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Particle Cloud Framework

Particle Cloud Framework is a cloud resource provisioning framework that is fully customizable and extensible, callable by code, and does not require manually maintaining states of resources. Particle Cloud Framework enables the standardization of modeling hierarchical cloud infrastructure, automating deployments, and managing lifecycles of cloud resources.


Docs including quickstart and developer guide


To install particle cloud framework, open an interactive shell and run:

pip install pcf

Import and use a PCF Particle

First import the particles you will use. These can be core particles or custom particles that you created. See examples if you need help creating your config.

from pcf.core.ec2.ec2_instance import EC2Instance

Next we need to pass the desired state definition to the particle.

    ec2_example_definition = {
        "pcf_name": "ec2_example",
        "aws_resource": {
            "ImageId": "ami-xxxxx",
            "InstanceType": "t2.micro",
            "KeyName": "secret-key-xxx",
            "SecurityGroupIds": [
            "SubnetId": "subnet-xxx",
            "userdata_template_file": "",
            "userdata_params": {},
            "IamInstanceProfile": {
              "Arn": "arn:aws:iam::xxxxxxxxx"
            "InstanceInitiatedShutdownBehavior": "stop",
            "tags": {
            "BlockDeviceMappings": [
                "DeviceName": "/dev/sda1",
                "Ebs": {
                  "DeleteOnTermination": true,
                  "VolumeSize": 20,
                  "VolumeType": "gp2"

Now to start the ec2 instance using pcf simply initialize the particle and set the desired state to running and apply.

    particle = EC2Instance(ec2_example_definition)


To terminate simply change the desired state to terminated and apply.


Published Content

Just in Time Cloud Infrastructure: Redefining the Relationship Between Applications and Cloud Infrastructure

Supported Cloud Services



Development Setup

To develop locally, clone this project and ensure you have the Invoke package installed globally via pip or conda:

$ pip install invoke


$ conda install invoke

Then you can use the project management tasks defined in via the invoke CLI:

$ invoke --list
Available tasks:

  build      Build PCF with the PCF_TAG value given or the VERSION in pcf/
  docs-add   Run sphinx-apidoc on pcf and pcf/test
  lint       Run pylint on pcf directory
  publish    Publish package to Pypi
  setup      Setup a virtualenv, activate it, and install requirements
  test       Run pytest on pcf directory, generating a coverage report

$ invoke setup && source venv/bin/activate
$ invoke test




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