[ aws . dynamodb ]



List backups associated with an AWS account. To list backups for a given table, specify TableName . ListBackups returns a paginated list of results with at most 1 MB worth of items in a page. You can also specify a limit for the maximum number of entries to be returned in a page.

In the request, start time is inclusive, but end time is exclusive. Note that these limits are for the time at which the original backup was requested.

You can call ListBackups a maximum of five times per second.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.

list-backups 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: BackupSummaries


[--table-name <value>]
[--time-range-lower-bound <value>]
[--time-range-upper-bound <value>]
[--backup-type <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--table-name (string)

The backups from the table specified by TableName are listed.

--time-range-lower-bound (timestamp)

Only backups created after this time are listed. TimeRangeLowerBound is inclusive.

--time-range-upper-bound (timestamp)

Only backups created before this time are listed. TimeRangeUpperBound is exclusive.

--backup-type (string)

The backups from the table specified by BackupType are listed.

Where BackupType can be:

  • USER - On-demand backup created by you.

  • SYSTEM - On-demand backup automatically created by DynamoDB.

  • ALL - All types of on-demand backups (USER and SYSTEM).

Possible values:

  • USER



  • ALL

--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 list existing DynamoDB backups

The following list-backups example lists all of your existing backups.

aws dynamodb list-backups


    "BackupSummaries": [
            "TableName": "MusicCollection",
            "TableId": "b0c04bcc-309b-4352-b2ae-9088af169fe2",
            "TableArn": "arn:aws:dynamodb:us-west-2:123456789012:table/MusicCollection",
            "BackupArn": "arn:aws:dynamodb:us-west-2:123456789012:table/MusicCollection/backup/01576616366715-b4e58d3a",
            "BackupName": "MusicCollectionBackup",
            "BackupCreationDateTime": 1576616366.715,
            "BackupStatus": "AVAILABLE",
            "BackupType": "USER",
            "BackupSizeBytes": 0

For more information, see On-Demand Backup and Restore for DynamoDB in the Amazon DynamoDB Developer Guide.


BackupSummaries -> (list)

List of BackupSummary objects.


Contains details for the backup.

TableName -> (string)

Name of the table.

TableId -> (string)

Unique identifier for the table.

TableArn -> (string)

ARN associated with the table.

BackupArn -> (string)

ARN associated with the backup.

BackupName -> (string)

Name of the specified backup.

BackupCreationDateTime -> (timestamp)

Time at which the backup was created.

BackupExpiryDateTime -> (timestamp)

Time at which the automatic on-demand backup created by DynamoDB will expire. This SYSTEM on-demand backup expires automatically 35 days after its creation.

BackupStatus -> (string)

Backup can be in one of the following states: CREATING, ACTIVE, DELETED.

BackupType -> (string)


  • USER - You create and manage these using the on-demand backup feature.

  • SYSTEM - If you delete a table with point-in-time recovery enabled, a SYSTEM backup is automatically created and is retained for 35 days (at no additional cost). System backups allow you to restore the deleted table to the state it was in just before the point of deletion.

  • AWS_BACKUP - On-demand backup created by you from AWS Backup service.

BackupSizeBytes -> (long)

Size of the backup in bytes.

LastEvaluatedBackupArn -> (string)

The ARN of the backup last evaluated when the current page of results was returned, inclusive of the current page of results. This value may be specified as the ExclusiveStartBackupArn of a new ListBackups operation in order to fetch the next page of results.

If LastEvaluatedBackupArn is empty, then the last page of results has been processed and there are no more results to be retrieved.

If LastEvaluatedBackupArn is not empty, this may or may not indicate that there is more data to be returned. All results are guaranteed to have been returned if and only if no value for LastEvaluatedBackupArn is returned.