Create EBS Snapshot Actions
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Written by Matt Houser
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The Create EBS Snapshot action will create a snapshot of an EBS volume.

For example, a snapshot can be created every day at 1am.


Please see Common Action Settings for a description of settings common to all action types.

Volume ID

Indicate the volume id of your EBS volume. This value usually looks like "vol-84a3dc7b". This volume must reside in the region specified.

Snapshot Name

Optional. After the snapshot is created, this value is placed in the "Name" tag for the newly created volume. Macros can be used to include run-time data. See below.


Optional. The snapshot can have a description saved with it. Macros can be used to include run-time data. See below.

Stop Instance for Snapshot

By default, the snapshot will be created without stopping and restarting the instance. Enable this option to stop the instance before starting the snapshot, and restart the instance after the snapshot has started.

Deregister from Load Balancers

If the instance will be stopped, indicate whether the instance should also be deregistered from any load balancers. The instance will automatically be re-registered with the load balancers.

EC2 Tags

Optional. EC2 tags can be set once the snapshot is complete. Click "Add Tag" to add a tag and fill the tag data. Any number of tags can be set, although Amazon EC2 has a limit of 10 (including the Name tag). Macros can be used in the tag values to include run-time data. See below.

Copy to Region

Optional. Once the snapshot is complete, it can be copied to a different region. If the snapshot should be copied, select the target region.


The following macros can be used to include some run-time information.


Date of snapshot in year-month-day format


Time of snapshot in 24-hour format


Day of the week, as a short name.

  • Sun

  • Mon

  • Tue

  • Wed

  • Thu

  • Fri

  • Sat


Day of the week, as a long name.

  • Sunday

  • Monday

  • Tuesday

  • Wednesday

  • Thursday

  • Friday

  • Saturday


Day of the month.


Week of the month, starting at day 1 of the month.

  • Day 1 - 7 is week 1

  • Day 8 - 14 is week 2

  • Day 15 - 21 is week 3

  • Day 22 - 28 is week 4

  • Day 29 - 31 is week 5


Week to the end of the month, ending at the last day of the month. For example, for a 31-day month:

  • Day 25 - 31 is week 1

  • Day 18 - 24 is week 2

  • Day 11 - 17 is week 3

  • Day 4 - 10 is week 4

  • Day 1 - 3 is week 5


Month of the year, as a short name.

  • Jan

  • Feb

  • Mar

  • Apr

  • May

  • Jun

  • Jul

  • Aug

  • Sep

  • Oct

  • Nov

  • Dec


Month of the year, as a long name.

  • January

  • February

  • March

  • April

  • May

  • June

  • July

  • August

  • September

  • October

  • November

  • December


ID of the AMI image used to create the instance


ID of the attached instance


Name of the attached instance


ID of the volume


Name of the volume

Macros are case-sensitive. For example, $(Time) is not valid. $(TIME) must be used.

Amazon Commands Used

The following Amazon AWS commands are used. The access key should have permission to execute all of them.

  • ec2:AssociateAddress

  • ec2:CreateSnapshot

  • ec2:CreateTags

  • ec2:DescribeAddresses

  • ec2:DescribeInstances

  • ec2:DescribeSnapshots

  • ec2:DescribeTags

  • ec2:DescribeVolumes

  • ec2:StartInstances

  • ec2:StopInstances

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