This documentation is for the developer preview release of the AWS CDK. Do not use this version of the AWS CDK in production. Subsequent releases of the AWS CDK will likely include breaking changes.

AWS CDK Examples

This topic contains some examples to help you get started using some of the advanced constructs offered by the AWS CDK.

  • Amazon ECS Example walks you through creating a Fargate service running on an ECS cluster fronted by an internet-facing

application load balancer.

  • Apples Example walks you through creating the resources for a simple widget dispensing service.

Creating an Amazon ECS AWS CDK App

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) is a highly scalable, fast, container management service that makes it easy to run, stop, and manage Docker containers on a cluster. You can host your cluster on infrastructure that is managed by Amazon ECS by launching your services or tasks using the Fargate launch type. For more control you can host your tasks on a cluster of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances that you manage by using the EC2 launch type.

This example shows you how to launch some services using the Fargate launch type. If you’ve ever used the console to create a Fargate service, you know that there are many steps you must follow to accomplish that task. AWS has a number of tutorials and documentation topics that walk you through creating a Fargate service, including:

This example creates a similar Fargate service in AWS CDK code.

Since Amazon ECS can be used with a number of AWS services, you should understand how the Amazon ECS construct that we use in this example gives you a leg up on using AWS services by providing the following benefits:

  • Automatically configures a load balancer.

  • Automatic security group opening for load balancers, which enables load balancers to communicate with instances without you explictly creating a security group.

  • Automatic ordering dependency between service and load balancer attaching to a target group, where the AWS CDK enforces the correct order of creating the listener before an instance is created

  • Automatic userdata configuration on auto-scaling group, which creates the correct configuration to associate a cluster to AMI(s).

  • Early validation of parameter combinations, which exposes AWS CloudFormation issues earlier, thus saving you deployment time. For example, depending upon the task, it is easy to mis-configure the memory settings. Previously you would not encounter an error until you deployed your app, but now the AWS CDK can detect a misconfiguration and emit an error when you synthesize your app.

  • Automatically adds permissions for Amazon ECR if you use an image from Amazon ECR When you use an image from Amazon ECR, the AWS CDK adds the correct permissions.

  • Convenient API for autoscaling The AWS CDK supplies a method so you can autoscale instances when you use an Amazon EC2 cluster; this functionality is done automatically when you use an instance in a Fargate cluster.

    In addition, the AWS CDK will prevent instances from being deleted when autoscaling tries to kill an instance, but either a task is running or is scheduled on that instance.

    Previously, you had to create a Lambda function to have this functionality.

  • Asset support, so that you can deploy source from your machine to Amazon ECS in one step Previously, to use application source you had to perform a number of manual steps (upload to Amazon ECR, create Docker image, etc.).

Step 1: Create the Directory and Initialize the AWS CDK

Let’s start with creating a new directory to hold our AWS CDK code and create a new app in that directory.

mkdir MyEcsConstruct
cd MyEcsConstruct
cdk init --language typescript

Build the app and confirm that it creates an empty stack.

npm run build
cdk synth

You should see a stack like the following, where CDK-VERSION is the version of the CDK.

    Type: 'AWS::CDK::Metadata'
      Modules: @aws-cdk/cdk=CDK-VERSION,@aws-cdk/cx-api=CDK-VERSION,my_ecs_construct=0.1.0

Step 2: Add the Amazon EC2 and Amazon ECS Packages

Install support for Amazon EC2 and Amazon ECS.

npm install @aws-cdk/aws-ec2 @aws-cdk/aws-ecs

Step 3: Create a Fargate Service

There are two different ways of running your container tasks with Amazon ECS:

  • Using the Fargate launch type, where Amazon ECS manages the physical machines that your containers are running on for you
  • Using the EC2 launch type, where you do the managing, such as specifying autoscaling

The following example creates a Fargate service running on an ECS cluster fronted by an internet-facing application load balancer.

Add the following import statements to lib/my_ecs_construct-stack.ts:

import ec2 = require('@aws-cdk/aws-ec2');
import ecs = require('@aws-cdk/aws-ecs');

Replace the comment at the end of the constructor with the following code:

const vpc = new ec2.VpcNetwork(this, 'MyVpc', {
  maxAZs: 3 // Default is all AZs in region

const cluster = new ecs.Cluster(this, 'MyCluster', {
  vpc: vpc

// Create a load-balanced Fargate service and make it public
new ecs.LoadBalancedFargateService(this, 'MyFargateService', {
  cluster: cluster,  // Required
  cpu: '512', // Default is 256
  desiredCount: 6,  // Default is 1
  image: ecs.ContainerImage.fromDockerHub('amazon/amazon-ecs-sample'), // Required
  memoryMiB: '2048',  // Default is 512
  publicLoadBalancer: true  // Default is false

Save it and make sure it builds and creates a stack.

npm run build
cdk synth

The stack is hundreds of lines, so we won’t show it here. The stack should contain one default instance, a private subnet and a public subnet for the three availability zones, and a security group.

Deploy the stack.

cdk deploy

AWS CloudFormation displays information about the dozens of steps that it takes as it deploys your app.

That’s how easy it is to create a Fargate service to run a Docker image.