Create cloud provider configuration

For deploying universes on AWS

Before you can deploy universes using YugabyteDB Anywhere (YBA), you must create a provider configuration. Create an Amazon Web Services (AWS) provider configuration if your target cloud is AWS.

When deploying a universe, YBA uses the provider configuration settings to do the following:

  • Create VMs on AWS using the following:

    • the service account
    • specified regions and availability zones (this can be a subset of those specified in the provider configuration)
    • a Linux image
  • Provision those VMs with YugabyteDB software


  • An AWS Service Account with sufficient privileges. This account must have permissions to create VMs, and access to the VPC and security groups described below. Required input: Access Key ID and Secret Access Key for the AWS Service Account.
  • An AWS VPC for each region. Required input: for each region, a VPC ID.
  • AWS Security Groups must exist to allow network connectivity so that YBA can create AWS VMs when deploying a universe. Required input: for each region, a Security Group ID.

For more information on setting up an AWS service account and security groups, refer to Cloud permissions to deploy nodes.

Configure AWS

Navigate to Configs > Infrastructure > Amazon Web Services to see a list of all currently configured AWS providers.

Create a provider

To create an AWS provider:

  1. Click Create Config to open the Create AWS Provider Configuration page.

    Create AWS provider

  2. Enter the provider details. Refer to Provider settings.

  3. Click Create Provider Configuration when you are done and wait for the configuration to complete.

This process includes configuring a network, subnetworks in all available regions, firewall rules, VPC peering for network connectivity, and a custom SSH key pair for YBA-to-YugabyteDB connectivity.

View and edit providers

To view a provider, select it in the list of AWS Configs to display the Overview.

To edit the provider, select Config Details, make changes, and click Apply Changes. For more information, refer to Provider settings. Note that for YBA version 2.20.1 and later, if the provider has been used to create a universe, you can only edit a subset of fields, including the following:

  • Provider Name
  • AWS credentials (Access Key ID and Secret Access Key)
  • Regions - You can add regions and zones to an in-use provider. Note that you cannot edit existing region details, delete a region if any of the region's zones are in use, or delete zones that are in use.
  • Linux version catalog

To view the universes created using the provider, select Universes.

To delete the provider, click Actions and choose Delete Configuration. You can only delete providers that are not in use by a universe.

Provider settings

Provider Name

Enter a Provider name. The Provider name is an internal tag used for organizing provider configurations.

Cloud Info

Credential Type. YBA requires the ability to create VMs in AWS. To do this, you can do one of the following:

  • Specify Access ID and Secret Key - Create an AWS Service Account with the required permissions (refer to Cloud permissions), and provide your AWS Access Key ID and Secret Access Key.
  • Use IAM Role from this YBA host's instance - Provision the YBA VM instance with an IAM role that has sufficient permissions by attaching an IAM role to the YBA VM in the EC2 tab. This option is only available if YBA is installed on AWS.

Use AWS Route 53 DNS Server. Choose whether to use the cloud DNS Server / load balancer for universes deployed using this provider. Generally, SQL clients should prefer to use smart client drivers to connect to cluster nodes, rather than load balancers. However, in some cases (for example, if no smart driver is available in the language), you may use a DNS Server or load-balancer. The DNS Server acts as a load-balancer that routes clients to various nodes in the database universe. YBA integrates with Amazon Route53 to provide managed Canonical Name (CNAME) entries for your YugabyteDB universes, and automatically updates the DNS entry as nodes get created, removed, or undergo maintenance.


You can customize your network, including the virtual network, as follows:

  • VPC Setup. Choose the VPC setup to use:

    • Specify an existing VPC. Select this option to use a VPC that you have created in AWS.

    • Create a new VPC TP . Select this option to create a new VPC using YBA. This option is not recommended for production use cases. If you use this feature and there are any classless inter-domain routing (CIDR) conflicts, the operation can fail silently. This would include, for example, doing the following:

      • Configuring more than one AWS cloud provider with different CIDR block prefixes.
      • Creating a new VPC with a CIDR block that overlaps with any of the existing subnets.

      To use this option, contact Yugabyte Support.

  • Click Add Region to add a region to the configuration.

    For information on configuring your regions, see Add regions.

Linux version catalog

Specify the machine images to be used to install on nodes of universes created using this provider.

To add machine images recommended and provisioned by YBA, select the Include Linux versions that are chosen and managed by YugabyteDB Anywhere in the catalog option, and choose the architectures.

