Using the Start Systems Manager Automation Execution action


You can use the Start Systems Manager Automation Execution action with the following integrations:


The Start Systems Manager Automation Execution action requires sufficient IAM permissions - an adequate IAM policy similar to the one provisioned by the Automation with AWS (Core) CloudFormation template might look as follows:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 { "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Action": [ "ssm:StartAutomationExecution" ], "Resource": "*", "Effect": "Allow", "Sid": "SystemsManagerStartAutomationExecution" } ] }

 Refer to Using Identity-Based Policies (IAM Policies) for AWS Systems Manager for details on how to create more granular/secure policies.


To configure an Start Systems Manager Automation Execution action:

Complete the following settings:



Specify the action parameters according to the following skeleton in JSON format – refer to ssm . start-automation-execution for details:

You can inject contextual variables into the remote action payload, refer to Entity Variables for details.

Event Data for Systems Manager Automation

This is an opinionated example skeleton to illustrate operating AWS resources from Atlassian products – refer to the StartAutomationExecution API action for details on these and other available fields.

Put Systems Manager Parameter skeleton - Atlassian Workflow Event

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 {     "DocumentName": "AWS-PublishSNSNotification",     "Parameters": {         "TopicArn" : ["arn:aws:sns:eu-west-1:288727192237:aaws-quickstart-20170605-AutomationWithAWSQuickstartSNSTopic-12OFAKNZ2KKNR"], "Message": ["Automation with AWS (start automation execution): $event.simpleName with trace ID $event.traceId triggered at $event.timestamp and published indirectly via Systems Manager Automation."]     },     "Mode": "Auto" }

Entity Variables

You can inject contextual workflow variables with workflow entities into the remote action payload template – currently available entities are:


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