Change EC2 Instance Type Using Lambda Function

Change EC2 Instance Type Using Lambda Function

AWS Lambda

AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that lets you run code without provisioning or managing servers, creating workload-aware cluster scaling logic, maintaining event integrations, or managing runtimes.

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  • Here I Am Going to explain how to automate the AWS EC2 instance type at the scheduled times.

1.Create Policy

  • First we want to create the Policy to allow some attributes for EC2.

IAM Console -> Policy -> Create Policy ->Select Json Tab -> clear all an paste the above content.

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": [
            "Resource": "*"



Finally create the policy.

2.Create Role

  • Then we want to create the Role For Modify the instance type.
  • In the IAM Console Create Role.
  • Select the Lambda as use case and next.


  • Then attached the policy you created in previous step.


  • Then Give name and create.


3.Create Lambda Function.

  • In the Lambda Console create a function -> "Author from scratch" -> Select function name as Modify instance -> select Nodejs ==> Use an existing role ==> select our prvious created role



  • Configure The Lambda Function Code
  • Add the below content in index.js.
exports.handler = (event, context, callback) => {
    const { instanceId, instanceRegion, instanceType } = event;

    const ec2 = new AWS.EC2({ region: instanceRegion });

        .then(() => ec2.stopInstances({ InstanceIds: [instanceId] }).promise())
        .then(() => ec2.waitFor('instanceStopped', { InstanceIds: [instanceId] }).promise())
        .then(() => ec2.modifyInstanceAttribute({InstanceId: instanceId, InstanceType: { Value: instanceType } }).promise())
        .then(() => ec2.startInstances({ InstanceIds: [instanceId] }).promise())
        .then(() => callback(null, `Successfully modified ${event.instanceId} to ${event.instanceType}`))
        .catch(err => callback(err));


  • Then Configure test event.


Test events Content

  "instanceRegion": "ap-south-1",
  "instanceId": "i-07010f188bba51f72",
  "instanceType": "t2.micro"


In the below test event values as your needed value.

  • instance type (t2.micro)

  • instance id (i-07010f188bba51f72)

  • instanceRegion (ap-south-1)

  • In the general configuration change the function execution time to 5 mins.


4.Test the Function

  • Ok Now we will test the lambda function.
  • Just click the test button.


Yeahh its working perfectly.

5.Schedule the The lambda function

In the cloud watch console -> event -> Rules -> Create Rules -> cron expression -> Schedule : 45 11 ? *

In the targets select Lambda function -> Configure Input -> Constant test -> input the test event value and create rule.


I Have tested this its perfectly work for me and changed the instance type as per the scheduled.

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