AWS Cloud Provider

This repository contains the source code that implements the AWS cloud provider for the Yolo CLI.

yolo aws --profile production --region eu-west-3 init yolo-sh/api

Example of use of the Yolo CLI

Table of contents


To begin, create your first environment using the command:

  yolo aws init <repository>

Once initialized, you may want to connect to it using the command: 

  yolo aws edit <repository>

If you don't plan to use this environment again, you could remove it using the command:
  yolo aws remove <repository>

<repository> may be relative to your personal GitHub account (eg: cli) or fully qualified (eg: my-organization/api).

  yolo aws [command]

  yolo aws init yolo-sh/api --instance-type m4.large 
  yolo aws edit yolo-sh/api
  yolo aws remove yolo-sh/api

Available Commands:
  close-port  Close a port in an environment
  edit        Connect your editor to an environment
  init        Initialize a new environment
  open-port   Open a port in an environment
  remove      Remove an environment
  uninstall   Uninstall Yolo from your AWS account

  -h, --help             help for aws
      --profile string   the configuration profile to use to access your AWS account
      --region string    the region to use to access your AWS account

Use "yolo aws [command] --help" for more information about a command.


In order to access your AWS account, the Yolo CLI will first look for credentials in the following environment variables:




Otherwise, the configuration files created by the AWS CLI (via aws configure) will be used.


If you have configured the AWS CLI with multiple configuration profiles, you could tell Yolo which one to use via the --profile flag:

yolo aws --profile production init yolo-sh/api

By default, Yolo will use the profile named default.


If you want to overwrite the region resolved by the Yolo CLI, you could use the --region flag:

yolo aws --region eu-west-3 init yolo-sh/api
yolo aws --profile production --region eu-west-3 init yolo-sh/api


Your credentials must have certain permissions attached to be used with Yolo. See the next sections to learn more about the actions that will be done on your behalf.

Authorized instance types

To be used with Yolo, the chosen instance must be an on-demand linux instance (with EBS support) running on an amd64 or arm64 architecture.


t2.medium, m6g.large, a1.xlarge, c5.12xlarge...

Infrastructure lifecycle


The schema above describe all the components that may be created in your AWS account. The next sections will describe their lifetime according to your use of the Yolo CLI.


The first time Yolo is used in a region

yolo aws init yolo-sh/api --instance-type t2.medium

A DynamoDB table named yolo-config-dynamodb-table will be created. This table will be used to store the state of the Yolo’s infrastructure.

Once created, all the following components will also be created:

  • A VPC named yolo-vpc with an IPv4 CIDR block equals to to isolate your infrastructure.

  • A public subnet named yolo-public-subnet with an IPv4 CIDR block equals to that will contain your environments’ instances.

  • An internet gateway named yolo-internet-gateway to let your environments’ instances communicate with internet.

  • A route table named yolo-route-table that will allow egress traffic from your your environments’ instances to the internet (via the internet gateway).

On each init

When running the init command, the following components will be created:

  • A security group named yolo-${ENV_NAME}-security-group to let your environment accepts SSH connections on port 2200.

  • An SSH key pair named yolo-${ENV_NAME}-key-pair to let you access your environment via SSH.

  • A network interface named yolo-${ENV_NAME}-network-interface to enable network connectivity in your environment.

  • An Elastic IP named yolo-${ENV_NAME}-elastic-ip to let you access your environment via a fixed public IP.

  • An EC2 instance named yolo-${ENV_NAME}-instance with a type equals to the one passed via the --instance-type flag or t2.medium by default.

  • An EBS volume attached to the instance (default to 16GB) to provide long-term storage to your environment.


yolo aws edit yolo-sh/api

When running the edit command, nothing will be done to your infrastructure.

Open port

yolo aws open-port yolo-sh/api 8080

When running the open-port command, an ingress rule will be added to the security group of the environment.

This rule will allow all TCP trafic from any IP address to the specified port.

Close port

yolo aws close-port yolo-sh/api 8080

When running the close-port command, the ingress rule added by the open-port command will be removed.


yolo aws remove yolo-sh/api

When running the remove command, all the components associated with the environment will be removed.

In other words:

  • The EC2 instance.

  • The Elastic IP.

  • The network interface.

  • The EBS volume.

  • The SSH key pair.

  • The security group.


yolo aws uninstall

When running the uninstall command, all the shared components will be removed.

In other words:

  • The route table.

  • The internet gateway.

  • The public subnet.

  • The VPC.

  • The DynamoDB table.

Infrastructure costs

The costs of running an environment on AWS are essentially equal to the costs of the EC2 instance and the EBS volume:

  • For the EC2 instance, the price depends on the instance type chosen.

  • For the EBS volume, Yolo uses the General Purpose SSD (gp2) type that will cost you ~$0.10 per GB-month.

All other components are free (or mostly free) given their limited usage.


Yolo is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.


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