Cloud Pods

Cloud Pods provides a new way of collaborating in cloud application development workflows.


Cloud pods are persistent state snapshots of your LocalStack instance that can easily be stored, versioned, shared, and restored. Cloud Pods can be used for various purposes, such as:

  • Sharing state snapshots amongst your team to foster collaborative debugging.
  • Pre-seeding CI environments to bootstrap your testing pipelines automatically.
  • Preparing reproducible application development & testing environments locally.

You can save and load the persistent state of Cloud Pods, you can use the Cloud Pods command-line interface (CLI). LocalStack provides a remote storage backend that can be used to store the state of your running application and share it with your team members. You can interact with the Cloud Pods over the storage backend via the LocalStack Web Application.

These Cloud Pods are securely stored within an AWS storage backend, where each user or organization is allocated a dedicated and isolated S3 bucket. The LocalStack Cloud Pods CLI utilizes secure S3 presigned URLs to directly interface with the S3 bucket, bypassing the need to transmit the state files through LocalStack Platform APIs.

Cloud Pods Web UI

Cloud Pods & Persistence

Persistence ensures that the service state persists across container restarts. You can enable persistence via a LocalStack config flag PERSISTENCE=1 to restore your local resources, in case youโ€™re stopping and re-starting the LocalStack instance on the same machine.

In contrast, Cloud Pods provide more detailed control over your state. Rather than just restoring a state during LocalStack restarts, Cloud Pods enable you to capture snapshots of your local instance using the save command and inject these snapshots into a running instance using the load command, all without needing to perform a full restart.

Cloud Pods v/s Persistence

Getting started

Get started with Cloud Pods to manage the state of your LocalStack instance state

CLI command reference

Reference guide for LocalStack Cloud Pods CLI commands and how to get started on using them!


The reference guide for LocalStack Cloud Pods remotes and how to get started on using them!


Get started with Cloud Pods Launchpad to share and inject Cloud Pods into your LocalStack instance via a URL


How to load automatically Cloud Pods in LocalStack

Community Cloud Pods

Get started with LocalStack Community Cloud Pods to to save and load your container state at will

Last modified November 17, 2023: fix cloud pod alias and link (a61b17ad0)