Elastic Beanstalk is a one-stop shop for Ruby on Rails developers to publish their apps. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to first commit your app to AWS CodeCommit so that you can then publish over to EB.

There are a lot of steps so here's a high-level overview:

  • Create a Group and attach policies that grant you access to CodeCommit.
  • Add users to the group.
  • Create a CodeCommit repository.
  • Configure your local computer to work with AWS.
  • Create a local profile on your computer to connect to your CodeCommit repo (using Git).

Managing Users & Access

Step 1 - Create a Group

Groups are utilities that help you establish permissions to a group of users. As a first step, visit the Groups section within Identity and Access Management (IAM) console and create a new group.

Select Create a new Group

Step 2 - Attach Policies to Your Group

Once you've created a group, you'll need to grant access. Here are a few policies I offer to CodeCommit contributors.

  • AWSCodeCommitFullAccess offers full access to CodeCommit.
  • IAMSelfManageServiceSpecificCredentials allows developers a way to authenticate using git credentials.
  • IAMUserSSHKeys enables users to authenticate using SSH credentials.
  • IAMReadOnlyAccess provides IAM read-only access.

This is what your group should look like.
CodeCommit Groups
Source: Setting Up Code Commit

Step 3 - Create a user

If you haven't created a user yet, visit IAM on AWS console and create a new user with Access Keys.

Create a new user

Step 4 - Add users to your group

The next step is to add your users to this specific group using the IAM AWS console.

Managing CodeCommit

Step 5 - Create a CodeCommit Repo

You will need to make sure that you've created a repository for your code. Visit the CodeCommit section of the AWS Console to create your git repo.

Create Repo


Make sure you get the URL of the repo. It will look something like this:


Configuring Your Local Environment

The first step to configuring your local environment is to install the AWS client libraries. In order to keep things up-to-date and organized, I use Homebrew to manage my libraries. If you're not familiar with Homebrew, I suggest you How to Install AWS Client using Homebrew.

Step 6 - Download AWS Client

Once you've installed homebrew, download the AWS commnd-line interface.

brew install awscli

Step 7 - Download AWS Elastic Beanstalk Client

Amazon Web Services offers multiple command-line clients. Now that you've installed awscli it's time to install Elastic Beanstalk command-line interface

brew install awsebcli

Managing User Profiles

Step 8 - Managing User Profiles

You first need to make sure that you've configured your AWS client account by creating a user profile.

Read this tutorial for further instructions.

Spelling it out, you will actually need to create two users.

The first user is your IAM user account (which we completed in steps 1-4). The second user is your git user. You create a git user account by visiting User > myuser > Security Credentials.

The url looks like this with changes to MY_REGION and MY_USER_NAME.


At the bottom of the Security Credentials tab, you will find a section where you can create a git user.

Git username

Managing Git

Step 9 - Configuring Git

Once you've created a user profile, then you can connect it to Git using the credential helper.

The AWS credential helper will connect your CodeCommit Profile

git config --global credential.helper '!aws --profile myawsprofile codecommit credential-helper $@'


Tell AWS that you want to use HTTPS instead of git.

git config --global credential.UseHttpPath true


Step 10 - Download your repo

git clone https://git-codecommit.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/v1/repos/name-of-your-website

Troubleshooting Mac OS X

If you run into a problem like this and you're on a Mac, it probably has to do with Apple's Keychain Access. I suggest you use SSH (instead of HTTPS) to log in.

fatal: unable to access 'https://git-codecommit.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/v1/repos/my-website/': The requested URL returned error: 403

READ the section Steps to Clone Your Repository.
Clone your repo.

You can get your public SSH key to upload by typing:

nano ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub

or you may have created a custom RSA public key.

If you do not have an RSA public key, then read Step 3 from this AWS Doc

This will configure your system using awsebcli.

nano eb init

Your Public key will likely be stored here.

nano ~/.ssh/aws-eb.pub 


nano ~/.ssh/config
Host git-codecommit.*.amazonaws.com
  IdentityFile ~/.ssh/codecommit_or_name_you_picked

Publish to Elastic Bean Stalk

In Part 2, we'll focus on how to publish from CodeCommit to Elastic Beanstalk.