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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting AWS Config to CSV. AWS Config is a service that enables you to assess, audit, and evaluate the configurations of your AWS resources. Exporting this configuration and compliance data into a CSV (Comma-Separated Values) file can significantly enhance the manageability and visibility of your cloud infrastructure, especially when analyzed in a spreadsheet. On this page, we'll explore the nuances of what AWS Config is, the step-by-step process to export AWS Config to a CSV file, practical use cases for this export, an innovative alternative to CSV exports for AWS Config using Sourcetable, and a helpful Q&A section to address common queries about the export process.

    What is AWS Config?

    AWS Config is a service offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) that serves as a resource configuration viewer. It provides users with the ability to see how their AWS resources are related and interact with one another. Additionally, AWS Config offers insights into the historical configurations of resources, enabling tracking of changes over time.

    Furthermore, AWS Config can be set up to record specific types of resources and send notifications about configuration streams. This capability allows for real-time governance and oversight of resource configurations. The service facilitates the evaluation of compliance information for the recorded resources, assisting in demonstrating compliance with various regulations.

    With AWS Config, users gain a centralized view of their resource inventory and compliance status. It also allows querying of the current configuration states of resources. This can be instrumental in managing application resources, governing their configurations, detecting misconfigurations, auditing, troubleshooting changes, and analyzing potential security weaknesses.

    Exporting AWS Config to a CSV File

    Using the aws configservice select-aggregate-resource-config Command

    To export AWS Config data to a CSV file, you can use the aws configservice select-aggregate-resource-config command. This command requires that you have the AWS CLI installed and properly configured with AWS credentials and region. The command returns CSV results that include resource type, ID, and name. To specify the aggregator name, use the MY_AGGREGATOR_NAME parameter. The output can be redirected to a file or piped to another program for further processing. It is important to refer to the documentation for the correct syntax of the query expression. Additionally, if you are using the third-party tool jq to process the JSON output, ensure that the jq command is updated to correspond with any changes in the fields selected by the query.

    Transitioning from export-configurations to StartExportTask

    While the export-configurations command is deprecated and replaced by the StartExportTask command, it is important to note that the former command was used to export all discovered configuration data, including tags and tag associations, processes, connections, servers, and system performance to an Amazon S3 bucket or an application. To continue exporting AWS Config data, the recommended approach is to transition to using the StartExportTask command, as it is the replacement for the deprecated command. Ensure to export the configuration data to an S3 bucket or an application as per your requirements.

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    Seamlessly Import AWS Config Data with Sourcetable

    For professionals seeking to streamline their AWS Config data management, Sourcetable presents a compelling alternative to the conventional process of exporting to CSV and then importing to a spreadsheet program. With Sourcetable's ability to sync live data from a multitude of apps and databases, users can automate the importation of AWS Config data directly into a user-friendly spreadsheet interface. This not only saves time but also eliminates the risk of errors associated with manual data transfer.

    Moreover, Sourcetable's powerful query capabilities allow for more dynamic data interaction than a static CSV file can offer. Users can sort, filter, and analyze AWS Config data on-the-fly, which enhances business intelligence activities. The ease of setup and the continuous data syncing make Sourcetable an excellent tool for managing AWS Config data, ensuring that the information you work with is always current and accurate, facilitating better decision-making.

    Embrace the efficiency and intelligence that Sourcetable brings to your AWS Config data management. Its automation capabilities significantly reduce the administrative burden, allowing you to focus on insights and action rather than data processing. By choosing Sourcetable, you are opting for a seamless, integrated experience that is designed for modern data-driven environments.

    Common Use Cases

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      Compliance auditing across multiple accounts and regions
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      Resource tracking and inventory management
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      Integration with custom reporting tools for further analysis

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I get the results of the AWS Config query in CSV format?

    Use the aws configservice select-aggregate-resource-config command to return results as CSV.

    What tool can I use to parse the CSV results from the AWS Config query?

    The jq command is used to parse the results of the aws configservice select-aggregate-resource-config command.

    Can I process the AWS Config query results with another program?

    Yes, you can pipe the results of the aws configservice select-aggregate-resource-config command to another program for further processing.

    How can I save the results of an AWS Config query to a file?

    You can redirect the output of the aws configservice select-aggregate-resource-config command to a file.


    Utilizing the `aws configservice select-aggregate-resource-config` command provides a streamlined process for exporting AWS Config aggregator results directly into a CSV format. This requires the `jq` command line tool to format the output, as well as the necessary AWS credentials and specified region and aggregator name. Once executed, the command outputs a list of CSV entries detailing resource type, id, and name, which can then be easily redirected to a file or further processed as needed. For those seeking a more integrated solution, consider bypassing the CSV export altogether by using Sourcetable, which allows you to import your data directly into a spreadsheet. Sign up for Sourcetable today to simplify your workflow and get started with a more efficient data management approach.

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