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General Issues

This section of the troubleshooting guide explains how to determine, diagnose, and fix common issues you might encounter during the deployment process.

Invalid project path provided

Why is this happening: The CLI deployment command takes in an optional --project-path option.

For example:

dotnet aws deploy --project-path <PATH>

The deployment process would fail if an invalid --project-path is provided.

Resolution: The --project-path can be absolute or relative to the current working directory and must be one of the following:

  • A file path pointing to a *.csproj or *.fsproj file.
  • A directory path that contains a *.csproj or *.fsproj file.

If a --project-path option is not provided, then AWS.Deploy.Tools will look for a *.csproj or *.fsproj file in the current working directory.

Failed to find compatible deployment recommendations

Why is this happening: Behind the scenes, AWS.Deploy.Tools uses a recipe configuration file to provide an opinionated deployment experience. See here to learn more about recipes.

Recipe configurations target different AWS services and there may be incompatibilities between the chosen recipe and your .NET application.

Another reason why there are no recommendations generated is if your application's .csproj file is using a variable for the TargetFramework property. For example:

<Project Sdk="Microsoft.NET.Sdk.Web">

No recommendations will be generated for the above .csproj file. This is a bug which we will address: GitHub issue.

Meanwhile, please provide explicit values for the TargetFramework property.

Resolution: If you think that your project is not correctly recognized by our tool and no recommendations are generated, then file a GitHub issue describing your project and also providing relevant details about your .csproj or .fsproj file. This will help us understand and narrow down the gaps in our recommendation engine and customer use cases.

Why is this happening: AWS.Deploy.Tools allows for prompt-less deployments using a JSON configuration file. This workflow can easily be plugged into your CI/CD pipeline for automated deployments.

If a deployment failure occurs while using a configuration file, It is possible that the configuration file has the wrong definition or the wrong format.

Resolution: Kindly ensure that the JSON configuration file has the correct JSON syntax. See here for an example of a valid JSON configuration file.

Insufficient IAM Permissions

Why is this happening: Access to AWS is governed by IAM policies. They are a group of permissions which determine whether the request to an AWS resource/service is allowed or denied.

AWS.Deploy.Tools, internally uses a variety of different services to host your .NET application on AWS. If you encounter an error saying user is not authorized to perform action because no identity based policies allow it, that means you need to add the corresponding permission to the IAM policy that is used by the current IAM role/user.

Note: Exact wording for an insufficient permissions related errors may differ from the above

Resolution: You can refer to the official AWS documentation on IAM policies:

  • See here for a tutorial on how to create customer managed IAM policies.
  • See here for troubleshooting IAM policies.

Deployment failure due to whitespace character in USERPROFILE path

Why is this happening: This happens due to a know issue with the AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK). The CDK is used by AWS.Deploy.Tools under the covers and it cannot cannot access the $TEMP directory inside the $USERPROFILE path if it contains a whitespace character.

Resolution: See here for guidance on setting a custom workspace that will be used by AWS.Deploy.Tools.

A common error that is displayed for CDK Bootstrap related deployment failures is the following:

The AWS CDK Bootstrap, which is the process of provisioning initial resources for the deployment environment, has failed. Please review the output above for additional details [and check out our troubleshooting guide for the most common failure reasons]. You can learn more about CDK bootstrapping at

The AWS Deploy Tool for .NET uses AWS CDK to create the AWS infrastructure needed to deploy your application. The AWS CDK is a framework for defining cloud infrastructure in code and provisioning it through AWS CloudFormation.

Deploying AWS CDK apps into an AWS environment (a combination of an AWS account and region) requires that you provision resources the AWS CDK needs to perform the deployment. These resources include an Amazon S3 bucket for storing files and IAM roles that grant permissions needed to perform deployments. The process of provisioning these initial resources is called bootstrapping.

The required resources are defined in a AWS CloudFormation stack, called the bootstrap stack, which is usually named CDKToolkit. Like any AWS CloudFormation stack, it appears in the AWS CloudFormation console once it has been deployed.

There could be several reasons why you are experiencing this issue. However, the most common ones are related to Insufficient IAM Permissions and an Existing CDK Staging Bucket.

Insufficient IAM Permission: CDKBoostrap failed because your profile does not have sufficient permissions to create the boostrap stack. Check the log - in this case, you should see an error that looks something like this:

LookupRole API: iam:GetRole User: arn:aws:iam::123456789101:user/user is not authorized to perform: iam:GetRole on resource

Resolution: Add missing IAM permissions to your profile. See our documentation for recommended IAM policies for each deployment type.

Existing CDKToolkit S3 bucket: In rare cases, it is possible for the CDK Boostrap process to not clean the resources properly after the failed deployment. This causes the next deployment to fail as well, because the S3 bucket already exists. The error could look something like:

StagingBucket cdk-hnb659fds-assets-123456789101-us-west-2 already exists

Resolution: Open the AWS Console, go to S3 service, and manually delete the 'CDKToolkit' S3 bucket. Once the bucket is deleted, go ahead and deploy your application.