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CLI tool for injecting parameters stored in AWS SSM into executables.

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ssmx is a CLI tool for injecting parameters stored in AWS SSM into executables.

It also provides commands to retrieve and set parameters in AWS SSM.


pip install ssmx



ssmx --help

Configuring Credentials

The Following authentication methods are supported:

  • Environment variables
  • Shared credential file (~/.aws/credentials)
  • AWS config file (~/.aws/config)
  • AWS profiles

For more details please see here.

List parameters

List all parameters:

ssmx list


| Name                               | Description   |
| /platform/infra/testing            | Test param    |
| MY_KEY                             | MY TEST KEY   |

Filter parameters by name:

ssmx list --name my-app

Will list parameters starting with my-app

| Name                | Description          |
| my-app.hostname     | my app hostname      |
| my-app.secret-key   | hush puppy           |

Delete Parameters

ssmx delete --name <MY_KEY>

Will delete the parameter MY_KEY. Invalid parameters are ignored and printed on stdout.


| Deleted Parameters   |
| MY_KEY               |

Get parameters

ssmx get --name <MY_KEY>

Will retrieve and decrypt the param MY_KEY Output:

| Name   | Value   |
| MY_KEY | MY_VAL  |

Put parameters

ssmx put
--name <name>
--value <value>
--description <description> # optional
--encrypt # optional
--key-id <kms_key_id> # required only when --encrypt is specified

Important Note: put behaves like an upsert, meaning if no entry exists with the name provided, it will create a new entry, and if an entry already exists with the name provided, it will overwrite the current value with the value provided.

Provide env variables to an executable

ssmx exec --env-file <file_path> -- <executable>

Using the exec command, you can specify an env file that contains plain and secret values. Secret values need to be provided in the following format:

PLAIN_ENV_VAR=hello world


Let's assume we are working with a node.js application that requires specific secret envrionment variables for specific environments. In other words, our application depends on .env files to contain the environment variables it needs to function correctly for each environment it's deployed in.

Suppose our dev.env file looks like the following


We now need to pass this dev.env file to ssmx to fetch and decrypt the value for THIRD_PARTY_ACCESS_TOKEN and then inject the two env. variables into the process that will run our node.js application.

$ ssmx exec --env-file ./env/dev.env -- npm start

Example with --name parameter

Let's simplify our example from above and let's assume we store all our plain and secret env. variables in AWS SSM and we don't use .env files.

We also prefix our keys in AWS SSM with <env>-my-app, i.e.

| Name                                 | Value                        |
| /dev-my-app/third-party-hostname     |  |
| /dev-my-app/third-party-access-token | shhhh-my-access-token        |

We can then acheive the same result in the previous example with the following command

$ ssmx exec --name dev-my-app -- npm start

Now this feature is really handy because if you're using docker to containerize your applications and AWS ECS to host your containers, you can simply provide an environment variable in your container definition, (i.e. APP_NAME ) to differentiate between each environment.

For example, in our Dockerfile we can do the following



#!/usr/bin/env bash
set -e
echo "Starting up..."

# $APP_NAME is exposed by the container definition 
ssmx exec --name $APP_NAME -- npm start

Important Note

If you plan to use the --name parameter with ssmx exec, you need to follow a specific format for the keys you create in AWS SSM. The keys need to follow the path format which works as follows:


# examples

You can read in more detail about paths here


ssmx is released under MIT


This project is a fork from HelloFresh's ssm-cli and drew inspiration from the following projects:

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