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An interactive Amazon webservices shell

Project description

iboto offers an interactive shell with the basic set of ec2 commands from the Amazon command line tools, on steroids!


  • full tab-completion on arguments

    • amis
    • instance ids
    • tags
    • zones
    • instance types, etc.

    Saving much fiddly copy-pasting of ids around.

  • much snappier

    Without having to load all of Java up first before running a command you’ll see it’s much snappier controlling instances compared to the Amazon tools (as great as they are!).

  • extra functionality:

    • ec2ssh - waits for the instance to be running and SSH to be available before connecting; all without having to find and copy the public dns name, guess when it’s booted fully or even open a new terminal for SSH.
    • ec2watch - closely monitor what is happening to your instances whilst you’re waiting.
  • all the nice features of ipython

    History recall, python integration, session recording, configurability, etc.


$ iboto
iboto ready

Commands available:
%ec2run   (aka %ec2-run-instances)
%ec2start (aka %ec2-start-instances)
%ec2stop  (aka %ec2-stop-instances)
%ec2kill  (aka %ec2-terminate-instances)
%ec2din   (aka %ec2-describe-instances)

'%command?' for more information.

eu-west-1 <1>:ec2run -t t[TAB]
eu-west-1 <1>:ec2run -t t1.micro
eu-west-1 <1>:ec2run -t t1.micro -k m[TAB]
eu-west-1 <1>:ec2run -t t1.micro -k mykey
eu-west-1 <1>:ec2run -t t1.micro -k mykey u[TAB]
eu-west-1 <1>:ec2run -t t1.micro -k mykey ubuntu_lucid_
eu-west-1 <1>:ec2run -t t1.micro -k mykey ubuntu_lucid_32_ebs

eu-west-1 <2>:ec2ssh $_
Waiting for i-e4310993 pending->running...
Waiting for i-e4310993 SSH port...
Connecting to
The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is c7:6a:f5:a7:38:16:5e:1f:4c:ca:cc:bf:4c:b6:d7:de.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added ',' (RSA) to the list of known hosts.
Linux ip-10-235-54-107 2.6.32-309-ec2 #18-Ubuntu SMP Mon Oct 18 21:00:20 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS

Welcome to Ubuntu!
ubuntu@ip-10-235-54-107:~$ logout
Connection to closed.

eu-west-1 <3>:ec2din
instance    state    type      zone        ami           launch time               name
i-e4310993  running  t1.micro  eu-west-1a  ami-f4340180  2010-12-08T19:30:09.000Z
eu-west-1 <4>:ec2kill i-e43

eu-west-1 <5>:ec2watch i-e43
 i-e4310993  state: shutting-down->terminated
 i-e4310993 -public_dns_name:
 i-e4310993 -private_ip_address:
^Ceu-west-1 <6>:^D
Leaving iboto

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