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Prune EBS snapshots based on a simple backup retention policy

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Prune EBS Snapshots based on a simple backup retention policy


This script uses the boto3 library to communicate with AWS. You must configure your AWS credentials using one of the methods supported by boto3. For full details see:

The AWS user must have appropriate permissions. Here is an example AWS policy:

        "Version": "2012-10-17",
        "Statement": [
                        "Sid": "Stmt1422916495000",
                        "Effect": "Allow",
                        "Action": [
                        "Resource": [


Always use the --help option to see the most up-to-date options available.

Basic usage is:

prune-ebs-snapshots [options] volume_id tag_name tag_value

volume_id specifies which EBS volume to prune snapshots for

tag_name and tag_value specify a tag and corresponding value that must be present on all snapshots considered for pruning. Typically you would configure a backup script to include this particular tag value on all snapshots created for backup purposes. Snapshots created for other purposes would not have this tag, and therefore would not be deleted by this pruning script, or considered as part of the backup set for determining which snapshots to delete.

Options are used to specify how many daily, weekly, monthly and yearly snapshots to retain. Use --help for more details.

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