To add your own machine images to the catalog:

  1. Click Add Linux Version.

  2. Provide a name for the Linux version. You can see this name when creating universes using this provider.

  3. Choose a CPU architecture.

  4. Enter the Amazon Machine Image (AMI) ID to use for each provider region.

  5. Provide the SSH user and port to use to access the machine image OS. Leave this empty to use the default SSH user.

  6. Click Add Linux Version.

To edit custom Linux versions, remove Linux versions, and set a version as the default to use when creating universes, click ... for the version you want to modify.

SSH Key Pairs

To be able to provision Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances with YugabyteDB, YBA requires SSH access.

Enter the SSH user and port to use by default for machine images. You can override these values for custom Linux versions that you add to the Linux Version Catalog.

You can manage SSH key pairs in the following ways:

  • Enable YBA to create and manage Key Pairs. In this mode, YBA creates SSH Key Pairs across all the regions you choose to set up and stores the relevant private key part of these locally in order to SSH into future EC2 instances.
  • Use your own existing Key Pairs. To do this, provide the name of the Key Pair, as well as the private key content, and the corresponding SSH user. This information must be the same across all the regions you provision.

If you use YBA to manage SSH Key Pairs for you and you deploy multiple YBA instances across your environment, then the AWS provider name should be unique for each instance of YBA integrating with a given AWS account.

If you are using a YBA-managed AMI and plan to use the us-gov-east-1 and us-gov-west-1 regions, you must set the SSH user to centos as these regions use CentOS 7 (as opposed to the default Alma 8 used for other regions). If you don't set the SSH user accordingly, universe deployment to these regions will fail.


You can customize the Network Time Protocol server, as follows:

  • Select Use AWS's NTP server to enable cluster nodes to connect to the AWS internal time servers. For more information, consult the AWS documentation such as Keeping time with Amazon time sync service.

  • Select Specify Custom NTP Server(s) to provide your own NTP servers and allow the cluster nodes to connect to those NTP servers.

  • Select Assume NTP server configured in machine image to prevent YBA from performing any NTP configuration on the cluster nodes. For data consistency, you will be responsible for manually configuring NTP.


    Use this option with caution. Time synchronization is critical to database data consistency; failure to run NTP may cause data loss.

Add regions

For deployment, YBA aims to provide you with access to the many regions that AWS makes available globally. To that end, YBA allows you to select which regions to which you wish to deploy.

Specify an existing VPC

If you choose to use VPCs that you have configured, you are responsible for having preconfigured networking connectivity. For single-region deployments, this might just be a matter of region or VPC local Security Groups. Across regions, however, the setup can get quite complex. It is recommended that you use the VPC peering feature of Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) to set up private IP connectivity between nodes located across regions, as follows:

  • VPC peering connections must be established in an N x N matrix, such that every VPC in every region you configure must be peered to every other VPC in every other region.
  • Routing table entries in every regional VPC should route traffic to every other VPC CIDR block across the PeeringConnection to that respective VPC. This must match the Subnets that you provided during the configuration step.
  • Security groups in each VPC can be hardened by only opening up the relevant ports to the CIDR blocks of the VPCs from which you are expecting traffic.
  • If you deploy YBA in a different VPC than the ones in which you intend to deploy YugabyteDB nodes, then its own VPC must also be part of this cross-region VPC mesh, as well as setting up routing table entries in the source VPC (YBA) and allowing one further CIDR block (or public IP) ingress rule on the security groups for the YugabyteDB nodes (to allow traffic from YBA or its VPC).
  • When a public IP address is not enabled on a universe, a network address translation (NAT) gateway or device is required. You must configure the NAT gateway before creating the VPC that you add to the YBA UI. For more information, see NAT and Creating a VPC with public and private subnets in the AWS documentation.

To configure a region using your own custom VPCs, click Add Region and do the following:

  1. Select the Region.
  2. Specify the VPC ID of the VPC to use for the region.
  3. Specify the Security Group ID to use for the region. This is attached to all YugabyteDB nodes and must allow traffic from all other YugabyteDB nodes, even across regions, if you deploy across multiple regions.

For each availability zone in which you wish to be able to deploy in the region, do the following:

  1. Click Add Zone.
  2. Select the zone.
  3. Enter the Subnet ID to use for the zone. This is required to ensure that YBA can deploy nodes in the correct network isolation that you desire in your environment.

Marketplace acceptance

If you did not provide your own custom AMI IDs, before you can proceed to creating a universe, verify that you can actually spin up EC2 instances with the default AMIs in YBA.

While logged into your AWS account, do the following:

If you are not already subscribed and have not accepted the Terms and Conditions, then you should see the following message:

Marketplace accept

If that is the case, click Accept Terms and wait for the page to switch to a successful state. After the operation completes, or if you previously subscribed and accepted the terms, you should see a message similar to the following:

Marketplace success