Import an Existing IAM Group in AWS CDK


Borislav Hadzhiev

Wed Apr 28 20211 min read

To import an existing group in AWS CDK, we have to use the `fromGroupArn` static method.

Importing an existing IAM Group in AWS CDK #

In order to import an external IAM Group in an AWS CDK stack, we have to use the fromGroupArn static method on the Group class.

import * as iam from '@aws-cdk/aws-iam';
import * as cdk from '@aws-cdk/core';

export class CdkStarterStack extends cdk.Stack {
  constructor(scope: cdk.App, id: string, props?: cdk.StackProps) {
    super(scope, id, props);

    // 👇 import existing Group
    const importedGroup = iam.Group.fromGroupArn(

    console.log('imported group name 👉', importedGroup.groupName);
    console.log('imported group arn 👉', importedGroup.groupArn);

In the code snippet we used the fromGroupArn static method on the Group class to import an external group. The method takes 3 parameters:

  1. scope - the scope of the construct
  2. id - an identifier for the construct (must be unique within the scope)
  3. groupArn - the ARN of the group we want to import

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