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Efficient Cloud Resource Management with CloudNuke

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Optimizing resource usage and cost management has become paramount in the ever-evolving landscape of cloud computing. As organizations scale their operations in the cloud, it’s essential to ensure that resources are utilized efficiently, and unnecessary expenses are minimized. CloudNuke is a powerful tool that empowers businesses to effectively manage their cloud resources, streamline operations, and optimize costs.


CloudNuke is an open-source command-line tool that allows users to identify and delete idle or unused resources within their cloud infrastructure. It supports several cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The tool provides a convenient way to identify no longer needed resources, such as unused virtual machines, unattached storage volumes, idle databases, and more.

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Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1 – First, we create an Amazon EC2 instance in another account


Step 2 – Connect through SSH



Step 3 – Now, let’s install aws-nuke


Step 4 – Rename the file and add permission

Step 5 – Now let’s configure the AWS account for that we want to delete the resources


Step 6 – Now Copy the cloud-nuke to a particular folder

Step 7 – Now let us start nuke to delete the resources of a particular region


In the below image, it is showing the list of resources in a particular region:


Step 8 – We will verify whether it will remove or terminate the resources located in the ap-south-1 region.


Additionally, we can:

  • Exclude resources in certain regions:



It will check all the regions except ap-south-1

  • Excluding Resources by Age:
  • List supported resource types
  • Terminate or inspect specific resource types:
  • Exclude terminating specific resource types
  • Dry run mode

Best Practices for CloudNuke Usage

  1. Regular Maintenance: Set up scheduled scans and cleanups to ensure ongoing resource optimization. Regular maintenance prevents the accumulation of unused resources and maximizes cost savings.
  2. Review Before Deletion: Always review the list of resources marked for deletion during a dry run. This helps you avoid accidentally deleting critical resources.
  3. Tagging Strategy: Use resource tags effectively to categorize and track resources. This can assist in refining CloudNuke’s criteria for identifying unused resources accurately.
  4. Collaboration: When using CloudNuke in a team, ensure proper communication to avoid inadvertently deleting resources that other team members may still be using.


CloudNuke has emerged as a valuable tool in the cloud management arsenal, offering a powerful solution to tackle the challenges of resource optimization and cost control. By enabling businesses to identify and eliminate idle resources, CloudNuke empowers organizations to streamline their cloud environments, enhance security, and reduce unnecessary expenses. As the cloud is central to modern IT infrastructure, tools like CloudNuke will undoubtedly become essential for maintaining efficient and cost-effective operations.

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1. What resources does Cloudnuke support?

ANS: – Cloudnuke supports many AWS resources, including Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon S3 buckets, AWS Lambda functions, and AWS IAM roles. The full list of supported resources can be found in the Cloudnuke documentation.

2. How do I use Cloudnuke?

ANS: – To use Cloudnuke, you first need to install it. You can do this by following the instructions in the Cloudnuke documentation. Once Cloudnuke is installed, you can run it by typing the following command:

This command will delete all of the AWS resources in your account.

3. Does Cloudnuke delete resources permanently?

ANS: – Yes, Cloudnuke deletes resources permanently. It is important to use it with caution and ensure that you are only deleting the resources you want to delete.

WRITTEN BY Noopur Shrivastava

Noopur Shrivastava works as a Research Associate at CloudThat. She is focused on gaining knowledge of the Cloud environment. Noopur loves learning about new technology and trying out different approaches to problem-solving.



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