Boto3: NoRegionError


Read on if your boto3 code is throwing this error:

botocore.exceptions.NoRegionError: You must specify a region.

But first, two reasons why you might only get this error in some situations:

  • AWS lambda sets the region automatically. Code that works in lambda may still throw NoRegionError locally.
  • Some AWS services are global (don’t have regions). Like S3:
    import boto3
    s3 = boto3.resource('s3')
    bucket = s3.Bucket('my-buycket')
    for object in bucket.objects.all():

    This code will work without setting a region.

Those are edge cases. You’ll usually get a NoRegionError unless you set a region. Like from this script on a laptop (it would work in lambda):

import boto3

cloudformation = boto3.client('cloudformation')

The docs have all the details of setting a region, but the cheap and easy answer is to add this to the top of your ~/.aws/config file (create it if it doesn’t exist):

region = us-west-2

This sets us-west-2 as an example. Replace that with the region you’re using.

There are more robust options and as you get farther with boto3 I recommend checking out the details in the link above, but this should get you moving again.

Happy automating!


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