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The deployment of an artifact to AWS Elastic Beanstalk involves several major components as follows:

  • Application – a logical collection of Elastic Beanstalk components, including environments, versions [...] (see the next two)
  • Application Version – a specific, labeled iteration of deployable code for a web application
  • Environment – a version that is deployed onto AWS resources


The deployment workflow is illustrated by the diagram in What Is AWS Elastic Beanstalk?:

The binding between those components is established indirectly and comprises the following activities:

  1. create an application version for that application – see the Create Application Version action of the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Application Version task
  2. manage the environment, which implies going back to 3./4. and selecting one of two approaches for deploying a new application version (be it a newly created or a former one):
    1. update an environment by deploying a new application version that replaces the currently running one (usually via a rolling or immutable update), as outlined in Deploying Applications to AWS Elastic Beanstalk Environments – see the Update Environment action of the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Environment task 

    2. create a new environment, optionally swapping over to that one with zero downtime, as outlined in Blue/Green Deployments with AWS Elastic Beanstalk – see the Swap Environment CNAMEs action of the AWS Elastic Beanstalk Environment task

      titleAWS demotes CNAME swap

      If your application architecture and deployment scenario allow to use rolling or immutable updates, AWS nowadays recommends these more flexible approaches over a CNAME swap – refer to table Deployment Methods within Deploying Applications to AWS Elastic Beanstalk Environments for a comparison of available deployment methods.

Alternative workflow via CloudFormation

A typical workflow based on CloudFormation might look as follows:

  1. upload the application source code (the 'Source Bundle') – see the Upload File(s) action of the Amazon S3 Object task

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