We recently launched a significant update to the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Command Line Interface.
If you’ve never used Elastic Beanstalk then I really suggest checking it out. Elastic Beanstalk lets you easily deploy your applications into highly available, load balanced, scalable, and secure environments. It lets us spend more time building applications and less time focusing on managing operations.
My favorite thing about this update is that the entire CLI is now pip installable!
To get started is to use pip to install the new
awsebcli package, I’d recommend throwing in the
--upgrade flag just in case you have some cached or old versions of one of the dependencies.
pip install --upgrade awsebcli
Now, we have to make sure we have the appropriate credentials in
~/.aws/config, or exported as environment variables. Alternatively you can just input those credentials when prompted by the CLI tool. If you’re not sure how to get your AWS API credentials then check out AWS Security Credentials documentation here.
As always, I recommend using IAM and not your root account as outlined here.
The installation information for the EB CLI has all of this written out explicitly so be sure to check that out if you don’t understand something above.
Now that we have all of that sorted out lets create a basic flask application and launch it into EB.
Create A Basic Flask App
I’m going to create a file called
application.py in a directory called
flaskapp. The directory name doesn’t matter but the name
application.py is very important because the WSGI wrapper is pre-configured to look for the variable
application in an application module, which in this case is our file
application.py. I’m also going to start git, create a
requirements.txt, and commit all of that.
mkdir flaskapp && cd flaskapp git init touch application.py touch requirements.txt
requirements.txt I’m just going to put the string
application.py I’m going to put a very basic flask app.
from flask import Flask application = Flask(__name__) @application.route('/') def hello(): return "Hello From Elastic Beanstalk!" if __name__ == '__main__': application.run()
Do a quick sanity check to make sure everything is working (install flask in a virtualenv)
$ python application.py * Running on http://127.0.0.1:5000/
Now I’ll just add all of this into git and commit it.
git add application.py git add requirements.txt git commit -m "create a basic flask app"
Deploy Application With Elastic Beanstalk
Now that we’re setup with both the tools and the app we can deploy it!
There are three steps we’ll follow to launch this:
- Create the elasticbeanstalk scaffolding locally with
- Create the environment we want to deploy to with
- Deploy the code to our environment with
We’ll start simply with
$ eb init Select an application to use 1) [ Create new Application ] (default is 1): 1 Enter Application Name (default is "flaskapp"): It appears you are using Python. Is this correct? (y/n): y Select a platform version. 1) Python 2.7 2) Python (default is 1): 1 Do you want to set up SSH for your instances? (y/n): y Select a keypair. 1) [ Create new KeyPair ] (default is 1): 1
We’ll follow all the prompts, creating a new application, using Python 2.7, setting up SSH, creating a keypair and so on.
If you look in your directory you’ll see that the eb tool created a simple yaml file:
$ cat .elasticbeanstalk/config.yml branch-defaults: master: environment: null global: application_name: flaskapp default_ec2_keyname: aws-eb default_platform: Python 2.7 default_region: null profile: null sc: git
Now we’ll create an environment to launch into:
$ eb create Enter Environment Name (default is flaskapp-dev): Enter DNS CNAME prefix (default is flaskapp-dev): Environment details for: flaskapp-dev Application name: flaskapp Region: us-east-1 Deployed Version: 2e30 Environment ID: e-adhkgp5qhp Platform: 64bit Amazon Linux 2014.03 v1.0.9 running Python 2.7 Tier: WebServer-Standard-1.0 CNAME: flaskapp-dev.elasticbeanstalk.com Updated: 2014-10-30 21:00:18.760000+00:00 Printing Status: INFO: createEnvironment is starting. INFO: Using elasticbeanstalk-us-east-1-054060359478 as Amazon S3 storage bucket for environment data. INFO: Created load balancer named: awseb-e-a-AWSEBLoa-XGVQEWSMHVJ9 INFO: Created security group named: awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBSecurityGroup 1GWC34WGCANPF INFO: Created Auto Scaling launch configuration named: awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBAutoScalingLaunchConfiguration-19K9ZUWLZIWVA INFO: Waiting for EC2 instances to launch. This may take a few minutes. INFO: Created Auto Scaling group named: awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBAutoScalingGroup-WOBT5YY3TSIW INFO: Created Auto Scaling group policy named: arn:aws:autoscaling:us-east-1:054060359478:scalingPolicy:af3360bd-b878-463b-9a5d-d12248f1774f:autoScalingGroupName/awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBAutoScalingGroup-WOBT5YY3TSIW:policyName/awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBAutoScalingScaleUpPolicy-CZBD5JBXA1M3 INFO: Created Auto Scaling group policy named: arn:aws:autoscaling:us-east-1:054060359478:scalingPolicy:2e484f0b-4011-4bc9-9dfa-869c7a38dda4:autoScalingGroupName/awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBAutoScalingGroup-WOBT5YY3TSIW:policyName/awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBAutoScalingScaleDownPolicy-1K25H4NNBVZ75 INFO: Created CloudWatch alarm named: awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBCloudwatchAlarmHigh-PPH9HS7CIZ8H INFO: Created CloudWatch alarm named: awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBCloudwatchAlarmLow-LN6HRLWJXEWA INFO: Added EC2 instance 'i-3cf4cdd1' to Auto Scaling Group 'awseb-e-adhkgp5qhp-stack-AWSEBAutoScalingGroup-WOBT5YY3TSIW'. INFO: Application available at flaskapp-dev.elasticbeanstalk.com. INFO: Successfully launched environment: flaskapp-dev
With that we’re actually ready to go and deploy. It’s a simple
eb deploy and our application is live! (You may notice that we’ve actually already deployed the app but I want to point out that
eb deploy is how you’ll push from now on).
$ eb deploy WARNING: Deploying a previously deployed commit INFO: Environment update is starting. INFO: Deploying new version to instance(s). INFO: New application version was deployed to running EC2 instances. INFO: Environment update completed successfully.
Open up flaskapp-dev.elasticbeanstalk.com, or whatever URL you chose and voila! Your app is ready to go.
Now this is just a very basic flask app. Typically we want to work with other AWS resources and in a follow up post I’ll address how to do that but just in case you don’t want to wait I’ll share how I launch an instance with a postgres RDS instance here:
eb create \ --instance_type t2.micro \ --database \ --database.engine postgresql \ --database.instance db.t2.micro
Thanks for reading and feel free to reach out @jrhunt with any questions!