By Ankit Mehta
There are three methods to get a list of Alibaba Cloud resources: Alibaba Cloud Management Console, Alibaba Cloud CLI, and Steampipe.
Users can get a list of Alibaba Cloud resources using the Resource Group feature provided by the Resource Management service:
Another way to list Alibaba Cloud resources is using the Alibaba Cloud Command Line Interface (CLI). It reduces the need to log on to the web console and retrieve account information via the command line. However, the Alibaba Cloud CLI requires some programming skills to work with it.
The following is an example of listing OSS buckets in an Alibaba Cloud account using the CLI:
Steampipe is a savior with the slightest learning curve to querying Alibaba Cloud resources from the command line. Basic SQL knowledge is required to get started with Steampipe.
Steampipe allows you to communicate with Alibaba Cloud APIs using basic SQL commands. Steampipe is an open-source project enabling contributors to develop the project further.
Steampipe currently provides the following plugins and modules for Alibaba Cloud:
brew tap turbot/tap
brew install steampipeto install Steampipe
Note: You can run
steampipe -v to check the installed version.
Note: Alibaba Cloud credentials (Access Key and Secret Key) are required to configure Steampipe. Make sure you have these available before continuing with this guide.
steampipe plugin install alicloudto install the Alibaba Cloud plugin
Steampipe is an easy-to-use tool that can reduce your burden in auditing your Alibaba Cloud infrastructure. It is also possible to extend the Steampipe functionality to check the infrastructure for CIS benchmark rules.
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