<your stack name\> --templateFile \<cloudformation template file\> -i ResourceName

About the above


If you were using a template of an existing stack, you would need this to match the same stack name that already exists. Otherwise, if this was new, you would need to just make sure this is a unique stack name


The templateFile needs to be a local file path to the file that you have created from Step 1 and 2.

i (importedResource)

This will be the cloudformation name of the resource that you added. You will add multiple of those if you are importing multiple resources


In the event that you want to load to an S3 bucket before doing the deployment, you will provide the s3 bucket. This is required if the size of the template file is over 51200 bytes.

Programmatic API

We also provide a programmatic API so that you can import the package and use it in your scripts:

import { importResourcesToStack } from '@hanseltime/aws-cfn-console-import';

void importResourcesToStack({
  stackName: 'my-stack',
  maxWaitTime: 60,
  importedResources: ['Resource1'],
  s3Bucket: 'my-upload-s3',
  importFile: 'path/to/my/template',
  parameterOverrides: {
    Param1: 'some value'




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