Amazon Web Services Connection

The Amazon Web Services connection type enables the AWS Integrations.

Authenticating to AWS

Authentication may be performed using any of the boto3 options. Alternatively, one can pass credentials in as a Connection initialisation parameter.

To use IAM instance profile, create an "empty" connection (i.e. one with no Login or Password specified, or aws://).

Default Connection IDs

The default connection ID is aws_default. If the environment/machine where you are running Airflow has the file credentials in /home/.aws/, and the default connection has user and pass fields empty, it will take automatically the credentials from there.


Previously, the aws_default connection had the "extras" field set to {"region_name": "us-east-1"} on install. This means that by default the aws_default connection used the us-east-1 region. This is no longer the case and the region needs to be set manually, either in the connection screens in Airflow, or via the AWS_DEFAULT_REGION environment variable.

Configuring the Connection

Login (optional)

Specify the AWS access key ID used for the initial connection. If you do an assume_role by specifying a role_arn in the Extra field, then temporary credentials will be used for subsequent calls to AWS.

Password (optional)

Specify the AWS secret access key used for the initial connection. If you do an assume_role by specifying a role_arn in the Extra field, then temporary credentials will be used for subsequent calls to AWS.

Extra (optional)

Specify the extra parameters (as json dictionary) that can be used in AWS connection. The following parameters are all optional:

  • aws_session_token: AWS session token used for the initial connection if you use external credentials. You are responsible for renewing these.

  • role_arn: If specified, then an assume_role will be done to this role.

  • aws_account_id: Used to construct role_arn if it was not specified.

  • aws_iam_role: Used to construct role_arn if it was not specified.

  • assume_role_kwargs: Additional kwargs passed to assume_role.

  • host: Endpoint URL for the connection.

  • region_name: AWS region for the connection.

  • external_id: AWS external ID for the connection (deprecated, rather use assume_role_kwargs).

  • config_kwargs: Additional kwargs used to construct a botocore.config.Config passed to boto3.client and boto3.resource.

  • session_kwargs: Additional kwargs passed to boto3.session.Session.

  • profile: If you are getting your credentials from the credentials file, you can specify the profile with this.

If you are configuring the connection via a URI, ensure that all components of the URI are URL-encoded.


Using instance profile:

This will use boto's default credential look-up chain (the profile named "default" from the ~/.boto/ config files, and instance profile when running inside AWS)

With a AWS IAM key pair:

Note here, that the secret access key has been URL-encoded (changing / to %2F), and also the trailing @ (without which, it is treated as <host>:<port> and will not work)

Examples for the Extra field

  1. Using ~/.aws/credentials and ~/.aws/config file, with a profile.

This assumes all other Connection fields eg Login are empty.

  "session_kwargs": {
    "profile_name": "my_profile"
  1. Specifying a role_arn to assume and a region_name

  "role_arn": "arn:aws:iam::112223334444:role/my_role",
  "region_name": "ap-southeast-2"
  1. Configuring an outbound HTTP proxy

  "config_kwargs": {
    "proxies": {
      "http": "http://myproxy.mycompany.local:8080",
      "https": "http://myproxy.mycompany.local:8080"
  1. Using AssumeRoleWithSAML

      "headers":{"Accept": "text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8"},
    "idp_request_retry_kwargs": {
      "total": 10,
      "status_forcelist": [400, 429, 500, 502, 503, 504]
  "assume_role_kwargs": { "something":"something" }

The following settings may be used within the assume_role_with_saml container in Extra.

  • principal_arn: The ARN of the SAML provider created in IAM that describes the identity provider.

  • idp_url: The URL to your IDP endpoint, which provides SAML Assertions.

  • idp_auth_method: Specify "http_spegno_auth" to use the Python requests_gssapi library. This library is more up to date than requests_kerberos and is backward compatible. See requests_gssapi documentation on PyPI.

  • mutual_authentication: Can be "REQUIRED", "OPTIONAL" or "DISABLED". See requests_gssapi documentation on PyPI.

  • idp_request_kwargs: Additional kwargs passed to requests when requesting from the IDP (over HTTP/S).

  • idp_request_retry_kwargs: Additional kwargs to construct a urllib3.util.Retry used as a retry strategy when requesting from the IDP. See the urllib3 documentation for more details.

  • log_idp_response: Useful for debugging - if specified, print the IDP response content to the log. Note that a successful response will contain sensitive information!

  • saml_response_xpath: How to query the IDP response using XML / HTML xpath.

  • assume_role_kwargs: Additional kwargs passed to sts_client.assume_role_with_saml.


The requests_gssapi library is used to obtain a SAML response from your IDP. You may need to pip uninstall python-gssapi and pip install gssapi instead for this to work. The python-gssapi library is outdated, and conflicts with some versions of paramiko which Airflow uses elsewhere.

