aws console services

A powerful workflow for quickly opening up AWS Console Services in your browser or searching for entities within them.

Author: Ryan Koval
Last Updated: 21/10/20 06:08:28
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AWS Console Services – Alfred Workflow


A powerful workflow for quickly opening up AWS Console Services in your browser or searching for entities within them.

Supports Alfred 3 and 4

AWS Console Services - Alfred Workflow Demo


  • Download the latest release
  • Open the downloaded file in Finder
  • Make sure your AWS Credentials and Region are set in your ~/.aws/credentials and ~/.aws/config files, respectively. This workflow will use your default profile by default within these files. See the official AWS docs for more info on how to configure these
  • If running on macOS Catalina or later, you MUST add Alfred to the list of security exceptions for running unsigned software. See this guide for instructions on how to do this.
    • Yes, this sucks and is annoying, but there is unfortunately is no easy way around this. macOS requires a paying Developer account for proper app notarization. I’m afraid I’m not willing to pay a yearly subscription fee to Apple just so that this (free and open source) project doesn’t pester macOS Gatekeeper.


To use, activate Alfred and type aws to trigger this workflow. From there:

  • type any search term to search for services
  • if the current service result has a 🗂 in the subtitle, press Tab to autocomplete into sub-services (for example, navigate to “Security Groups” within the “EC2” service)
  • keep typing after autocompleting to filter sub-services
  • if the current sub-service result has a 🔎 in the subtitle, press Tab again to start searching for its entities (for example, you can search for EC2 Instances when tabbed to aws ec2 instances)

At any time:

  • press Enter to open the current result in your default browser
  • press +Enter to copy the result’s URL to clipboard.

Note that you must be logged in for the page to open directly to your service. See this config file for the full list of supported services and their sub-services and this file for the list of supported searchers.

Advanced Features

  • Fuzzy filtering a la Sublime Text is supported
  • Configurable workflow environment variables
    • Search alias – If a sub-service has a ⭐ in the subtitle, you can use , as an alias for it to more quickly search for that entity. For example, in this workflow, the EC2 service’s default entity is an EC2 instance, so aws ec2 ,searchterm is a shorter alias for aws ec2 instances searchterm. You can customize this alias by setting the ALFRED_AWS_CONSOLE_SERVICES_WORKFLOW_SEARCH_ALIAS environment variable to any other string.
    • Cache expiration age – Sub-service entity searching makes heavy use of caching to make filtering performant and to prevent handling big requests/responses to/from AWS on every execution. The cache expiration age for each entity is set to 3 minutes by default. If you find that this is too short/long for your usage, you can set the ALFRED_AWS_CONSOLE_SERVICES_WORKFLOW_MAX_CACHE_AGE_SECONDS environment variable to the number of seconds that better suits your need.
    • AWS settings – You can override any/all AWS configuration values which the underlying AWS library should respect.


See this README

Packaging for Release

See this README


  • “I’m seeing the following dialog when running the workflow”


    Per the installation steps, you MUST add Alfred to the list of Developer Tool exceptions for Alfred to run any workflow that contains an executable (like this one)