Access Control and Permissions in AWS CodePipeline


Access control and permissions play a crucial role in managing user access and ensuring the security of your CI/CD workflows in AWS CodePipeline. By properly configuring access controls, you can grant the right level of permissions to different users and teams, ensuring they can perform their required tasks without compromising the security of your pipelines and resources. In this tutorial, we will explore how to manage access control and permissions in AWS CodePipeline and discuss best practices to follow.


  • An AWS account with access to AWS CodePipeline and the necessary permissions to manage user access and permissions.
  • Basic knowledge of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) and its concepts.
  • Existing CI/CD pipelines in AWS CodePipeline or the ability to create new ones.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Define IAM Roles

1. Identify the different roles and responsibilities within your CI/CD workflows, such as developers, testers, and release managers.

2. Create IAM roles for each role or team, defining the necessary permissions to perform their tasks in CodePipeline.

3. Define IAM policies that grant the appropriate level of permissions to each role or team. For example, a developer role may have permissions to modify source code repositories and trigger pipeline executions.

Step 2: Assign Permissions to Users and Groups

1. Create IAM users and groups corresponding to the different roles or teams involved in your CI/CD workflows.

2. Assign the appropriate IAM roles to each user or group, granting them the necessary permissions in CodePipeline.

3. Ensure that permissions are assigned based on the principle of least privilege, granting only the necessary permissions required to perform tasks.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Granting excessive permissions to users or groups, increasing the risk of unauthorized access or accidental modifications.
  • Not regularly reviewing and updating permissions as roles and responsibilities change within your organization.
  • Sharing or reusing access keys or credentials, compromising the security of your CodePipeline resources.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Can I grant cross-account access to CodePipeline?
    A: Yes, you can grant cross-account access by using IAM roles and policies, allowing users from other AWS accounts to access and interact with your pipelines.
  2. Q: Can I restrict user access to specific stages or actions within a pipeline?
    A: Yes, you can define fine-grained permissions using IAM policies to restrict user access to specific stages or actions within your pipelines.
  3. Q: How can I control access to my pipeline artifacts?
    A: You can configure S3 bucket policies and IAM policies to control access to your pipeline artifacts stored in Amazon S3.
  4. Q: Can I integrate AWS Single Sign-On (SSO) with CodePipeline?
    A: Yes, you can integrate AWS SSO with CodePipeline to centrally manage user access and permissions across multiple AWS accounts.
  5. Q: How can I audit and monitor user access in CodePipeline?
    A: You can enable AWS CloudTrail logging to capture API calls and user activities in CodePipeline, allowing you to monitor and audit user access.


Proper access control and permissions management are essential for maintaining the security and integrity of your CI/CD workflows in AWS CodePipeline. This tutorial provided a step-by-step guide on how to configure access controls and assign permissions in AWS CodePipeline using IAM roles and policies. By following best practices and avoiding common mistakes, you can ensure that users have the appropriate level of access to perform their tasks while protecting your pipelines and resources from unauthorized access or accidental modifications.