Assume we already spin the AWS using cloudformation plugin from Jenkins outside AWS and now, how to get private IP address after spinning the AWS at my local machine/jenkins using any API methods? I tried ruby aws-sdk, REST API methods to get the private ip outside AWS (at my local) and I'm getting timed out for the connection. Here are some examples that did not yield the ip address/EC2 objects and getting timeout -

using ruby aws-sdk

require 'rubygems'
require 'aws-sdk-v1'
require 'aws-sdk'
AWS.config(:region => "xxxxx",
           :access_key_id => "xxxxx",
           :secret_access_key => "xxxxx")
ec2 =  AWS::EC2.new(
    :region => "xxxxxx",
    :access_key_id => "xxxx",
    :secret_access_key => "xxxxxxx")
ec2.instances.each do |test|
  puts test.id

using REST API client -

require 'rubygems'
require 'rest-client'
url = "https://ec2.amazonaws.com/?Action=DescribeNatGateways&ImageId=xxxxxxx&access_key_id=xxxxxx&secret_access_key=xxxxxxxx"
response=RestClient::Request.execute(:url =>url, :method => :get, :verify_ssl => false)
puts response

Tried uploading the IP address contained text file to S3 and then reading it back -

  --------------cloudformation Json contains the following ---------
"wget -qO->>dockeriseleniumgrid_ip_address\n", "aws s3 cp dockeriseleniumgrid_ip_address s3://xxxxx/dockeriseleniumgrid_ip_address\n"

----------tried reading it from s3 and writing to local machine --------

    require 'aws/s3'
    S3ID = "xxxxx"
    S3KEY = "xxxx"
    # include AWS::S3
        :access_key_id     => S3ID,
        :secret_access_key => S3KEY
    bucket = AWS::S3::Bucket.find("dockeriseleniumgrid_ip_address")

    File.open("ip_address.txt", "w") do |f|

I'm new to AWS and appreciate if anyone can help


here is a working code which might help others in future - Use the below output in the json file as part of jenkins cloudformation

"Outputs": {
    "GridtoGetIP": {
      "Description": "IP Address",
      "Value": {
        "Fn::GetAtt": ["GridtoGetIP", "PrivateIp"]

In the Jenkins you will have to provide stack name, for example - name it "GetPrivateIP" then you retrieve the IP using ruby as


Similarly you can read this environment variable in other programming languages!!!

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