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  • Writer's pictureRan Isenberg

Deploy to AWS with GitHub Actions and AWS CDK

Updated: Jan 12

This blog explains how you can use AWS CDK to deploy to your AWS account using GitHub Actions CI/CD pipeline.

Feel free to use the code snippets as you please.

Click here and here to view a fully working GitHub AWS Serverless service template that uses the same snippet.

Update January 2024

This complete CI/CD file has been revised and updated with newer versions and multiple environments: deployments to dev, staging and production accounts:


TL;DR Video

This blog post is available as a video.


Going Over The Job Steps

Let's go over the CI/CD pipeline steps:

  1. Environment setup

  2. AWS account setup

  3. Run linters & unit tests

  4. Deploy stack

  5. Run E2E tests

  6. Destroy stack (for dev stack only)

Environment Setup

Python & Node Setup

This snippet will setup Python 3.9 and Node v16 in the CI/CD runner.


It's recommended to use latest pip and AWS CDK version.

In line 4, you should install your Python dependencies with either pip, pipenv, or poetry, depending on your weapon of choice to manage Python dependencies.

These dependencies include development dependencies (pytest, linters, etc.) and service runtime dependencies.

Setup AWS Secrets

You must set up GitHub's repository secrets for this snippet to work.

Under Settings/Secrets/Actions, add 'AWS_SECRET_KEY' and 'AWS_ACCESS_KEY'.

These secrets are used in a predefined IAM role you created for your CI/CD process.

This is a simple example; however, for security reasons, it is best to use an SSO solution (out of the scope of this guide).

The yaml config:

In line 7, choose your AWS region of choice.

Linters & Unit Tests

Right before deployment, it is recommended to run linters such as:

  1. pylint/flake8

  2. pre-commit checks

  3. yapf/black

  4. Code complexity checks (radon/xenon)

See the linters example and configuration at my GitHub template here and the makefile that runs the linters commands here.

Once the linters finish, run unit tests as a first service logic gate.

Deploy Time

In line3, you must set the correct path to your CDK '' file.

I usually put all the CDK project files in a 'cdk' folder instead of the root project path.

E2E Tests

Once deployment is completed, you should run your E2E tests and make sure your service runs properly on AWS. You can use pytest to create REST API requests or other triggers to test your deployed service.

Destroy Stack

This step is relevant only for local stack or pull requests where you want to destroy the stack in the end.

As in the deployment stage, make sure set the correct path to your CDK '' file.

The Full Flow


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