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Backup and restore AWS security groups as local files or to S3

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AWS Security Group Backup

AWS Security Group Backup is a tiny library that allows to backup and restore AWS security groups. It may be useful if you want to delete security groups that are not used, but you want to have a backup in case you need to restore them.

If security group references other security groups, then they will be also backed up. On restore, if some referenced security group is not found, then it will be restored.

Library doesn't restore security group IDs, so you need to update your environment to use new security group IDs.


pip install aws-sg-backup

Required IAM permissions

To use this library, you need to have the following IAM permissions:

  • ec2:DescribeSecurityGroups
  • ec2:CreateSecurityGroup
  • ec2:AuthorizeSecurityGroupIngress
  • ec2:AuthorizeSecurityGroupEgress
  • ec2:RevokeSecurityGroupEgress
  • s3:PutObject
  • `s3:GetObject


Library provides two functions: backup_security_group and restore_security_group. Both functions take the following arguments:

  • security_group_id - ID of the security group to backup or restore
  • backup_path - local file path or S3 bucket path (e.g. bucket_name/path/to/dir). Depends on backup_target argument.
  • backup_target - backup target. Can be either Backup.S3 or Backup.LOCAL. If Backup.S3 is specified, backup will be created in S3 bucket. If Backup.LOCAL is specified, backup will be stored in the local file system.

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