Attini quick start

Attini is free to use, however the underlying serverless AWS resources could generate a small cost if you exceed the AWS free tier.

In this guide we will:

  1. Install the Attini CLI

  2. Onboard the Attini Framework

  3. Create a hello-word Attini project

  4. Create an Attini distribution from the project

  5. Deploy the Attini distribution to stage

  6. Deploy the Attini distribution to production

Before you start, you need an AWS Account and the AWS CLI (with configured credentials). Attini uses your existing AWS credentials so you have to be logged in.


The Attini Framework will get configuration appropriate for a Sandbox environment. To do a proper installation, please see installing the Attini CLI and Install the Attini Framework.

Get started

Verify your AWS Credentials

aws sts get-caller-identity

Create a working directory

mkdir -p attini-hello-world
cd attini-hello-world

The next step is to install the Attini CLI and the Attini Framework


Install the Attini CLI

The Attini CLI is available for macOS and Linux. For Windows users, we recommend WSL or a virtual machine.

Download the CLI

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL"

Click here for more information about the Attini CLI installation.

See the CLI options with the help command

attini --help

Or go to our CLI API documentation.

Onboard the Attini Framework

This step takes about 4 min.

attini setup --accept-license-agreement --create-deployment-plan-default-role --create-init-deploy-default-role


If you get the error Text {date} could not be parsed at index 19 please see our common issues.

For more information about the options, please see Install the Attini Framework.

Initiate and deploy a project

The hello-world project (when deployed) will create an AWS SSM Parameter, a Lambda function that reads the Parameter, and an API Gateway that triggers the Lambda. The SSM parameter will contain different values depending on what environment the project is deployed to. This is because of how the attini-config.yaml is configured.

Solution architecture


Deploy process


Initiate a hello-world project

attini init-project hello-world

Create a distribution from the project

attini distribution package .

Find more information about attini distribution package here.

Register the stage environment with Attini

attini environment create stage --env-type test

This command tells Attini that it’s ok to deploy to stage in this AWS Account and Region. The --env-type test flag tells Attini that this is a test environment so we will not prompt for deployment conformations. Find more information about Attini environments here.

Deploy your Attini distribution to stage

attini deploy run attini_dist/ -e stage

Attini will now run the init deployment and execute the deployment plan.

Test the endpoint

STAGE_ENDPOINT=$(aws cloudformation describe-stacks --stack-name stage-hello-world-lambda --query 'Stacks[0].Outputs[?OutputKey==`Endpoint`].OutputValue' --output text)

This script reads the CloudFormation output from our ${environment}-hello-world-lambda stack which contains our API Gateways endpoint. Then it prints the endpoint (URL) and calls it using curl.

Deploy to production

Now we want to create a new environment (in this example we create a production environment) and deploy the same distribution to it.


So we will run the same commands as we did above, but with the environment name production:

attini environment create production
attini deploy run attini_dist/ -e production

Test the endpoint

PRODUCTION_ENDPOINT=$(aws cloudformation describe-stacks --stack-name production-hello-world-lambda --query 'Stacks[0].Outputs[?OutputKey==`Endpoint`].OutputValue' --output text)

Check your deployments

Now that we deployed the same distribution to two different environments we can use the context command to get an overview of our different environments:

attini environment context

The output should look something like this:

attiniVersion: "X.X.X"
account: "111111111111"
user: "arn:aws:sts::111111111111:assumed-role/role-name/xxxxxxxx"
region: "eu-west-1"
- environmentName: "prod"
  - name: "hello-world"
    distributionId: "YYYY-MM-DD_HH:MM:SS"
    - name: "AttiniDeploymentPlanSfnHelloWorldDeploymentPlan-xxxxxxxxxxxx"
      lastStatus: "SUCCEEDED"
      lastExecutionStart: "2022-01-01 01:01:01"
- environmentName: "stage"
  - name: "hello-world"
    distributionId: "YYYY-MM-DD_HH:MM:SS"
    - name: "AttiniDeploymentPlanSfnHelloWorldDeploymentPlan-xxxxxxxxxxxx"
      lastStatus: "SUCCEEDED"
      lastExecutionStart: "2022-01-01 01:05:01"

You can easily see:

  1. What environments you have in this AWS Account and Region.

  2. What distributions you have in every environment.

  3. The distribution id tells us if the environments are on the same version.

Conclusion and next steps

  • We have created a straightforward hello-world example using Attini and deployed it to two different environments.

  • It was then very easy to compare the configuration of our environments using the attini environment context command.

  • To do this, Attini only used your AWS credentials, and the deployment was done using serverless resources inside of your AWS Account, removing any dependency on a central CI/CD tool.

  • Your current CI/CD tools are easily extended with Attini, you just have to install the Attini CLI on your worker nodes.

  • The Attini way of working provides many advantages, so please keep on experimenting!

  • If you need any support or have feedback, please send us an email at

Clean up

Below is a script that will delete everything from the guide above. If you have added your own stacks or deployed to other environments, please adjust the script accordantly.

attini environment remove stage
attini environment remove production
aws cloudformation delete-stack --stack-name stage-hello-world-lambda
aws cloudformation delete-stack --stack-name stage-hello-world-parameter
aws cloudformation delete-stack --stack-name stage-hello-world-deployment-plan
aws cloudformation delete-stack --stack-name production-hello-world-lambda
aws cloudformation delete-stack --stack-name production-hello-world-parameter
aws cloudformation delete-stack --stack-name production-hello-world-deployment-plan

aws ssm delete-parameters --names /attini/distributions/stage/hello-world/latest /attini/distributions/production/hello-world/latest

To remove the Attini Framework please see Deleting/Clean up the Attini Framework.

To uninstall the Attini CLI please see Uninstall the Attini CLI.