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A simplistic CLI that works with AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store

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A Python based CLI that works with AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store in the simplest way possible. Powered by Boto3 & Click!

Main Features

  • Simple, intuitive and easy to use CLI to use as password managemant tool!
  • Levraging AWS password managemant capabilities and without cost! Free of charge!
  • Quick installation & lightweight
  • Duality - Allows using both as CLI for developer to utilize and as also as a Python client to run in CI
  • Hight test coverage for a reltively simple CLI

The ssm-simple-cli is designated to act primarily as a CLI but it also allows using it as a Python client. Most of the instructions below will help you setup & use the ssm-simple-cli as a plain CLI. If you are interested in using it as a client within Python code you can read more in the Development section.


Please make sure:

  • You have Python 3 version installed.
  • You are NOT on any virtualenv
  • You have configured AWS credentials with the neccessary user profile permissions. See AWS Permissions section for more information.
$ pip install --editable .

Initial Setup

Since ssm-simple-cli uses AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store behind the scenes, you must have a valid AWS account with crednetials set up. See AWS Permissions section for more info.

After a fresh install, you will have to configure you cli for the first time:

$ ssm configure

This will require you to enter you AWS account credentials. You can also configure the ssm-simple-cli to point to a specific named AWS profile:

$ ssm configure -p <my-desired-aws-profile-name>

To read more about multiple AWS profiles support click here.


Once ssm-siple-cli was configure, simply type ssm in you desired shell to show the main help menu:

$ ssm

Usage: ssm [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

  --help  Show this message and exit.

  configure  Setup an initial configuration for this cli
  describe   Retrieve a list of available secrets
  get        Retrieve a specific secret.
  put        Submit a new secret to the SSM store

You can also use the --help flag on a specific command to find our more about it and its parameters:

$ ssm describe --help

Usage: ssm describe [OPTIONS]

  Retrieve a list of available secrets

  -c, --copy       Copies the selected secret value to your clipboard
  -g, --get        Give you a prompt to choose which secret to get
  -p, --path TEXT  Describe only parameters located in a specific path (must start with "/")

  --help           Show this message and exit.

AWS permissions & credentials

In order to run the ssm-simple-cli you must have a valid AWS account, AWS credentials and basic permissions to the AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. Please read below in order to get more details.

AWS Account

Just go to the AWS homepage and create an account. No initial sum requied!


AWS credentials are usually configured using the aws-cli. you should install the cli and then configure your AWS credentials using this command:

$ aws configure

Click here for more information on how to obtain such credentials

Once you have these credentials in place you will be able to setup the ssm-simple-cli.

Multiple AWS Profile Support!

When you setup the aws-cli, credentials are stored in a default AWS profile however if you use multiple named AWS profiles the ssm-simple-cli totally supports this!

By default the ssm-simple-cli uses the "default" AWS profile

To view what current AWS profile I'm using simply run

$ ssm configure -s

This will print the curent AWS named profile the ssm-simple-cli is using.

If you wish to configure a different named AWS profile:

$ ssm configure -p <my-desired-aws-profile-name>

This will direct the ssm-simple-cli to use crednetials for this specific named AWS profile


Your user must have the proper permissions in AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store. See this example in this repo for more information.


Running within Python code

Can be run in CI!

The ssm-simple-cli also allows running the actual commands within Python code. This provides a more holistic use of the same password mangemant tool & code in both the developer terminal & the actual CI build. Highly recommended!

To import the Python client code simply import the following classes:

from cli.src.ssm_cli import CliConfiguration
from cli.src.ssm_client import SSMClient

To initialize the client simply configure a CLIConfiguration and provide it to the client

 # by default the ssm-simple-cli configuration file sits at '~/.ssm/config' but can be anywhere
config = CliConfiguration('<configuration-file-path>')
client = SSMClient(config)


ssm-simple-cli utilizes PyTest, PyTest Fixtures and Moto to run Unit + Integration Tests.

To run the tests simply type the following in main folder:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt
$ pytest


  • Add MORE Tests
  • Add Test coverage and codecov
  • Consider adding "delete" capability (Did not do it since it may be harmful)

Enhancements & Ideas

I'm open to both! Contact me via the details in Github



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