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How to update Route53 records after EC2 instance restart

Amazon Route 53 is a highly available and scalable cloud Domain Name System (DNS) web service. If you are not using Elastic IPs for your EC2 instances, chances are stopping and starting the server will result in different IPs after the instance comes back online. If you have A records pointing to those IPs in Route53 you will need a way to update them. After the script is executed, it will automatically gather the new Public IP and update the DNS record for it in Route53.

Edit 1:

As I am getting many comments on hosted zone parsing error… I wanted to add this

Before running script please check your host name is set to fully qualified domain name (FQDN) with this command
“`hostname -f“`


“`hostname -d“`



If you don’t want to set host name system wide, feel free to modify the script manually

# Author: Akhil Jalagam
# Description: update route53 after ec2 instance restart

HOSTNAME=$(hostname -f)
PUBLIC_IP=$(curl ident.me)
HOSTED_ZONE=$(hostname -d | awk -F"." '{print $(NF-2)".")
ZONE_ID=$(aws route53 --output json list-hosted-zones | jq --arg hosted_zone $HOSTED_ZONE. '.HostedZones[]  | select(.Name == $hosted_zone) | .Id' | awk -F"/" '{print $3}' | tr -d "\"")
RECORD_TYPE=$(aws route53 --output json list-resource-record-sets --hosted-zone-id $ZONE_ID --query "ResourceRecordSets[?Name == '$HOSTNAME.']" | jq ".[].Type" | tr -d "\"")

if [ -e "$RECORD_SET" ]
  rm -f $RECORD_SET

echo "Updating resource record set"
echo "
    \"Comment\": \"Update record to reflect new public IP address\",
    \"Changes\": [
            \"Action\": \"UPSERT\",
            \"ResourceRecordSet\": {
                \"Name\": \"$HOSTNAME.\",
                \"Type\": \"$RECORD_TYPE\",
                \"TTL\": 300,
                \"ResourceRecords\": [
                        \"Value\": \"$PUBLIC_IP\"
}" | tee -a /tmp/updateroute53.json

CHANGE_ID=$(aws route53 --output json change-resource-record-sets --hosted-zone-id $ZONE_ID --change-batch file:///$RECORD_SET | jq ".ChangeInfo.Id" | awk -F"/" '{print $3}' | tr -d "\"")
CHANGE_STATUS=$(aws route53 --output json get-change --id $CHANGE_ID | jq ".ChangeInfo.Status" | tr -d "\"")
declare -i COUNT=0

while [ "$CHANGE_STATUS" == "PENDING" ]
  if [ "$COUNT" -ge 6 ]
    echo "Update timed out, exiting..."
    exit 1
  sleep 10
  CHANGE_STATUS=$(aws route53 --output json get-change --id $CHANGE_ID | jq ".ChangeInfo.Status" | tr -d "\"")

echo "Record updated!"

*note: use “`set -ex“` option to debug the script