[ aws . docdb ]



Returns information about provisioned Amazon DocumentDB clusters. This API operation supports pagination. For certain management features such as cluster and instance lifecycle management, Amazon DocumentDB leverages operational technology that is shared with Amazon RDS and Amazon Neptune. Use the filterName=engine,Values=docdb filter parameter to return only Amazon DocumentDB clusters.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.

describe-db-clusters is a paginated operation. Multiple API calls may be issued in order to retrieve the entire data set of results. You can disable pagination by providing the --no-paginate argument. When using --output text and the --query argument on a paginated response, the --query argument must extract data from the results of the following query expressions: DBClusters


[--db-cluster-identifier <value>]
[--filters <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--db-cluster-identifier (string)

The user-provided cluster identifier. If this parameter is specified, information from only the specific cluster is returned. This parameter isn’t case sensitive.


  • If provided, must match an existing DBClusterIdentifier .

--filters (list)

A filter that specifies one or more clusters to describe.

Supported filters:

  • db-cluster-id - Accepts cluster identifiers and cluster Amazon Resource Names (ARNs). The results list only includes information about the clusters identified by these ARNs.


A named set of filter values, used to return a more specific list of results. You can use a filter to match a set of resources by specific criteria, such as IDs.

Wildcards are not supported in filters.

Name -> (string)

The name of the filter. Filter names are case sensitive.

Values -> (list)

One or more filter values. Filter values are case sensitive.


Shorthand Syntax:

Name=string,Values=string,string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Name": "string",
    "Values": ["string", ...]

--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml (string) Reads arguments from the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, those values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally. This may not be specified along with --cli-input-yaml.

--starting-token (string)

A token to specify where to start paginating. This is the NextToken from a previously truncated response.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--page-size (integer)

The size of each page to get in the AWS service call. This does not affect the number of items returned in the command’s output. Setting a smaller page size results in more calls to the AWS service, retrieving fewer items in each call. This can help prevent the AWS service calls from timing out.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--max-items (integer)

The total number of items to return in the command’s output. If the total number of items available is more than the value specified, a NextToken is provided in the command’s output. To resume pagination, provide the NextToken value in the starting-token argument of a subsequent command. Do not use the NextToken response element directly outside of the AWS CLI.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. Similarly, if provided yaml-input it will print a sample input YAML that can be used with --cli-input-yaml. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.

--cli-auto-prompt (boolean) Automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


To get detailed information about one or more Amazon DocumentDB clusters.

The following describe-db-clusters example displays details for the Amazon DocumentDB cluster sample-cluster. By omitting the --db-cluster-identifier parameter you can get information of up to 100 clusters.

aws docdb describe-db-clusters
    --db-cluster-identifier sample-cluster


    "DBClusters": [
            "DBClusterParameterGroup": "default.docdb3.6",
            "Endpoint": "sample-cluster.cluster-corcjozrlsfc.us-west-2.docdb.amazonaws.com",
            "PreferredBackupWindow": "00:00-00:30",
            "DBClusterIdentifier": "sample-cluster",
            "ClusterCreateTime": "2019-03-15T20:29:58.836Z",
            "LatestRestorableTime": "2019-03-18T20:28:03.239Z",
            "MasterUsername": "master-user",
            "DBClusterMembers": [
                    "PromotionTier": 1,
                    "DBClusterParameterGroupStatus": "in-sync",
                    "IsClusterWriter": false,
                    "DBInstanceIdentifier": "sample-cluster"
                    "PromotionTier": 1,
                    "DBClusterParameterGroupStatus": "in-sync",
                    "IsClusterWriter": true,
                    "DBInstanceIdentifier": "sample-cluster2"
            "PreferredMaintenanceWindow": "sat:04:30-sat:05:00",
            "VpcSecurityGroups": [
                    "VpcSecurityGroupId": "sg-77186e0d",
                    "Status": "active"
            "Engine": "docdb",
            "ReaderEndpoint": "sample-cluster.cluster-ro-corcjozrlsfc.us-west-2.docdb.amazonaws.com",
            "DBSubnetGroup": "default",
            "MultiAZ": true,
            "AvailabilityZones": [
            "EarliestRestorableTime": "2019-03-15T20:30:47.020Z",
            "DbClusterResourceId": "cluster-UP4EF2PVDDFVHHDJQTYDAIGHLE",
            "DBClusterArn": "arn:aws:rds:us-west-2:123456789012:cluster:sample-cluster",
            "BackupRetentionPeriod": 3,
            "HostedZoneId": "ZNKXH85TT8WVW",
            "StorageEncrypted": false,
            "EnabledCloudwatchLogsExports": [
            "AssociatedRoles": [],
            "EngineVersion": "3.6.0",
            "Port": 27017,
            "Status": "available"

For more information, see Describing Amazon DocumentDB Clusters in the Amazon DocumentDB Developer Guide.


Marker -> (string)

An optional pagination token provided by a previous request. If this parameter is specified, the response includes only records beyond the marker, up to the value specified by MaxRecords .

