aws_api_gateway - Manage AWS API Gateway APIs

New in version 2.4.


  • Allows for the management of API Gateway APIs
  • Normally you should give the api_id since there is no other stable guaranteed unique identifier for the API. If you do not give api_id then a new API will be create each time this is run.
  • Beware that there are very hard limits on the rate that you can call API Gateway’s REST API. You may need to patch your boto. See and discuss with your AWS rep.
  • swagger_file and swagger_text are passed directly on to AWS transparently whilst swagger_dict is an ansible dict which is converted to JSON before the API definitions are uploaded.


The below requirements are needed on the host that executes this module.

  • boto
  • boto3
  • python >= 2.6


Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
The ID of the API you want to manage.
AWS access key. If not set then the value of the AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_ACCESS_KEY or EC2_ACCESS_KEY environment variable is used.

aliases: ec2_access_key, access_key
AWS secret key. If not set then the value of the AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY, AWS_SECRET_KEY, or EC2_SECRET_KEY environment variable is used.

aliases: ec2_secret_key, secret_key
deploy_desc Default:
Automatic deployment by Ansible.
Description of the deployment - recorded and visible in the AWS console.
Url to use to connect to EC2 or your Eucalyptus cloud (by default the module will use EC2 endpoints). Ignored for modules where region is required. Must be specified for all other modules if region is not used. If not set then the value of the EC2_URL environment variable, if any, is used.
(added in 1.6)
Uses a boto profile. Only works with boto >= 2.24.0.
The AWS region to use. If not specified then the value of the AWS_REGION or EC2_REGION environment variable, if any, is used. See

aliases: aws_region, ec2_region
(added in 1.6)
AWS STS security token. If not set then the value of the AWS_SECURITY_TOKEN or EC2_SECURITY_TOKEN environment variable is used.

aliases: access_token
The name of the stage the API should be deployed to.
  • present ←
  • absent
NOT IMPLEMENTED Create or delete API - currently we always create.
Swagger definitions API ansible dictionary which will be converted to JSON and uploaded.
JSON or YAML file containing swagger definitions for API. Exactly one of swagger_file, swagger_text or swagger_dict must be present.
Swagger definitions for API in JSON or YAML as a string direct from playbook.

(added in 1.5)
  • no
  • yes ←
When set to "no", SSL certificates will not be validated for boto versions >= 2.6.0.



  • A future version of this module will probably use tags or another ID so that an API can be create only once.
  • As an early work around an intermediate version will probably do the same using a tag embedded in the API name.
  • If parameters are not set within the module, the following environment variables can be used in decreasing order of precedence AWS_URL or EC2_URL, AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID or AWS_ACCESS_KEY or EC2_ACCESS_KEY, AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY or AWS_SECRET_KEY or EC2_SECRET_KEY, AWS_SECURITY_TOKEN or EC2_SECURITY_TOKEN, AWS_REGION or EC2_REGION
  • Ansible uses the boto configuration file (typically ~/.boto) if no credentials are provided. See
  • AWS_REGION or EC2_REGION can be typically be used to specify the AWS region, when required, but this can also be configured in the boto config file


# Update API resources for development
- name: update API
    api_id: 'abc123321cba'
    state: present
    swagger_file: my_api.yml

# update definitions and deploy API to production
- name: deploy API
    api_id: 'abc123321cba'
    state: present
    swagger_file: my_api.yml
    stage: production
    deploy_desc: Make auth fix available.

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this module:

Key Returned Description
the data returned by put_restapi in boto3

{'data': {'id': 'abc123321cba', 'name': 'MY REST API', 'createdDate': 1484233401}}


This module is flagged as preview which means that it is not guaranteed to have a backwards compatible interface.


  • Michael De La Rue (@mikedlr)


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