So I'm writing a load of infrastructure automation stuff atm, mainly revolving around Cloudformation, and I have a wrapper/framework tool that I'm using to manage the CF deploys (Sceptre). I've run up against a task that is not supported by CF, but is necessary for task completion and I'm tired of adding in manual intervention steps halfway through tasks. So what I'd like is a way to trigger commands when a specific command is run. For example:

sceptre create-stack example mystack

And I have an aws cli command to trigger when someone runs this.

aws module command --option=lol


EDIT: If someone has a linux native way of doing it, please provide it, I'd like to understand the multiple ways I could have completed this task.

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    Make a script that contains all these commands. Run that instead. Or extend the capability of Sceptre. It's Python, so you can just change it. – HackSlash Apr 18 '18 at 21:47
  • @HackSlash I get what you mean but that's doing what I don't want to do. I want other users to be able to use the framework without having to do context switches for different tasks, always feels like the fastest way to errors. – John Von Neumann Apr 18 '18 at 21:55

So I've found a way to do it actually, but it's not much of a superuser answer, so if mods want to delete, move or whatever this answer/question, feel free.

Using an AWS Lambda function in a custom resource

With Lambda functions and custom resources, you can run custom code in response to stack events (create, update, and delete). The following custom resource invokes a Lambda function and sends it the StackName property as input. The function uses this property to get outputs from the appropriate stack.


"MyCustomResource" : {
  "Type" : "Custom::TestLambdaCrossStackRef",
  "Properties" : {
    "ServiceToken": { "Fn::Join": [ "", [ "arn:aws:lambda:", { "Ref": "AWS::Region" }, ":", { "Ref": "AWS::AccountId" }, ":function:", {"Ref" : "LambdaFunctionName"} ] ] },
    "StackName": {
      "Ref": "NetworkStackName"


  Type: "Custom::TestLambdaCrossStackRef"
      !Sub |
      Ref: "NetworkStackName"
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And I'm ashamed to say I found another way to do it, why didn't I just RTFM? So this is actually a way native to Sceptre.

Hooks allows the ability for custom commands to be run when Sceptre actions occur.

A hook is executed at a particular hook point when Sceptre is run.

If required, users can create their own hooks, as described in the section Custom Hooks. Hook points

before_create or after_create - run hook before or after stack creation.

before_update or after_update - run hook before or after stack update.

before_delete or after_delete - run hook before or after stack deletion.


Hooks are specified in a stack’s config file, using the following syntax:

        - !command_type command 1
        - !command_type command 2
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