Update an existing CDK app

In this post, we'll update an existing CDK app that uses Python as the programming language.

If you haven't created a new CDK app yet, follow the steps in Creating a new CDK app with Python.


Ensure that AWS CDK is installed & configured before proceeding.

Updating an existing CDK app

We can simply update the stack bby modifying the cdk_app/cdk_app_stack.py file.

For example, we can change the retention policy by modifying the cdk_app/cdk_app_stack.py file as follows:

from aws_cdk import (
    aws_s3 as s3,
    RemovalPolicy, # New Import

from constructs import Construct

class CdkAppStack(Stack):

    BUCKET_ID = "MyFirstBucket"

    def __init__(self, scope: Construct, construct_id: str, **kwargs) -> None:
        super().__init__(scope, construct_id, **kwargs)

        # Updated code. This will delete the bucket when the stack is deleted
        s3.Bucket(self, id="MyFirstBucket", removal_policy=RemovalPolicy.DESTROY)

Check the changes by running cdk diff. As you can see below, there is a change in Bucket policy being implemented.

CDK diff

Now run cdk deploy to deploy the changes. When you destroy the stack by running cdk destroy, you'll notice that the bucket is deleted as well.

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