Install Node.js and TypeScript:

# Using Ubuntu
curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

# Install TypeScrypt
sudo npm -g install typescript

Install/update CDK:

# If you regularly work with multiple versions of the AWS CDK, you may want to install a matching version of the AWS CDK Toolkit in individual CDK projects.
# To do this, omit -g from the npm install command.
# Then use npx cdk to invoke it; this will run the local version if one exists, falling back to a global version if not.

sudo npm install -g aws-cdk

## Update
# sudo npm update -g aws-cdk

cdk --version


CLI base commands -

Create first app:

mkdir my-app-name
cd my-app-name

# will be used dir name as prefix for stack name
cdk init app --language typescript

  # app (default) - Creates an empty AWS CDK app.
  # sample-app    - Creates an AWS CDK app with a stack containing an Amazon SQS queue and an Amazon SNS topic.

Add env props into your bin/my-app-name.ts code to make it possible to deploy stack into different account/regions changing ENV VARS:

const stack = new MyAppNameStack(app, 'MyAppNameStack', {
    env: {
        account: process.env.CDK_DEPLOY_ACCOUNT || process.env.CDK_DEFAULT_ACCOUNT,
        region: process.env.CDK_DEPLOY_REGION || process.env.CDK_DEFAULT_REGION

Set versionReporting to false in ./cdk.json or ~/.cdk.json. This opts out unless you opt in by specifying –version-reporting on an individual command.

“app”: “…”, “versionReporting”: false



# Build JS from TS
npm run build

# List stacks
cdk ls/list
  # --long - Shows additional inforamtion (account, region, id, etc.)

# Get diff between code and infrastructure
cdk diff

# Compare cdk app with CF stack template
cdk diff --template ~/stacks/MyStack.old MyStack

# Synthesize CF template and print to stdout
cdk synth

# Specify multiple context values (any number)
cdk synth --context key1=value1 --context key2=value2 MyStack

# Different context values for each stack
cdk synth --context Stack1:key=value Stack2:key=value Stack1 Stack2

# Checks your CDK project for potential problems
cdk doctor

# Bootstrap toolkit CF stack
cdk bootstrap

# To use modern boostrap template

Deploy CF stacks:

# Deploy changes to AWS
cdk deploy [stack_name]
    --profile profile_name                                          # Set AWS profile
    --parameters param=value --parameters param=value               # Pass parameters to template
    --parameters Stack1:param=value --parameters Stack2:param=value # Pass parameters to templates

# Save output to a specific file
cdk deploy --outputs-file outputs.json [stack_name]

# Destroy CF stack
cdk destroy

Install/update modules:

# Install modules and add them to package.json
npm install @aws-cdk/aws-s3 @aws-cdk/aws-lambda
    -D  # option to add module to DevDependencies

# Update all modules to the latest permitted version according to the rules you specified in package.json
npm update


Run lambda locally in docker using SAM:

# SAM must be installed

cdk synth --no-staging > template.yaml
sam local invoke WidgetsWidgetHandler1BC9DB34 --no-event
# Where 'WidgetsWidgetHandler1BC9DB34' is a logical ID from CF template

# Invoke function with vars
# Create file tmp.json
    "WidgetsWidgetHandler1BC9DB34": {
      "BUCKET": "applambdastack-widgetswidgetstore0ed7fdb7-1oek5wz08wpnv"

echo '{"path": "/", "httpMethod": "GET" }' | sam local invoke WidgetsWidgetHandler1BC9DB34 --event - --env-vars tmp.json