If you use AWS CloudFormation to provision your infrastructure, it can be time-consuming to constantly visit the AWS documentation in order to find the right property of each resource type. To solve this problem, I created a VS Code extension that adds autocompletion for every available AWS resource type in a CloudFormation template.
The VS Code extension is called CloudFormation Snippets
The VS Code extension contains the following features:
- Autocompletion for every AWS CloudFormation resource type (including properties).
- Support for Intrinsic functions & Conditions.
- Contains a whole bunch of Parameter types.
Tabto quickly update the property of an AWS CloudFormation resource type.
- The description of every resource type contains a reference to the official documentation.
- Github actions will automatically trigger the pipeline and fetch the latest updates from the official AWS CloudFormation resource specification.
Here is a small demo that shows what happens when you're trying to add a new CloudFormation resource with the VS Code extension enabled:
Steps described in further detail:
- Step 1. Install the extension in your VS Code editor
- Step 2. Create a template file in
.ymlformat to start working on AWS CloudFormation
- Step 3. Make sure that the file type is listed as
YAMLin the VS Code editor (Bottom right-hand corner).
- Step 4. Type
cfnto get the AWS CloudFormation template fragment.
- Step 5. Start adding resources in the resource section of the template by using the prefix name e.g.
autoscaling-autoscalinggroupequals resource type
Note: If the autocomplete doesn't get invoked automatically in step 5. Then you can invoke IntelliSense manually by pressing
ctrl + space. Search for the prefix of the resource type that you want to add and press
If you're looking to optimize your VS Code with more useful extensions, then have a look at the other article I wrote to help you level up your CloudFormation templating game!
If you're working with AWS CDK, then you might be interested in my other VS Code extension that I created which adds L1 construct snippets from AWS CDK into VS Code.
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