Custom Resolver with Stack Dependencies

This example demonstrates how to implement a custom resolver that depends on other stacks.

When the example is deployed, the custom resolver is used to read the creation time from the other stack and use it as stack input parameter value.

See the complete example at GitHub.


The example consists of the following files:

โ”œโ”€ stacks
โ”‚ โ”œโ”€ config.yml
โ”‚ โ”œโ”€ stack-a.yml
โ”‚ โ””โ”€ stack-b.yml
โ”œโ”€ templates
โ”‚ โ”œโ”€ stack-a.yml
โ”‚ โ””โ”€ stack-b.yml
โ””โ”€ resolvers
โ””โ”€ stack-creation-time.js


There are two stacks of which the stacks/stack-b.yml is more interesting as it uses the custom resolver stack-creation-time. The stack configuration looks like this:

name: resolvers-with-dependencies-b
resolver: stack-creation-time
otherStack: /stack-a.yml

Custom Resolver

The custom resolver takes the stack path of a stack in otherStack property and uses it to query the stack's creation time. The given stack path is also assigned to the resolver's dependencies property, making the stack a dependency of the stack where the resolver is used.

module.exports = {
name: "stack-creation-time",
init: (props) => {
console.log("Initialize resolver: stack-creation-time");
return {
dependencies: [props.otherStack],
schema: (joi, schema) => {
return schema.keys({
otherStack: joi.string().required()
resolve: async (input) => {
input.logger.debug("Execute resolver: stack-creation-time");
const stacks = input.ctx.getStacksByPath(props.otherStack)
if (stacks.length > 1) {
throw new Error("Expected exactly one matching stacks but got " + (rest.length + 1))
const [ stack ] = stacks
const client = await stack.getCloudFormationClient().getAwsClient()
const { Stacks } = await client.describeStacks({ StackName: stack.getName() }).promise()
if (Stacks.length !== 1) {
throw new Error("Expected exactly one matching stacks but got " + Stacks.length)
const creationTime = Stacks[0].CreationTime
input.logger.debug(`Resolved value for parameter '${creationTime}'`)
return creationTime.getTime()

Deploy Stacks

To deploy the example stack, run command:

tkm stacks deploy

Remove Stacks

To remove the created stack, run command:

tkm stacks undeploy

See Also

Find more information from the documentation: