Using Commandeer as a Front-End Console for AWS Local Resources

Installing Commandeer

Ensure you have Snap and Docker installed on your Linux distro.

$ sudo snap install commandeer

Localstack Set Up

You have the option to configure and launch Localstack from the Commandeer console, or alternatively, using Docker Compose to instantiate a Localstack instance, ready for hooking into Commandeer.

  • Create directory structure for files and docker mounts.
$ mkdir -p $HOME/localstack/host_tmp_dir
  • Create a docker-compose file at $HOME/localstack/docker-compose.yml with the following contents.
version: '3.7'
container_name: localstack-main
image: localstack/localstack:0.12.5
- "4566:4566"
- "4571:4571"
- SERVICES=${SERVICES-acm,apigateway
- DOCKER_HOST=unix:///var/run/docker.sock
- DATA_DIR=/tmp/localstack/data
- "${TMPDIR:-/tmp/localstack}:/tmp/localstack"
- "/var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock"
  • Bring up the stack using:
$ cd $HOME/localstack
$ TMPDIR=$HOME/localstack/host_tmp_dir docker-compose up -d

Check Commandeer to Localstack Connectivity

  • Start Commandeer from a terminal by running:
$ commandeer &
  • This should get you to the Welcome to Commandeer start up window
  • To continue using Commandeer with Localstack on a limited plan, hit the escape key
  • You can choose to Login in App to signup for a premium paid plan, which provides access to an extensively richer feature set
  • You should now be at the main console
  • You’ll also notice a reference to account local, which has has been created by default
  • From the left hand services pane, scroll to Localstack and select the Dashboard sub item
  • Commandeer’s console should refresh to reflect the running Localstack services
  • The above shows a total of 24 active services (“Services on”)
  • Towards the top right hand of the console, you should also see Docker and Localstack status indicators highlighted in green

Examples of Using the Commandeer Console

Below are some simple examples used to test the set up.

S3 Bucket Creation

  • The below example shows the creation of an S3 bucket with name sample, using the console

Execute an Existing Lambda Function

  • The following demonstrates Commandeer console being used to trigger an existing Lambda, hosted on Localstack

Closing Remarks

The setup accomplished in this article serves as a foundation for further discovery of Commandeer’s capabilities.



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Tony Tannous

Tony Tannous


Learner. Interests include Cloud and Devops technologies.