Using Wing Pro with AWS

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Wing Pro is a Python IDE that can be used to develop, test, and debug Python code running on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

This document describes how to configure Wing Pro for AWS. To get started using Wing Pro as your Python IDE, please refer to the tutorial in Wing's Help menu or read the Quickstart Guide.


You will need an AWS instance that has Python installed on it, is running 32-bit or 64-bit Intel Linux, and that you can connect to with SSH. You will need the following in order to configure Wing Pro to use your AWS instance:

(1) The user name and static IP address or DNS name used to connect to the AWS instance. Amazon Lightsail typically uses an IP address while EC2 and other variants of AWS may provide a DNS name as well. The static IP address will work in any case.

(2) The SSH key pair in a *.pem file, as downloaded from AWS.

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Setting up AWS

If you already have an AWS instance to work with, you can skip this section.

Otherwise, Amazon Lightsail is the easiest way to get an AWS instance, in about 5 minutes. You will need to set up an account. Then create a Linux/Unix instance, selecting the OS Only option and the most recent Ubuntu or any other Intel Linux with Python 2 or 3 on it.

While setting up your instance, you can download your SSH key pair under the AWS SSH key pair manager. You'll need this on your local machine, where Wing is running, in order to be able to connect to the instance.

After the instance is created, it will remain in pending state for a minute or so. Once it is up and running, create a static IP address under the Network tab in the AWS Lightsail management area and attach it to your instance.

At this point you have all that is needed to start using Wing Pro with AWS: (1) The SSH key pair that you downloaded, and (2) the user name and IP address, which are shown on the Lightsail instance management page.

Testing the SSH Connection

Before trying to use your new instance from Wing Pro, you may want to first try to connect using ssh or PuTTY's plink.exe on the command line, to make sure your configuration is working. This is not a requirement, however, since you can also connect to AWS using Wing's built-in SSH implementation.


On Linux or macOS using ssh, you need to make your *.pem SSH key pair file readable only by the user running Wing, for example with:

chmod 600 aws.pem

Otherwise, ssh will reject it as potentially compromised.

Once that is done, try connecting as follows, substituting the actual path to your downloaded SSH key pair and your instance's username and IP address or DNS name:

ssh -i /path/to/mykey.pem ubuntu@

You will be asked to add the instance's identity to your known hosts file, which you should do by typing yes. If this is not done, ssh will fail to connect and Wing will also not be able to connect to the instance.


With PuTTY on Windows, you will need to first convert the SSH key to a format that PuTTY can use. This is done by launching puttygen, pressing the Load button to read the *.pem SSH key file you downloaded from the AWS management site, and then using Save Private Key to write a *.ppk file.

Then you invoke plink.exe to connect to the AWS instance as follows, substituting in the actual path to your downloaded SSH key pair and the correct username and IP address or DNS name for the AWS instance:

plink.exe -i C:\path\to\mykey.ppk ubuntu@

You will be asked to accept the AWS instance's identity the first time you connect, and this must be done before Wing's remote development support will work with the AWS instance.

Built-in SSH Implementation

If you don't have ssh or PuTTY, you can also just use Wing's built-in SSH implementation. You will need to know the full path to your AWS .pem private key file and also the username and host's IP address. Once you have these, proceed to the next section to configure your connection to AWS in Wing.

Creating a Wing Project

Now you're ready to create a project in Wing Pro. This is done with New Project from the Project menu. From the Host menu at the top of the first page in the New Project dialog, select Create Configuration.

This displays the New Remote Host dialog where you can configure Wing to connect to AWS. Select AWS for the Remote Host Type. Then enter an identifier for the remote host (any short string to identify it in Wing's UI) and the user name and IP address or DNS name used to connect to the AWS instance.

In most cases Python Executable should be Use default, which first tries python3 and then python. If Python is not on the PATH on your AWS instance or you want to specify a particular Python executable or activate a virtual environment, you can do this here.

You will also need to point Wing at the SSH key file you downloaded from AWS earlier. This is done under the Options tab of the New Project dialog, using the Private Key field. Select Use private key file and enter the full path to your downloaded SSH key.

Pressing OK in the New Remote Host dialog will create the remote host configuration, so Wing can already connect to your AWS instance. Form here you can select or create your source directory on the AWS instance, and choose or create the Python environment to use. See Creating a Project for details.

After pressing Create Project in the New Project dialog, Wing will configured a new untitled project. You can save it to local disk from the Project menu.

Testing a Hello World

To try out a simple example of editing and debugging code on the remote AWS instance, create a file temporarily on the instance. This is done by right-clicking on one of the directories in the Project tool in Wing Pro and selecting Create New File. Enter the file name (in some key bindings this is in the data entry area at the bottom of Wing's window) and then type or paste the following into the new file:

import time
print("Hello World! {}".format(time.time()))

After saving the file, set a breakpoint on the second line by clicking on the leftmost margin in the editor. Then select Start/Continue from the Debug menu to start debug, or use the green play icon play in the toolbar.

There is a slight delay to get the process started, depending on your network distance from the AWS instance, but then you should see Wing stop on the breakpoint. Although there's not much to see in this context, you can check that it's working by entering the following into the Debug Console tool:


Once you continue debugging, the process will exit and print its "Hello World" message to Wing's Debug I/O tool.

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