DeletionPolicy attribute in CloudFormation

In AWS CloudFormation, all resource types have a DeletionPolicy attribute with possible values of Delete, Retain and Snapshot. Setting it to Retain would save the resource from being deleted by mistake.

If no deletion policy is specified for a resource, the default value is Delete. It means the resource will be removed as part of the CloudFormation stack removal.

For resources with a Retain deletion policy, when the stack is deleted, AWS CloudFormation leaves the resource without deleting it.

However, it does NOT stop the resource from being deleted directly:

  • Programmatically, i.e. using AWS CLI tool.

With the DeletionPolicy attribute you can preserve or (in some cases) backup a resource when its stack is deleted. Resources that support Snapshot deletion policy include:

More information about Deletion Policy can be found at AWS documentation.

A example showing how to specify DeletionPolicy

"AWSTemplateFormatVersion" : "2010-09-09",
"Resources" : {
"myS3Bucket" : {
"Type" : "AWS::S3::Bucket",
"DeletionPolicy" : "Retain"

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