How to provide tags for the stack in CloudFormation Template

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For billing purposes i want to use company specific Tags to the resources that i create in AWS . I am using a cloud formation template to spin up our Elastic Beanstalk instance and other resources. When I use the CloudFormation console to create a stack it asks me for Tags in the page after parameters. I have to manually input the Tags for that stack.

However is there a way to specify those Tags (Tags for the stack) with in the cloud formation template itself? That way the Tag gets propagated to the other resources?

Jul 27, 2018 in AWS by datageek
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In the template anatomy, you cant set stack-level tags directly. However you can create a wrapper template, having a single resource of AWS::CloudFormation::Stack.

You can define stack-level tags on that resource:

  "AWSTemplateFormatVersion": "2010-09-09",
  "Description": "WrapperTemplate",

  "Resources": {
    "WrappedStackWithStackLevelTags": {
      "Type" : "AWS::CloudFormation::Stack",
      "Properties" : {
        "Tags" : [ { "Key" : "Stage", "Value" : "QA" } ],
        "TemplateURL" : "your-original-template-s3-url"
answered Aug 13, 2018 by bug_seeker
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Is wrapper template going to be a main template and the original template going to be a nested template?

I tried to create a wrapper template as you suggested, then upload the wrapper template when update the stack from the Console, I got error that some resources such as LambdaExecutionRole, SNSTopic, LogGroup, ECSTaskRole etc cannot be created. 

My original template creates S3 bucket, Lambda function, SNSTopic, LogGroup etc.

Any idea is appreciated.

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