Scheduled Job

List of all available properties for a 'Scheduled Job' manifest. To learn about Copilot jobs, see the Jobs concept page.

Sample manifest for a report generator cronjob
# Your job name will be used in naming your resources like log groups, ECS Tasks, etc.
name: report-generator
type: Scheduled Job

  schedule: @daily
cpu: 256
memory: 512
retries: 3
timeout: 1h

  # Path to your service's Dockerfile.
  build: ./Dockerfile

  LOG_LEVEL: info

# You can override any of the values defined above by environment.
    cpu: 2048               # Larger CPU value for prod environment 
    memory: 4096

name String
The name of your job.

type String
The architecture type for your job. Currently, Copilot only supports the "Scheduled Job" type for tasks that are triggered either on a fixed schedule or periodically.

on Map
The configuration for the event that triggers your job.

on.schedule String
You can specify a rate to periodically trigger your job. Supported rates:

  • "@yearly"
  • "@monthly"
  • "@weekly"
  • "@daily"
  • "@hourly"
  • "@every {duration}" (For example, "1m", "5m")
  • "rate({duration})" based on CloudWatch's rate expressions

Alternatively, you can specify a cron schedule if you'd like to trigger the job at a specific time:

image Map
The image section contains parameters relating to the Docker build configuration. String or Map
If you specify a string, Copilot interprets it as the path to your Dockerfile. It will assume that the dirname of the string you specify should be the build context. The manifest:

  build: path/to/dockerfile
will result in the following call to docker build: $ docker build --file path/to/dockerfile path/to

You can also specify build as a map:

    dockerfile: path/to/dockerfile
    context: context/dir
    target: build-stage
      - image:tag
      key: value
In this case, Copilot will use the context directory you specified and convert the key-value pairs under args to --build-arg overrides. The equivalent docker build call will be: $ docker build --file path/to/dockerfile --target build-stage --cache-from image:tag --build-arg key=value context/dir.

You can omit fields and Copilot will do its best to understand what you mean. For example, if you specify context but not dockerfile, Copilot will run Docker in the context directory and assume that your Dockerfile is named "Dockerfile." If you specify dockerfile but no context, Copilot assumes you want to run Docker in the directory that contains dockerfile.

All paths are relative to your workspace root.

image.location String
Instead of building a container from a Dockerfile, you can specify an existing image name. Mutually exclusive with The location field follows the same definition as the image parameter in the Amazon ECS task definition.

An optional key/value map of Docker labels to add to the container.

An optional key/value map of Container Dependencies to add to the container. The key of the map is a container name and the value is the condition to depend on. Valid conditions are: start, healthy, complete, and success. You cannot specify a complete or success dependency on an essential container.


Container health checks for sidecars are not currently supported in Copilot. This means that healthy is not a valid sidecar dependency condition.

For example:

  build: ./Dockerfile
    nginx: start
    startup: success
In the above example, the task's main container will only start after the nginx sidecar has started and the startup container has completed successfully.

entrypoint String or Array of Strings
Override the default entrypoint in the image.

# String version.
entrypoint: "/bin/entrypoint --p1 --p2"
# Alteratively, as an array of strings.
entrypoint: ["/bin/entrypoint", "--p1", "--p2"]

command String or Array of Strings
Override the default command in the image.

# String version.
command: ps au
# Alteratively, as an array of strings.
command: ["ps", "au"]

cpu Integer
Number of CPU units for the task. See the Amazon ECS docs for valid CPU values.

memory Integer
Amount of memory in MiB used by the task. See the Amazon ECS docs for valid memory values.

platform String
Operating system and architecture (formatted as [os]/[arch]) to pass with docker build --platform.

retries Integer
The number of times to retry the job before failing.

timeout Duration
How long the job should run before it aborts and fails. You can use the units: h, m, or s.

network Map
The network section contains parameters for connecting to AWS resources in a VPC.

network.vpc Map
Subnets and security groups attached to your tasks.

network.vpc.placement String
Must be one of 'public' or 'private'. Defaults to launching your tasks in public subnets.


If you launch tasks in 'private' subnets and use a Copilot-generated VPC, Copilot will automatically add NAT Gateways to your environment for internet connectivity. (See pricing.) Alternatively, when running copilot env init, you can import an existing VPC with NAT Gateways, or one with VPC endpoints for isolated workloads. See our custom environment resources page for more.

network.vpc.security_groups Array of Strings
Additional security group IDs associated with your tasks. Copilot always includes a security group so containers within your environment can communicate with each other.

variables Map
Key-value pairs that represent environment variables that will be passed to your job. Copilot will include a number of environment variables by default for you.

secrets Map
Key-value pairs that represent secret values from AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store that will be securely passed to your job as environment variables.

storage Map
The Storage section lets you specify external EFS volumes for your containers and sidecars to mount. This allows you to access persistent storage across regions for data processing or CMS workloads. For more detail, see the storage page.

storage.volumes Map
Specify the name and configuration of any EFS volumes you would like to attach. The volumes field is specified as a map of the form:

  <volume name>:
    path: "/etc/mountpath"

storage.volumes.volume Map
Specify the configuration of a volume.

volume.path String
Required. Specify the location in the container where you would like your volume to be mounted. Must be fewer than 242 characters and must consist only of the characters a-zA-Z0-9.-_/.

volume.read_only Boolean
Optional. Defaults to true. Defines whether the volume is read-only or not. If false, the container is granted elasticfilesystem:ClientWrite permissions to the filesystem and the volume is writable.

volume.efs Map
Specify more detailed EFS configuration. String
Required. The ID of the filesystem you would like to mount.

volume.efs.root_dir String
Optional. Defaults to /. Specify the location in the EFS filesystem you would like to use as the root of your volume. Must be fewer than 255 characters and must consist only of the characters a-zA-Z0-9.-_/. If using an access point, root_dir must be either empty or / and auth.iam must be true.

volume.efs.auth Map
Specify advanced authorization configuration for EFS.

volume.efs.auth.iam Boolean
Optional. Defaults to true. Whether or not to use IAM authorization to determine whether the volume is allowed to connect to EFS.

volume.efs.auth.access_point_id String
Optional. Defaults to "". The ID of the EFS access point to connect to. If using an access point, root_dir must be either empty or / and auth.iam must be true.

logging Map
The logging section contains log configuration parameters for your container's FireLens log driver (see examples here).

logging.image Map
Optional. The Fluent Bit image to use. Defaults to amazon/aws-for-fluent-bit:latest.

logging.destination Map
Optional. The configuration options to send to the FireLens log driver.

logging.enableMetadata Map
Optional. Whether to include ECS metadata in logs. Defaults to true.

logging.secretOptions Map
Optional. The secrets to pass to the log configuration.

logging.configFilePath Map
Optional. The full config file path in your custom Fluent Bit image.

publish Map
The publish section allows services to publish messages to one or more SNS topics.

    - name: order-events

In the example above, this manifest declares an SNS topic named order-events that other worker services which are deployed to the Copilot environment can subscribe to.

publish.topics Array of topics
List of topic objects.

publish.topics.topic Map
Holds configuration for a single SNS topic. String
Required. The name of the SNS topic. Must contain only upper and lowercase letters, numbers, hyphens, and underscores.

environments Map
The environment section lets you override any value in your manifest based on the environment you're in. In the example manifest above, we're overriding the CPU parameter so that our production container is more performant.