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The AWS Copilot CLI is a tool for developers to build, release and operate production ready containerized applications on Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate.

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Develop, Release and Operate Container Apps on AWS.

The AWS Copilot CLI is a tool for developers to create, release and manage production ready containerized applications on Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate. From getting started, pushing to a test environment and releasing to production, Copilot helps you through the entire life of your app development.

Got a Dockerfile and some code? Get it up and running on ECS in under 10 minutes, with just one command. Ready to take that app to production? Spin up new environments and a continuous delivery pipeline without having to leave your terminal. Find a bug? Tail your logs and deploy with one tool.

Use Copilot to: * Organize all your related micro-services in one application * Set up test and production environments, across regions and accounts * Set up production-ready, scalable ECS services and infrastructure * Set up CI/CD Pipelines for all of the micro-services * Monitor and debug your services from your terminal

Read more about the Copilot charter and tenets here.

copilot help menu

Using the instructions and assets in this repository folder is governed as a preview program under the AWS Service Terms (


Homebrew 🍻

$ brew install aws/tap/copilot-cli


We're distributing binaries from our GitHub releases.

Instructions for installing Copilot for your platform
Platform Command to install
macOS curl -Lo /usr/local/bin/copilot && chmod +x /usr/local/bin/copilot && copilot --help
Linux x86 (64-bit) curl -Lo /usr/local/bin/copilot && chmod +x /usr/local/bin/copilot && copilot --help
Linux ARM curl -Lo /usr/local/bin/copilot && chmod +x /usr/local/bin/copilot && copilot --help
Windows Invoke-WebRequest -OutFile 'C:\Program Files\copilot.exe'

Getting started 🌱

Make sure you have the AWS command line tool installed and have already run

aws configure
before you start.

To get a sample app up and running in one command, run the following:

$ git clone [email protected]:aws-samples/aws-copilot-sample-service.git demo-app
$ cd demo-app
$ copilot init --app demo                \
  --name api                             \
  --type 'Load Balanced Web Service'     \
  --dockerfile './Dockerfile'            \

This will create a VPC, Application Load Balancer, an Amazon ECS Service with the sample app running on AWS Fargate. This process will take around 8 minutes to complete - at which point you'll get a URL for your sample app running!

Cleaning up 🧹

Once you're finished playing around with this project, you can delete it and all the AWS resources associated it by running

copilot app delete

Running a one-off task 🏃‍♀️

Copilot makes it easy to set up production-ready applications, but you can also use it to run tasks on AWS Fargate without having to set up any infrastructure. To run a simple hello world task on Fargate you can use Copilot:

$ copilot task run      \
  --default             \
  --follow              \
  --image alpine:latest \
  --command "echo 'Howdy, Copilot'"

Learning more 📖

Want to learn more about what's happening? Check out our documentation for a getting started guide, learning about Copilot concepts, and a breakdown of our commands.

We need your feedback 🙏

The AWS Copilot CLI is in beta, meaning that you can expect our command names to be stable as well as the shape of our infrastructure patterns. However, we want to know what works, what doesn't work, and what you want! Have any feedback at all? Drop us an issue or join us on gitter.

We're happy to hear feedback or answer questions, so reach out, anytime!

Security disclosures

If you think you’ve found a potential security issue, please do not post it in the Issues. Instead, please follow the instructions here or email AWS security directly at [email protected].


This library is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License.

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