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SAML federated API access for AWS

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As part of AWS Governance to enhance the security with the accounts and IAM users, Federated API access is recommended for AWS resources instead of hard-coded IAM AcessID and SecretKeys in the config file.

# Steps:

  • If this is the first time install of this python package, use below command:

    For Python2.x version, pip install awssamlpy2 For Python3.x version, pip install awssamlpy3

  • To upgrade this python package to latest version, use below command:

    For Python2.x version, pip install awssamlpy2 –upgrade For Python3.x version, pip install awssamlpy3 –upgrade

  • Create a ‘’ (~/ file under your user home directory like below -

    [UserProp] aws-region=us-east-1 aws-outputformat=json idpurl=https://<Your Company AWS SAML Domain>/adfs/ls/IdpInitiatedSignOn.aspx?loginToRp=urn:amazon:webservices

    Please refer to Mesh DOC-111675 for the idpurl

  • Create a ‘configure’ file under ~/.aws directory without providing the values for access and secret keys. Dont worry if haven’t yet; the package will automatically create one if this file is not present. You may just choose the output and region fields as per your need.

    [default] output = json region = us-east-1 aws_access_key_id = aws_secret_access_key =

  • We have taken care to package the required modules. But if there are any additional packages required, install the missing modules based on the error encountered like below:

    On Linux, pip install <module>

    Eg: pip install requests

    On Windows, easy_install <module>

    Eg: easy_install requests

  • Whenever you need SAML access to your AWS services, just the command:


  • This does the following:

    • Verifies your ~/.aws/configure file to set the approriate region; OR creates one if its not present

      • Prompts the user for AD username/password and does SAML auth with our ADFS

        NOTE: Username has to be in the format <domain><networkID>

      • Based on SAML response, prompts the user to choose the roles available on AWS for that user

      • Then, stores the temporarily created credentials (using Amazon STS service) for the user in the ~/.aws/credentials file along with STS token

      • Use API calls to work on AWS resources

      • Sample API call used in the script is for listing the S3 buckets, which is in Boto2.x format

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