Server Configuration

This documentation explains how to configure the Atlantis server and how to deal with credentials.

Configuration for atlantis server can be specified via command line flags, environment variables or a YAML config file. Config file values are overridden by environment variables which in turn are overridden by flags.


To use a yaml config file, run atlantis with --config /path/to/config.yaml. The keys of your config file should be the same as the flag, ex.

gh-token: ...
log-level: ...

Environment Variables

All flags can be specified as environment variables. You need to convert the flag's -'s to _'s, uppercase all the letters and prefix with ATLANTIS_. For example, --gh-user can be set via the environment variable ATLANTIS_GH_USER.

To see a list of all flags and their descriptions run atlantis server --help


The flag --atlantis-url is set by the environment variable ATLANTIS_ATLANTIS_URL NOT ATLANTIS_URL.

AWS Credentials

Atlantis simply shells out to terraform so you don't need to do anything special with AWS credentials. As long as terraform commands works where you're hosting Atlantis, then Atlantis will work. See for more detail.

Multiple AWS Accounts

Atlantis supports multiple AWS accounts through the use of Terraform's AWS Authentication.

If you're using the Shared Credentials file you'll need to ensure the server that Atlantis is executing on has the corresponding credentials file.

If you're using Assume role you'll need to ensure that the credentials file has a default profile that is able to assume all required roles.

Environment variables authentication won't work for multiple accounts since Atlantis wouldn't know which environment variables to execute Terraform with.

Assume Role Session Names

Atlantis injects 5 Terraform variables that can be used to dynamically name the assume role session name. Setting the session_name allows you to trace API calls made through Atlantis back to a specific user and repo via CloudWatch:

provider "aws" {
  assume_role {
    role_arn     = "arn:aws:iam::ACCOUNT_ID:role/ROLE_NAME"
    session_name = "${var.atlantis_user}-${var.atlantis_repo_owner}-${var.atlantis_repo_name}-${var.atlantis_pull_num}"

Atlantis runs terraform with the following variables:

-var Argument Description
atlantis_user=lkysow The VCS username of who is running the plan command.
atlantis_repo=runatlantis/atlantis The full name of the repo the pull request is in. NOTE: This variable can't be used in the AWS session name because it contains a /.
atlantis_repo_owner=runatlantis The name of the owner of the repo the pull request is in.
atlantis_repo_name=atlantis The name of the repo the pull request is in.
atlantis_pull_num=200 The pull request number.

If you want to use assume_role with Atlantis and you're also using the S3 Backend, make sure to add the role_arn option:

terraform {
  backend "s3" {
    bucket   = "mybucket"
    key      = "path/to/my/key"
    region   = "us-east-1"
    role_arn = "arn:aws:iam::ACCOUNT_ID:role/ROLE_NAME"
    # can't use var.atlantis_user as the session name because
    # interpolations are not allowed in backend configuration
    # session_name = "${var.atlantis_user}" WON'T WORK