DBClusters -> (list)

A list of clusters.


Detailed information about a cluster.

AvailabilityZones -> (list)

Provides the list of Amazon EC2 Availability Zones that instances in the cluster can be created in.


BackupRetentionPeriod -> (integer)

Specifies the number of days for which automatic snapshots are retained.

DBClusterIdentifier -> (string)

Contains a user-supplied cluster identifier. This identifier is the unique key that identifies a cluster.

DBClusterParameterGroup -> (string)

Specifies the name of the cluster parameter group for the cluster.

DBSubnetGroup -> (string)

Specifies information on the subnet group that is associated with the cluster, including the name, description, and subnets in the subnet group.

Status -> (string)

Specifies the current state of this cluster.

PercentProgress -> (string)

Specifies the progress of the operation as a percentage.

EarliestRestorableTime -> (timestamp)

The earliest time to which a database can be restored with point-in-time restore.

Endpoint -> (string)

Specifies the connection endpoint for the primary instance of the cluster.

ReaderEndpoint -> (string)

The reader endpoint for the cluster. The reader endpoint for a cluster load balances connections across the Amazon DocumentDB replicas that are available in a cluster. As clients request new connections to the reader endpoint, Amazon DocumentDB distributes the connection requests among the Amazon DocumentDB replicas in the cluster. This functionality can help balance your read workload across multiple Amazon DocumentDB replicas in your cluster.

If a failover occurs, and the Amazon DocumentDB replica that you are connected to is promoted to be the primary instance, your connection is dropped. To continue sending your read workload to other Amazon DocumentDB replicas in the cluster, you can then reconnect to the reader endpoint.

MultiAZ -> (boolean)

Specifies whether the cluster has instances in multiple Availability Zones.

Engine -> (string)

Provides the name of the database engine to be used for this cluster.

EngineVersion -> (string)

Indicates the database engine version.

LatestRestorableTime -> (timestamp)

Specifies the latest time to which a database can be restored with point-in-time restore.

Port -> (integer)

Specifies the port that the database engine is listening on.

MasterUsername -> (string)

Contains the master user name for the cluster.

PreferredBackupWindow -> (string)

Specifies the daily time range during which automated backups are created if automated backups are enabled, as determined by the BackupRetentionPeriod .

PreferredMaintenanceWindow -> (string)

Specifies the weekly time range during which system maintenance can occur, in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

DBClusterMembers -> (list)

Provides the list of instances that make up the cluster.


Contains information about an instance that is part of a cluster.

DBInstanceIdentifier -> (string)

Specifies the instance identifier for this member of the cluster.

IsClusterWriter -> (boolean)

A value that is true if the cluster member is the primary instance for the cluster and false otherwise.

DBClusterParameterGroupStatus -> (string)

Specifies the status of the cluster parameter group for this member of the DB cluster.

PromotionTier -> (integer)

A value that specifies the order in which an Amazon DocumentDB replica is promoted to the primary instance after a failure of the existing primary instance.

VpcSecurityGroups -> (list)

Provides a list of virtual private cloud (VPC) security groups that the cluster belongs to.


Used as a response element for queries on virtual private cloud (VPC) security group membership.

VpcSecurityGroupId -> (string)

The name of the VPC security group.

Status -> (string)

The status of the VPC security group.

HostedZoneId -> (string)

Specifies the ID that Amazon Route 53 assigns when you create a hosted zone.

StorageEncrypted -> (boolean)

Specifies whether the cluster is encrypted.

KmsKeyId -> (string)

If StorageEncrypted is true , the AWS KMS key identifier for the encrypted cluster.

DbClusterResourceId -> (string)

The AWS Region-unique, immutable identifier for the cluster. This identifier is found in AWS CloudTrail log entries whenever the AWS KMS key for the cluster is accessed.

DBClusterArn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the cluster.

AssociatedRoles -> (list)

Provides a list of the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles that are associated with the cluster. IAM roles that are associated with a cluster grant permission for the cluster to access other AWS services on your behalf.


Describes an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) role that is associated with a cluster.

RoleArn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the IAM role that is associated with the DB cluster.

Status -> (string)

Describes the state of association between the IAM role and the cluster. The Status property returns one of the following values:

  • ACTIVE - The IAM role ARN is associated with the cluster and can be used to access other AWS services on your behalf.

  • PENDING - The IAM role ARN is being associated with the DB cluster.

  • INVALID - The IAM role ARN is associated with the cluster, but the cluster cannot assume the IAM role to access other AWS services on your behalf.

ClusterCreateTime -> (timestamp)

Specifies the time when the cluster was created, in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

EnabledCloudwatchLogsExports -> (list)

A list of log types that this cluster is configured to export to Amazon CloudWatch Logs.


DeletionProtection -> (boolean)

Specifies whether this cluster can be deleted. If DeletionProtection is enabled, the cluster cannot be deleted unless it is modified and DeletionProtection is disabled. DeletionProtection protects clusters from being accidentally deleted.