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Generate 'ssh_config' files, based on current Amazon EC2 state.

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SSH config synchronisation for AWS

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Generate ssh_config files, based on current Amazon EC2 state.


  • Connect to one or more regions at once.
  • Filter EC2 instances by name. Useful for including relevant nodes only or for creating separate config sets for the same environment (e.g. use a different User for different nodes).
  • Identify hosts using tags or instance IDs:
    • Index duplicates (e.g. in autoscaling groups) using instance launch time.
    • Include a global name prefix and/or a region ID to identify the connection in a unique way.
  • Use public or private IPs.
  • Set various SSH params:
    • Skip strict host checking, if needed. Can be useful when working with (internal) autoscaling groups.
    • Provide a server alive interval to keep the connection from timing out.
    • Use custom identity files.
    • Setup a proxy command for utilizing jump hosts.
    • ...
  • Write to stdout or a master file with config-key substitution. Useful for working with tools, that don't support the Include directive.


You can install the latest package using pip:

pip install aws-ssh-sync


To get a full list of options:

aws_ssh_sync --help


The easiest way to get a preview of the current config in AWS is to print the output directly to stdout:

aws_ssh_sync --profile <profile> --region <region>

Utilising the 'Include' directive

If you want to isolate the generated config, you can write it to a dedicated file, and Include it in the main config. The base use-case is as follows:

aws_ssh_sync --profile <profile> --region <region> > ~/.ssh/config.d/<some_file>

To extend your ~/.ssh/config, add the following line:

Include config.d/*

Working with a single config file

Splitting config into multiple, small files keeps things elegant and clean - you should probably stick to that, if you can.

Unfortunatelly, some tools may still have trouble with the Include directive itself. If you want to use a single file (e.g. ~/.ssh/config) for keeping all configuration, then you can specify the --output-file together with a --config-key:

aws_ssh_sync --profile <profile> --region <region> --config-key <key> --output-file <path>


  • Configuration is written to the --output-file rather than stdout.
  • If the file doesn't exist, then it will be created.
  • If a section identified by --config-key exists, then it will be replaced.
  • If no --config-key was found, then a new section will be appended to the file.
  • No backup file is created at the moment.


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