Amazon CloudWatch Events Integration

Amazon CloudWatch Events Amazon CloudWatch Events delivers a near real-time stream of system events that describe changes in Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources.

When resources change state they automatically send Amazon CloudWatch events into an event stream. Create rules that match selected events in the stream and route them to targets to take action. Use rules to also take action on a pre-determined schedule.

What does Opsgenie offer to Amazon CloudWatch Events users?

Use Opsgenie's Amazon CloudWatch Events Integration to forward Amazon CloudWatch Events notifications to Opsgenie. Opsgenie determines the right people to notify based on on-call schedules– notifies via email, text messages (SMS), phone calls and iOS & Android push notifications, and escalates alerts until the alert is acknowledged or closed.

Functionality of the integration

When a state changes in your AWS resources, an alert is created in Opsgenie automatically through the integration.

Add Amazon CloudWatch Events Integration to Opsgenie

  1. Please create an Opsgenie account if you haven't done so already.
  2. Go to Opsgenie Amazon CloudWatch Events Integration page.


For Free and Essentials plans, you can only add the integrations from the Team Dashboards, please use the alternative instructions given below to add this integration.

  1. Specify who is notified of Amazon CloudWatch Events alerts using the Teams field. Auto-complete suggestions are provided as you type.


An alternative for Step 2) and Step 3) is to add the integration from the Team Dashboard of the team which will own the integration. To add an integration directly to a team, navigate to the Team Dashboard and open Integrations tab. Click Add Integration and select the integration that you would like to add.

  1. Copy the API Key.
  2. Click Save Integration.

Configuration in Amazon CloudWatch Events

  1. Go to the SNS dashboard. From the dashboard click Create Topic.
  1. Fill in the required fields and click Create topic.
  1. From Topic details page, click Create subscription.
  1. Choose HTTPS for the "Protocol" field and paste the URL from the Opsgenie Amazon CloudWatch Events integration page to the Endpoint field. Then click Create subscription.

Upon successfully configuring SNS subscription to Opsgenie, a confirmation alert is created in Opsgenie.

  1. Go to the CloudWatch dashboard. From the left side menu click on Rules under Events.
  1. On the opening page click Create rule.
  1. Choose the Event Source to get notifications from. Then add the SNS topic previously created as the target. Then click Configure details.
  1. Populate the "Name" field and click Create rule.

Sample Payload from Opsgenie Amazon CloudWatch Events Integration

  "Type": "Notification",
  "MessageId": "96d4c7c2-999e-57ab-aade-95f2f518987f",
  "TopicArn": "arn:aws:sns:us-west-2:450xxxxxxx:test",
  "Message": "{\"version\":\"0\",\"id\":\"3ee38987-e0ce-29f1-91a1-32704265286f\",\"detail-type\":\"EC2 Instance State-change Notification\",\"source\":\"aws.ec2\",\"account\":\"4500xxxxxx\",\"time\":\"2017-09-11T10:49:41Z\",\"region\":\"us-west-2\",\"resources\":[\"arn:aws:ec2:us-west-2:4500xxxxxxx:instance/i-04d6ebefdb7xxxx\"],\"detail\":{\"instance-id\":\"i-04xxxxxx\",\"state\":\"terminated\"}}",
  "Timestamp": "2017-09-11T10:49:42.630Z",
  "SignatureVersion": "1",
  "Signature": "Iv8exxxx/DIfFd0eZ4eyo4vjrb/wEEoNji9S3xGQtpo1E9gXyMM8spmrULq20o25+OKXwZd5tRue7D69olvdcUdqRAN/bBfaHHq6tKVxnVnidgNq1VknAMeQRgd8qwVW1gARXTdO2z9AeDrOCH/ozEgNK3vwoFsDDxwKFxlFa9aioxxOu0uGlyuUpIb2rOaOwSo0aloE14XY9tgWrGlAxp+YwyHJbwXj36oAAU0GZOZV5C4TMhnRIdBnI9Yxxxxxxxx/tj6+gRnP4KeldOFHpaBGdw3/hOMdq9vA8yH934sA==",
  "SigningCertURL": "",
  "UnsubscribeURL": ""

This payload is parsed by Opsgenie as:

  "detail-type":"EC2 Instance State-change Notification",

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