Google Cloud to AWS authentication using Web Identity Federation

Thanks to Web Identity Federation, you can use the credentials from the Google Cloud platform to authorize access in the Amazon Web Service platform. If you additionally use authorizations with access token obtained from metadata server or Workload Identity, you can improve the security of your environment by eliminating long-lived credentials.

The Google Cloud credentials is exchanged for the Amazon Web Service temporary credentials by AWS Security Token Service.

The following diagram illustrates a typical communication flow used to obtain the AWS credentials.


Communication Flow Diagram

Role setup

In order for a Google identity to be recognized by AWS, you must configure roles in AWS.

You can do it by using the role wizard or by using the Terraform.

Role wizard

To create an IAM role for web identity federation:

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the IAM console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Roles and then choose Create role.

  3. Choose the Web identity role type.

  4. For Identity provider, choose the Google.

  5. Type the service account email address (in the form <NAME>@<PROJECT_ID> into the Audience box.

  6. Review your web identity information and then choose Next: Permissions.

  7. Select the policy to use for the permissions policy or choose Create policy to open a new browser tab and create a new policy from scratch. For more information, see Creating IAM Policy.

  8. Choose Next: Tags.

  9. (Optional) Add metadata to the role by attaching tags as key–value pairs. For more information about using tags in IAM, see Tagging IAM users and roles.

  10. Choose Next: Review.

  11. For Role name, type a role name. Role names must be unique within your AWS account.

  12. (Optional) For Role description, type a description for the new role.

  13. Review the role and then choose Create role.

For more information, see: Creating a role for web identity or OpenID connect federation (console)

Finally, you should get a role that has a similar policy to the one below:

  "Version": "2012-10-17",
  "Statement": [
      "Effect": "Allow",
      "Principal": {
        "Federated": ""
      "Action": "sts:AssumeRoleWithWebIdentity",
      "Condition": {
        "StringEquals": {
          "": "<NAME>@<PROJECT_ID>"

In order to protect against the misuse of the Google OpenID token, you can also limit the scope of use by configuring restrictions per audience. You will need to configure the same value for the connection, and then this value also included in the ID Token. AWS will test if this value matches. For that, you can add a new condition to the policy.

  "Condition": {
    "StringEquals": {
      "": "<NAME>@<PROJECT_ID>",
      "": ""

After creating the role, you should configure the connection in Airflow.


In order to quickly configure a new role, you can use the following Terraform script, which configures AWS roles along with the assigned policy. Before using it, you need correct the variables in the locals section to suit your environment:

  • google_service_account - The email address of the service account that will have permission to use this role

  • google_openid_audience - Constant value that is configured in the Airflow role and connection. It prevents misuse of the Google ID token.

  • aws_role_name - The name of the new AWS role.

  • aws_policy_name - The name of the new AWS policy.

For more information on using Terraform scripts, see: Terraform docs - Get started - AWS

After executing the plan, you should configure the connection in Airflow.

Connection setup

In order to use a Google identity, field "assume_role_method" must be "assume_role_with_web_identity" and field "assume_role_with_web_identity_federation" must be "google" in the extra section of the connection setup. It also requires that you set up roles in the "role_arn" field. Optionally, you can limit the use of the Google Open ID token by configuring the "assume_role_with_web_identity_federation_audience" field. The value of these fields must match the value configured in the role.

Airflow will establish Google's credentials based on the Application Default Credentials.

Below is an example connection configuration.

  "role_arn": "arn:aws:iam::240057002457:role/WebIdentity-Role",
  "assume_role_method": "assume_role_with_web_identity",
  "assume_role_with_web_identity_federation": "google",
  "assume_role_with_web_identity_federation_audience": ""

You can configure connection, also using environmental variable AIRFLOW_CONN_{CONN_ID}.


Using IAM Roles for Service Accounts (IRSA) on EKS

If you are running Airflow on Amazon EKS, you can grant AWS related permission (such as S3 Read/Write for remote logging) to the Airflow service by granting the IAM role to it's service account. To activate this, the following steps must be followed:

  1. Create an IAM OIDC Provider on EKS cluster.

  2. Create an IAM Role and Policy to attach to the Airflow service account with web identity provider created at 1.

  3. Add the corresponding IAM Role to the Airflow service account as an annotation.

Then you can find AWS_ROLE_ARN and AWS_WEB_IDENTITY_TOKEN_FILE in environment variables of appropriate pods that Amazon EKS Pod Identity Web Hook added. Then boto3 will configure credentials using those variables.

In order to use IRSA in Airflow, you have to create an aws connection with all fields empty. If a field such as role-arn is set, Airflow does not follow the boto3 default flow because it manually create a session using connection fields. If you did not change the default connection ID, an empty AWS connection named aws_default would be enough.

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