[ aws . opsworks ]



Updates a specified instance.

Required Permissions : To use this action, an IAM user must have a Manage permissions level for the stack, or an attached policy that explicitly grants permissions. For more information on user permissions, see Managing User Permissions .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--instance-id <value>
[--layer-ids <value>]
[--instance-type <value>]
[--auto-scaling-type <value>]
[--hostname <value>]
[--os <value>]
[--ami-id <value>]
[--ssh-key-name <value>]
[--architecture <value>]
[--install-updates-on-boot | --no-install-updates-on-boot]
[--ebs-optimized | --no-ebs-optimized]
[--agent-version <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--endpoint-url <value>]
[--output <value>]
[--query <value>]
[--profile <value>]
[--region <value>]
[--version <value>]
[--color <value>]
[--ca-bundle <value>]
[--cli-read-timeout <value>]
[--cli-connect-timeout <value>]
[--cli-binary-format <value>]


--instance-id (string)

The instance ID.

--layer-ids (list)

The instance’s layer IDs.



"string" "string" ...

--instance-type (string)

The instance type, such as t2.micro . For a list of supported instance types, open the stack in the console, choose Instances , and choose + Instance . The Size list contains the currently supported types. For more information, see Instance Families and Types . The parameter values that you use to specify the various types are in the API Name column of the Available Instance Types table.

--auto-scaling-type (string)

For load-based or time-based instances, the type. Windows stacks can use only time-based instances.

Possible values:

  • load
  • timer

--hostname (string)

The instance host name.

--os (string)

The instance’s operating system, which must be set to one of the following. You cannot update an instance that is using a custom AMI.

  • A supported Linux operating system: An Amazon Linux version, such as Amazon Linux 2018.03 , Amazon Linux 2017.09 , Amazon Linux 2017.03 , Amazon Linux 2016.09 , Amazon Linux 2016.03 , Amazon Linux 2015.09 , or Amazon Linux 2015.03 .
  • A supported Ubuntu operating system, such as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS , Ubuntu 14.04 LTS , or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS .
  • CentOS Linux 7
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • A supported Windows operating system, such as Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Base , Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server Express , Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server Standard , or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server Web .

For more information about supported operating systems, see AWS OpsWorks Stacks Operating Systems .

The default option is the current Amazon Linux version. If you set this parameter to Custom , you must use the AmiId parameter to specify the custom AMI that you want to use. For more information about supported operating systems, see Operating Systems . For more information about how to use custom AMIs with OpsWorks, see Using Custom AMIs .


You can specify a different Linux operating system for the updated stack, but you cannot change from Linux to Windows or Windows to Linux.

--ami-id (string)

The ID of the AMI that was used to create the instance. The value of this parameter must be the same AMI ID that the instance is already using. You cannot apply a new AMI to an instance by running UpdateInstance. UpdateInstance does not work on instances that are using custom AMIs.

--ssh-key-name (string)

The instance’s Amazon EC2 key name.

--architecture (string)

The instance architecture. Instance types do not necessarily support both architectures. For a list of the architectures that are supported by the different instance types, see Instance Families and Types .

Possible values:

  • x86_64
  • i386

--install-updates-on-boot | --no-install-updates-on-boot (boolean)

Whether to install operating system and package updates when the instance boots. The default value is true . To control when updates are installed, set this value to false . You must then update your instances manually by using CreateDeployment to run the update_dependencies stack command or by manually running yum (Amazon Linux) or apt-get (Ubuntu) on the instances.


We strongly recommend using the default value of true , to ensure that your instances have the latest security updates.

--ebs-optimized | --no-ebs-optimized (boolean)

This property cannot be updated.

--agent-version (string)

The default AWS OpsWorks Stacks agent version. You have the following options:

  • INHERIT - Use the stack’s default agent version setting.
  • version_number - Use the specified agent version. This value overrides the stack’s default setting. To update the agent version, you must edit the instance configuration and specify a new version. AWS OpsWorks Stacks then automatically installs that version on the instance.

The default setting is INHERIT . To specify an agent version, you must use the complete version number, not the abbreviated number shown on the console. For a list of available agent version numbers, call DescribeAgentVersions .

AgentVersion cannot be set to Chef 12.2.

--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml (string) Reads arguments from the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, those values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally. This may not be specified along with --cli-input-yaml.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. Similarly, if provided yaml-input it will print a sample input YAML that can be used with --cli-input-yaml. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command. The generated JSON skeleton is not stable between versions of the AWS CLI and there are no backwards compatibility guarantees in the JSON skeleton generated.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command’s default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table
  • yaml
  • yaml-stream

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-binary-format (string)

The formatting style to be used for binary blobs. The default format is base64. The base64 format expects binary blobs to be provided as a base64 encoded string. The raw-in-base64-out format preserves compatibility with AWS CLI V1 behavior and binary values must be passed literally. When providing contents from a file that map to a binary blob fileb:// will always be treated as binary and use the file contents directly regardless of the cli-binary-format setting. When using file:// the file contents will need to properly formatted for the configured cli-binary-format.

  • base64
  • raw-in-base64-out

--no-cli-pager (boolean)

Disable cli pager for output.

--cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.

--no-cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Disable automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.



To use the following examples, you must have the AWS CLI installed and configured. See the Getting started guide in the AWS CLI User Guide for more information.

Unless otherwise stated, all examples have unix-like quotation rules. These examples will need to be adapted to your terminal’s quoting rules. See Using quotation marks with strings in the AWS CLI User Guide .

To update an instance

The following example updates a specified instance’s type.

aws opsworks --region us-east-1 update-instance --instance-id dfe18b02-5327-493d-91a4-c5c0c448927f --instance-type c3.xlarge

Output: None.

More Information

For more information, see Editing the Instance Configuration in the AWS OpsWorks User Guide.