Deploying the CDK Application

The Cloud Development Kit (CDK) is a software development framework from AWS for defining cloud infrastructure for your project and provisioning it through AWS CloudFormation.

The AWS Core Gem includes an optional Python CDK application that provides two stacks:

  1. A core stack to use as the basis for a project’s CDK application.
  2. An example stack with example resources that can be connected to ScriptBehavior samples in Core.

The Python project is set up like a standard Python project. The initialization process uses virtual environments, created with virtualenv and stored under the .venv directory.

To create the virtual environment, you must have a python3 executable (or python for Windows) in your path with access to the venv package. If the automatic creation of the virtualenv fails, you can create the virtualenv manually.


Working with the CDK application

There are a few one-time set up steps to prepare for your first CDK deployment. The following commands should all be run from the cdk directory of the Gem you’re working with.

1. Set up Python environment

For the latest instructions, refer to the README.MD located in <engine root>\Gems\AWSCore\cdk.

Open a command prompt to the cdk directory of the Gem you’re working with.

cd <ENGINE_ROOT>\Gems\<AWS_GEM>\cdk
  • Example when deploying the CDK application for AWS Core:

    cd <ENGINE_ROOT>\Gems\AWSCore\cdk

Create a virtualenv.

# Windows
python -m venv .venv

# Mac or Linux
python3 -m venv .venv

Activate your virtualenv.

# Windows

# Mac or Linux
source .venv/bin/activate

Install the required dependencies.

# Windows
pip install -r requirements.txt

# Mac or Linux
pip3 install -r requirements.txt

2. Set environment variables or accept defaults

O3DE_AWS_DEPLOY_REGIONThe region to deploy the stacks into, will default to CDK_DEFAULT_REGION.
O3DE_AWS_DEPLOY_ACCOUNTThe account to deploy stacks into, will default to CDK_DEFAULT_ACCOUNT.
O3DE_AWS_PROJECT_NAMEThe name of the O3DE project that stacks should be deployed for, will default to AWS-PROJECT.

See Environments in the AWS CDK Developer Guide for more information including how to pass parameters to use for environment variables.

3. Bootstrap the environment

The AWS environment needs to be bootstrapped because this CDK application uses assets in a local directory that contains handler code for the AWS Lambda functions.

Use the CDK bootstrap command to bootstrap one or more AWS environments.

cdk bootstrap aws://ACCOUNT-NUMBER-1/REGION-1 aws://ACCOUNT-NUMBER-2/REGION-2 ...

For example:

cdk bootstrap aws://123456789012/us-east-1

See Bootstrapping in the AWS CDK Developer Guide for more information about the bootstrap provisioning process.

4. Synthesize the project

At this point you can now synthesize the AWS CloudFormation template. Use the CDK synth command from the cdk directory of the Gem whose application you are deploying.

cdk synth

To add additional dependencies, such as other CDK libraries, just add them to your requirements.txt file and rerun the pip install -r requirements.txt command.

5. Deploy the project

To deploy the CDK application, use the CDK deploy command from the cdk directory of the Gem whose application you are deploying.

cdk deploy

The deploy command displays progress information as your stack is deployed.

Useful commands

cdk lsList all stacks in the app.
cdk synthEmits the synthesized CloudFormation template.
cdk deployDeploy this stack to your default AWS account/region.
cdk diffCompare deployed stack with current state.
cdk docsOpen CDK documentation.


For help troubleshooting, see Troubleshooting Common AWS CDK Issues in the AWS CDK Developer Guide.

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