Atlassian-labs/peerd AWS VPC Peering tool. Create full VPC meshes easily


peerd is an AWS VPC Peering Connection management tool. It manages the full lifecycle of creation, deletion and route table updates needed to make VPC peerings useful. USA Patent Pending 15/788,229.

./ --help
usage: [-h] [--debug] --config CONFIG --environment ENVIRONMENT

AWS VPC Peering Management Tool

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --debug               Set log-level to DEBUG
  --config CONFIG, -c CONFIG
                        Path to configuration file
                        Only execute the script on this environment
  --dryrun, -d          Only check for peerings which might be created or deleted. No changes made to mesh.


  • Capable of creating and accepting cross-account VPC peerings.
  • Capable of creating and accepting cross-region VPC peerings.
  • Injects, repairs and removes routes as needed from VPC routing tables.
  • Overlapping meshes supported through the use of different environment names in configuration file.


Route Tables

  • peerd will only manage routes in route tables with the tag peerd_eligible:true
  • Route tables must be tagged with Key: peerd_eligible Value: true


peerd will assume a role with the same principal name in each account it needs to perform work in.

Setup / Installation

# Install python 3.8 or higher if needed
brew install python@3.8

# Verify version
$ python3 --version
Python 3.8.1

# Verify python path (may be different if using brew)
$ which python3

# Create a virtual environment
mkvirtualenv peerd -p python3

# Activate virtual environment
workon peerd

# Install requirements
pip install -r requirements.txt

Configuration file

Metadata block


VPC blocks

  • myfirstenvironment: Used to deduplicate VPC peerings and allow overlaping meshes.
  • account_id: The account id where this VPC exists.
  • vpc_id: The VPC which will be part of the VPC peering mesh.
  • region: The AWS region where the VPC exists.
  • note: Freeform. Not used for anything.
  • cidr_overrides: Override the discovered CIDRs associated with this VPC when installing on remote sides of peerings. Useful if you only want to share a slice of a VPC CIDR range(s).
  • peering_tags: Any custom tags you wish peerd to apply to the VPC peering connections it creates.


In the following example, VPCs across multiple regions and accounts will be peered together into a two overlapping meshes. Route tables in each VPC with tag peerd_eligible:true on said route tables will be updated. Unassumable account numbers, principals and non-existent VPCs will be skipped.

  resource_owner: myname
  business_unit: PaaS
  service_name: peerd
  common_principal_name: peerd-bot
  role_session_name: peerd
    - account_id: '415433457294'
      vpc_id: vpc-bi37c2c47
      region: ap-southeast-2
      note: peerd test vpc1
        my_custom_taga: '0'
    - account_id: '415433457294'
      vpc_id: vpc-vb787854
      region: ap-southeast-2
      note: peerd test vpc2
         my_custom_tagb: '1'
    - account_id: '415433457294'
      vpc_id: vpc-v52oby8v7
      region: ap-southeast-2
      note: peerd test vpc3
    - account_id: '415433457294'
      vpc_id: vpc-2378vby38vb348
      region: ap-southeast-1
      note: peerd test vpc4
    - account_id: '415433457294'
      vpc_id: vpc-8tv23o87yv4
      region: ap-southeast-1
      note: vpc does not exist, will be skipped
    - account_id: '123456789012'
      vpc_id: vpc-abc12345
      region: ap-southeast-2
      note: account does not exist, will be skipped
    - account_id: '4375823475902'
      vpc_id: vpc-7834bcri234bcr
      region: us-east-1
      note: peerd test vpc5
    - account_id: '415433457294'
      vpc_id: vpc-2378vby38vb348
      region: ap-southeast-1
      note: peerd test vpc4
    - account_id: '4375823475902'
      vpc_id: vpc-23754cn5b38bc
      region: us-east-2
      note: peerd test vpc6

Running / Executing

./ --config ./build-test-config/config.yaml --environment myfirstenvironment

Deleting a peering

Simply remove the vpc block from the configuration file then re-run the tool. Note: Only remove one VPC at a time, the tool does not keep state. If multiple VPCs are removed at once, then it is possible to create isolated peerings that are not cleaned up.

For example, if a mesh contains VPCs: A B C D E, to remove D and E from the mesh, first remove D from the config and run the tool, then E and run the tool again. If D and E are removed at the same time, a peering would persist between D and E despite all others with A B and C being cleaned up.


Shane Anderson, Nicolas Meessen, Abdul Karim, James Flemming, Michael Gehrmann, Joshua Baldock, Haishan Du, Rui Meireles, Brock Campbell


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