AWS Role Credentials

Configure an AWS Cloud Provider with a User Role

Configure an AWS Cloud Provider with a User Role

IMPORTANT: We highly recommend using the Role-based method as this is more secure.

NOTE: The Role authentication method can only be used if your management cluster is running in AWS.

For more flexible credential configuration, we offer a role-based authentication method with an optional External ID for third party access.

The role should grant permissions to create the following resources in the AWS account:

  • EC2 Instances
  • VPC
  • Subnets
  • Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)
  • Internet Gateway
  • NAT Gateway
  • Elastic Block Storage (EBS) Volumes
  • Security Groups
  • Route Tables
  • IAM Roles

The user you delegate from your role must have a minimum set of permissions. Below is the minimal IAM policy required:

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

Make sure to also add a correct trust relationship to the created role. The example allows everyone within the same account to AssumeRole the created role. YOURACCOUNTRESTRICTION must be replaced with the AWS Account ID you would like to AssumeRole from.

IMPORTANT: Never add a `*` / wildcard, you would open your account for the whole world.

  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Principal": {
        "Service": "",
        "AWS": "arn:aws:iam::YOURACCOUNTRESTRICTION:root"
      "Action": "sts:AssumeRole"

To use the role created attach the following policy to the role which is already attached to your Kommander cluster. YOURACCOUNTRESTRICTION must be replaced with the AWS Account ID where the role you like to AssumeRole is saved. Also THEROLEYOUCREATED must be replaced with the AWS Role name.

  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Sid": "AssumeRoleKommander",
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Action": "sts:AssumeRole",

Instead of doing this manually you can add this file,, into the extras/provisioner/ directory next to your cluster.yaml file.

# Attaching sts:AssumeRole to the default node role from konvoy
resource "aws_iam_role_policy" "agent_policy_assumerole_kommander" {
  count = "${var.create_iam_instance_profile ? 1 : 0}"
  name  = "AssumeRoleKommander"
  role  = "${}"
  policy = <<EOF
    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "AssumeRoleKommander",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": "sts:AssumeRole",
            "Resource": "arn:aws:iam::YOURACCOUNTRESTRICTION:role/THEROLEYOUCREATED"

In Kommander, select the Workspace associated with the credentials you are adding.

Navigate to Administration > Cloud Providers and click the Add Cloud Provider button.

Add Cloud Provider

  • Select the Amazon Web Services (AWS) option from the Add Cloud Provider.
  • Ensure “Role” is selected as the Authentication Method.
  • Select a name for your cloud provider. Consider choosing a name that matches the AWS user.
  • Enter the Role ARN.
  • You can add an External ID if you share the Role with a 3rd party. External IDs secure your environment from accidentally used roles. Here you can read more about External IDs.