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A service that propagates tags from EC2 instances to EBS Volumes, and then to EBS Snapshots

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The Graffiti Monkey goes around tagging things. By looking at the tags an EC2 instance has, it copies those tags to the EBS Volumes that are attached to it, and then copies those tags to the EBS Snapshots.


usage: graffiti-monkey [-h] [--region REGION] [--verbose] [--version]

Propagates tags from AWS EC2 instances to EBS volumes, and then to EBS
snapshots. This makes it much easier to find things down the road.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit
  --region REGION  the region to tag things in (default is current region of
                   EC2 instance this is running on). E.g. us-east-1
  --verbose, -v    enable verbose output (-vvv for more)
  --version        display version number and exit


Suppose you have the following in us-east-1:

  - Tags:
    - Name: "Instance 1"

  - Attached to i-abcd1234 on /dev/sda1

  - Snapshot of vol-bcde3456

When you run:

graffiti-monkey --region us-east-1

First, Graffiti Monkey will set the EBS volume tags

  - Tags:
    - Name: "Instance 1"
    - instance_id: i-abcd1234
    - device: /dev/sda1

and then it will set the tags on the EBS Snapshot

  - Tags:
    - Name: "Instance 1"
    - instance_id: i-abcd1234
    - device: /dev/sda1


You can install Graffiti Monkey using the usual PyPI channels. Example:

sudo pip install graffiti_monkey

You can find the package details here:

Alternatively, if you prefer to install from source:

git clone
cd graffiti-monkey
python install


This project uses Boto to call the AWS APIs. You can pass your AWS credentials to Boto can by using a .boto file, IAM Roles or environment variables. Full information can be found here:

Source Code

The Python source code for Backup Monkey is available on GitHub:

About Answers for AWS

This code was written by Peter Sankauskas, founder of Answers for AWS - a company focused on helping businesses learn how to use AWS, without doing it the hard way. If you are looking for help with AWS, please contact us.


Copyright 2013 Answers for AWS LLC

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the “License”); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an “AS IS” BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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