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A Clojure library for Amazon's Auth API, based on the official AWS Java SDK. Easily create and retrieve AWSCredentials from a multitude of sources.


Add the following dependency to your project.clj file:

[clj-aws-auth "0.1.0"]


(use 'aws.sdk.auth)
(def my-creds (get-credentials))

This will attempt to retrieve credentials using the default provider chain, which checks the following sources in order:

  • :environment - AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_KEY
  • :system-properties - aws.accessKeyId and aws.secretKey
  • :instance-profile - via the Amazon EC2 metadata service

If your credentials are available through one of these source then you're all set. Otherwise you'll get an com.amazonaws.AmazonClientException.

This is equivalent to (get-credentials :default-chain) and the same behavior can be achieved with.

(get-credentials :environment :system-properties :instance-profile)

Ideally this is all you'll ever need.

Other Sources

Credentials can be retrieved from a variety of sources. Implementations of AWSCredentialsProvider or AWSCredentials from the com.amazonaws.auth can be used directly or indicated as a keyword for convenience, see credentials-provider for a full list of supported keywords.

Clojure maps and functions can also be used as credentials sources, opening up additional possibilities. Here's a simple example:

(use 'aws.sdk.auth)

(defn creds-fn [] (credentials {:access-key "foo" :secret-key "bar"}))

(get-credentials creds-fn)

Here's a more realistic example, which will read your credentials from a gpg encrypted file, assuming you already have gpg installed and setup.

(use '

(defn gpg-creds [file]
  (let [{:keys [out exit]} (sh "gpg" "--quiet" "--batch" "--decrypt" (str file))]
    (when (pos? exit) (credentials (read-string out)))))

(get-credentials (partial gpg-creds "aws-credentials.clj.gpg"))



Copyright © 2013 Kevin Neaton

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