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Single EC2 Instance

Single EC2 Instance

Run a single EC2 instance for stateless or stateful apps. Supports IAM roles, EBS volumes, ENIs, and EIPs.

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Terraform Version

Server Modules

This repo contains modules that help to deploy, manage, and configure a single server (as opposed to a group of servers in an Auto Scaling Group) in AWS. The modules are:

  • single-server: Deploy a single EC2 instance along with the all the resources it typically needs, such as an Elastic IP address, Route 53 DNS entry, IAM Role and IAM instance profile, and security group. This module is useful for deploying standalone servers such as a Bastion Host or Jenkins.
  • persistent-ebs-volume: Scripts for mounting and unmounting EBS Volumes on your EC2 Instances for Volumes that need to persist between redeploys of the Instance.
  • route53-helpers: Scripts for working with Amazon's DNS Service, Route 53, including a script to add a DNS A record pointing to the instance's IP address.

Click on each module above to see its documentation. Head over to the examples folder for examples.

If you're looking for ways to manage groups of servers, check out the Auto Scaling Group and EC2 Container Service modules.

What is a module?

At Gruntwork, we've taken the thousands of hours we spent building infrastructure on AWS and condensed all that experience and code into pre-built packages or modules. Each module is a battle-tested, best-practices definition of a piece of infrastructure, such as a VPC, ECS cluster, or an Auto Scaling Group. Modules are versioned using Semantic Versioning to allow Gruntwork clients to keep up to date with the latest infrastructure best practices in a systematic way.

How do you use a module?

Most of our modules contain either:

  1. Terraform code
  2. Scripts & binaries

Using a Terraform Module

To use a module in your Terraform templates, create a module resource and set its source field to the Git URL of this repo. You should also set the ref parameter so you're fixed to a specific version of this repo, as the master branch may have backwards incompatible changes (see module sources).

For example, to use v1.0.8 of the single-server module, you would add the following:

module "ecs_cluster" {
  source = ""

  // set the parameters for the single-server module

Note: the double slash (//) is intentional and required. It's part of Terraform's Git syntax (see module sources).

See the module's documentation and file for all the parameters you can set. Run terraform get -update to pull the latest version of this module from this repo before runnin gthe standard terraform plan and terraform apply commands.

Using scripts & binaries

You can install the scripts and binaries in the modules folder of any repo using the Gruntwork Installer. For example, if the scripts you want to install are in the modules/ecs-scripts folder of the repo, you could install them as follows:

gruntwork-install --module-name "ecs-scripts" --repo "" --tag "0.0.1"

See the docs for each script & binary for detailed instructions on how to use them.

Developing a module


We are following the principles of Semantic Versioning. During initial development, the major version is to 0 (e.g., 0.x.y), which indicates the code does not yet have a stable API. Once we hit 1.0.0, we will follow these rules:

  1. Increment the patch version for backwards-compatible bug fixes (e.g., v1.0.8 -> v1.0.9).
  2. Increment the minor version for new features that are backwards-compatible (e.g., v1.0.8 -> 1.1.0).
  3. Increment the major version for any backwards-incompatible changes (e.g. 1.0.8 -> 2.0.0).

The version is defined using Git tags. Use GitHub to create a release, which will have the effect of adding a git tag.


See the test folder for details.


Please see LICENSE.txt for details on how the code in this repo is licensed.

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