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I am trying to write an IAM policy which will control access to EC2 instances. All EC2 instances will have a custom tag called username and only if the tag value matches the logged in user's user name, will that user have access to that EC2 instance. This is what I came up with:


    "Version": "2012-10-12",

    "Statement": [


            "Effect": "Allow",

            "Action": "ec2:*",

            "Resource": "*",

            "Condition": {

                "StringEquals": {

                    "ec2:ResourceTag/username": "arn:aws:iam::account-number-without-hyphens:user/username1"






I am sure you see the problem here. I don't want to hard code the username value on the right-hand side. I want to be able to get that information at runtime or policy evaluation time.

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You can mention the IAM user in the policy documents like this ${aws:username}.

There is a list of other IAM policy variables and their uses here:

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