How to use Lens IDE with two different AWS profiles

How to use Lens IDE with two different AWS profiles
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What is Lens IDE?

The Lens IDE is a desktop application with a user-friendly interface for managing and interacting with Kubernetes clusters. It offers a centralized dashboard to view and manage multiple clusters, provides real-time metrics and logs, allows for easy deployment and management of applications, and offers various other features to simplify working with Kubernetes.

The Problem

If there is only 1 profile in the AWS CLI, Lens IDE will not give you a problem, but when you start working with more than one profile, you begin to encounter problems.

Editing the active profile manually or rotating the access keys will start to tire you after a while.

I can offer you a solution to overcome this problem. Let's start.



Before starting the installation, let's ensure everything works with a single profile. To achieve this, let's complete the AWS CLI, then kubectl and finally Lens IDE installations.

After the initial single profile setup, you need to create AWS Profile with the following command:

aws configure --profile PROFILE_NAME

Example AWS CLI Config File:

[profile DEMO_1]
region = eu-central-1
output = json
[profile DEMO_2]
region = eu-central-1
output = json

Example AWS CLI Credential File:

aws_access_key_id = XYZ
aws_secret_access_key = 123
aws_access_key_id = ABC
aws_secret_access_key = 321

Install AWSP:

npm install -g awsp

Add the following to your .bashrc or .zshrc config

alias awsp="source _awsp"

Now you have installed awsp, if you execute awsp command in your terminal you can switch in your AWS Profiles.

One more step to achieve the goal. We need to add some environment variables to the kubectl config file.

Open the file and add the following environments for every profile.

- name: [email protected]
      - token
      - -i
      - dec14
      command: aws
      - name: AWS_PROFILE
        value: DEMO_1


In this article, we learned how to create & manage multiple aws profiles and how to use these profiles with Lens IDE. I hope it was useful.

See you in the next article. 👻