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Awsm gives you a mongodb-like interface for controlling AWS.

Here's how:

var aws = require("awsm")(require("./awsConfig")).chain();
// let's go ahead and provision a few ubuntu instances around the globe. 
aws.regions().all().createInstance({ type: "m3.medium", imageId: "ami-a73264ce" }).start().then(function (err, instances) {

How about migrating a pre-existing image? Easy:

aws.regions().all(function (err, regions) {
  aws.images().find({ "tags.type": "my-awesome-application" }).migrate(regions).then(function (err, images) {
    // should be roughly ~ 7 images that have been migrated to every 
    // AWS region.  

Awsm is also extendable. Want to add SSH? No problem:

var aws = require("awsm")(require("./awsConfig"));
var awsc = aws.chain();
  // find all servers in the staging environment 
  find({ "tags.env": "staging", "tags.type": "my-mega-awesome-application" }).
  // let's copy some local files to all mega awesome applications. 
  rsync("~/Developer/applications/my-mega-awesome-application", "/remote/app/directory").
  // let's start this sucker. 
  exec("node /remote/app/directory").
  // after the process closes - this will never happen since exec (above) won't close. Have 
  // you taken a look at node-awsm-cli?  
  then(function (err, instances) {
    // donezo. 

Want a command line interface? This is not the repository you're looking for. Checkout awsm-cli.


  • awsm-keypair-save - allows you to save keypairs locally immediately after creating them.
  • awsm-ssh - super nice utility that allows you to ssh, execute scripts, and rsync files on your EC2 instances.

Node API

awsm awsm(config)

Initializes the awsm library.

  • key - aws key
  • secret - aws secret
  • ec2 - the ec2 config
    • regions (array) - regions to use (["us-east-1", "us-west-1", ...])
  • log - log config
    • level - the log level to use - notice, verbose, warn, error

Resource Collections

Resource collections share a common API, and are used for every object type which includes regions, instances, images, securityGroups, and keyPairs.

collection.find(query, callback)

Finds many resources in the target collection.

// find all U.S. regions 
awsm.ec2.regions.find({ name: /^us/ }, onUsRegions);
// find all running instances in a given region 
region.instances.find({ state: "running" }, onAllRunningInstances);

collection.findOne(query, callback)

Finds one resource against a target collection.

// find an image with the given name 
region.images.findOne({ name: "some-image-name" }, onImage);

Available Collections

Below are a list of available collections to search against

  • awsm.ec2.instances - all instances across all regions.
  • awsm.ec2.images - all images across all regions.
  • awsm.ec2.regions - all regions.
  • region.instances - instances specific to the region.
  • region.images - images specific to the region.

EC2 Regions

Awsm allows you to interface against multiple EC2 regions pretty easily - all you need to do is pass which regions you want to use in the main config.

var aws = awsm({
  key: "KEY",
  secret: "SECRET"
  ec2: {
    regions: ["us-east-1", "us-west-2"]

Note that the regions property is completely optional - awsm will automatically default to all EC2 regions if the property is omitted.

Here are a few examples of how you might interact with awsm regions:

// init awsm 
var awsm = awsm({ key: "key", secret: "secret" });
// get all regions 
// find all U.S. regions 
awsm.ec2.regions.find({ name: /^us/ }, onAllUSRegions);
// find ALL instances in ALL regions 
// find ALL RUNNING instances in ALL regions 
awsm.ec2.instances.find({ state: "running" }, onAllRunningInstances);

EC2 Tags

Allows you to tag specific instances, images, security groups, or key pairs.

resource.tags.update(tags, next)

Updates the tags on the specific resource

instance.tags.update({ type: "mongodb" }, function () {
  console.log(instance.get("tags")); // { type: mongodb } 

EC2 Instances

region.instances.create(options, callback)

Creates a new instance in the target region.

  • imageId - (required) imageId to use
  • count - (default = 1) number of instances to create
  • flavor - (default = t1.micro) type of instance to use (t1.micro, m1.medium)
  • securityGroup - (optional) the security group object to use with the instance
  • keyPair - (optional) the key pair object to use with the instance
region.instances.create({ imageId: "ami-a73264ce" }, function (err, instance) {
  console.log(instance.get("state")); // running 
  console.log(instance.get("_id")); // instance id 


starts the instance


restarts the instance


stops the instance

instance.createImage(options, callback)

creates an image out of the instance


returns all the volumes attached to the instance


returns all the securityGroups attached to the instance


returns the allocated address assigned to the specific instance


returns the image used to create the instance


returns the keypair assigned to the instance

tags instance.tags

instance tags collection


destroys the instance

EC2 Images

region.images.create(options, callback)

creates a new image

image.createInstance(options, next)

creates a new instance from the image

image.migrate(regions, next)

migrates the image to another region


destroys the image

EC2 Addresses

region.addresses.create(options, callback)

allocates a new address

address.attach(instance, callback)

associates an address with an instance

address.detach(instance, callback)

detaches from an instance


returns the instance associated with the address

tags address.tags

address tags collection


releases the address

EC2 Volumes

region.volumes.create(options, callback)

creates a new volume

volume.attach(instance, callback)

attaches to an instance


detaches from an instance

volume.getInstances(instance, callback)

returns all the instances this volume is attached to

volume.createSnapshot([description, ]callback)

creates a new snapshot of the volume


destroys the volume

EC2 Snapshots

region.snapshots.create(options, callback)

creates a snapshot

snapshot.createVolume(options, callback)

creates a volume out of the snapshot


returns the snapshot associated with the given volume


destroys the snapshot

EC2 Key Pairs

region.keyPairs.create(options, callback)

creates a new keypair


destroys the keypair

EC2 Security Groups

region.securityGroups.create(options, callback)

creates a security group

securityGroup.authorize(port, callback)

authorizes a port in the security group

securityGroup.revoke(port, callback)

revokes port


destroys the security group.


TODO - Checkout the examples at the top.