[ aws . iot ]



Creates a thing record in the registry. If this call is made multiple times using the same thing name and configuration, the call will succeed. If this call is made with the same thing name but different configuration a ResourceAlreadyExistsException is thrown.


This is a control plane operation. See Authorization for information about authorizing control plane actions.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


--thing-name <value>
[--thing-type-name <value>]
[--attribute-payload <value>]
[--billing-group-name <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--thing-name (string)

The name of the thing to create.

You can’t change a thing’s name after you create it. To change a thing’s name, you must create a new thing, give it the new name, and then delete the old thing.

--thing-type-name (string)

The name of the thing type associated with the new thing.

--attribute-payload (structure)

The attribute payload, which consists of up to three name/value pairs in a JSON document. For example:


attributes -> (map)

A JSON string containing up to three key-value pair in JSON format. For example:


key -> (string)

value -> (string)

merge -> (boolean)

Specifies whether the list of attributes provided in the AttributePayload is merged with the attributes stored in the registry, instead of overwriting them.

To remove an attribute, call UpdateThing with an empty attribute value.


The merge attribute is only valid when calling UpdateThing or UpdateThingGroup .

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

  "attributes": {"string": "string"
  "merge": true|false

--billing-group-name (string)

The name of the billing group the thing will be added to.

--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.

--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.


Example 1: To create a thing record in the registry

The following create-thing example creates an entry for a device in the AWS IoT thing registry.

aws iot create-thing \
    --thing-name SampleIoTThing


    "thingName": "SampleIoTThing",
    "thingArn": "arn:aws:iot:us-west-2: 123456789012:thing/SampleIoTThing",
    "thingId": " EXAMPLE1-90ab-cdef-fedc-ba987EXAMPLE "

Example 2: To define a thing that is associated with a thing type

The following create-thing example create a thing that has the specified thing type and its attributes.

aws iot create-thing \
    --thing-name "MyLightBulb" \
    --thing-type-name "LightBulb" \
    --attribute-payload "{"attributes": {"wattage":"75", "model":"123"}}"


    "thingName": "MyLightBulb",
    "thingArn": "arn:aws:iot:us-west-2:123456789012:thing/MyLightBulb",
    "thingId": "40da2e73-c6af-406e-b415-15acae538797"

For more information, see How to Manage Things with the Registry and Thing Types in the AWS IoT Developers Guide.


thingName -> (string)

The name of the new thing.

thingArn -> (string)

The ARN of the new thing.

thingId -> (string)

The thing ID.