[ aws . opsworks ]



Requests a description of a specified set of apps.


This call accepts only one resource-identifying parameter.

Required Permissions : To use this action, an IAM user must have a Show, Deploy, or Manage permissions level for the stack, or an attached policy that explicitly grants permissions. For more information about user permissions, see Managing User Permissions .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


[--stack-id <value>]
[--app-ids <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--stack-id (string)

The app stack ID. If you use this parameter, DescribeApps returns a description of the apps in the specified stack.

--app-ids (list)

An array of app IDs for the apps to be described. If you use this parameter, DescribeApps returns a description of the specified apps. Otherwise, it returns a description of every app.



"string" "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.

--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 describe apps

The following describe-apps command describes the apps in a specified stack.

aws opsworks --region us-east-1 describe-apps --stack-id 38ee91e2-abdc-4208-a107-0b7168b3cc7a

Output: This particular stack has one app.

  "Apps": [
      "StackId": "38ee91e2-abdc-4208-a107-0b7168b3cc7a",
      "AppSource": {
        "Url": "https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/opsworks-tomcat/simplejsp.zip",
        "Type": "archive"
      "Name": "SimpleJSP",
      "EnableSsl": false,
      "SslConfiguration": {},
      "AppId": "da1decc1-0dff-43ea-ad7c-bb667cd87c8b",
      "Attributes": {
        "RailsEnv": null,
        "AutoBundleOnDeploy": "true",
        "DocumentRoot": "ROOT"
      "Shortname": "simplejsp",
      "Type": "other",
      "CreatedAt": "2013-08-01T21:46:54+00:00"

More Information

For more information, see Apps in the AWS OpsWorks User Guide.


Apps -> (list)

An array of App objects that describe the specified apps.


A description of the app.

AppId -> (string)

The app ID.

StackId -> (string)

The app stack ID.

Shortname -> (string)

The app’s short name.

Name -> (string)

The app name.

Description -> (string)

A description of the app.

DataSources -> (list)

The app’s data sources.


Describes an app’s data source.

Type -> (string)

The data source’s type, AutoSelectOpsworksMysqlInstance , OpsworksMysqlInstance , RdsDbInstance , or None .

Arn -> (string)

The data source’s ARN.

DatabaseName -> (string)

The database name.

Type -> (string)

The app type.

AppSource -> (structure)

A Source object that describes the app repository.

Type -> (string)

The repository type.

Url -> (string)

The source URL. The following is an example of an Amazon S3 source URL: https://s3.amazonaws.com/opsworks-demo-bucket/opsworks_cookbook_demo.tar.gz .

Username -> (string)

This parameter depends on the repository type.

  • For Amazon S3 bundles, set Username to the appropriate IAM access key ID.

  • For HTTP bundles, Git repositories, and Subversion repositories, set Username to the user name.

Password -> (string)

When included in a request, the parameter depends on the repository type.

  • For Amazon S3 bundles, set Password to the appropriate IAM secret access key.

  • For HTTP bundles and Subversion repositories, set Password to the password.

For more information on how to safely handle IAM credentials, see https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/aws-access-keys-best-practices.html .

In responses, AWS OpsWorks Stacks returns *****FILTERED***** instead of the actual value.

SshKey -> (string)

In requests, the repository’s SSH key.

In responses, AWS OpsWorks Stacks returns *****FILTERED***** instead of the actual value.

Revision -> (string)

The application’s version. AWS OpsWorks Stacks enables you to easily deploy new versions of an application. One of the simplest approaches is to have branches or revisions in your repository that represent different versions that can potentially be deployed.

Domains -> (list)

The app vhost settings with multiple domains separated by commas. For example: 'www.example.com, example.com'


EnableSsl -> (boolean)

Whether to enable SSL for the app.

SslConfiguration -> (structure)

An SslConfiguration object with the SSL configuration.

Certificate -> (string)

The contents of the certificate’s domain.crt file.

PrivateKey -> (string)

The private key; the contents of the certificate’s domain.kex file.

Chain -> (string)

Optional. Can be used to specify an intermediate certificate authority key or client authentication.

Attributes -> (map)

The stack attributes.

key -> (string)

value -> (string)

CreatedAt -> (string)

When the app was created.

Environment -> (list)

An array of EnvironmentVariable objects that specify environment variables to be associated with the app. After you deploy the app, these variables are defined on the associated app server instances. For more information, see Environment Variables .


There is no specific limit on the number of environment variables. However, the size of the associated data structure - which includes the variable names, values, and protected flag values - cannot exceed 20 KB. This limit should accommodate most if not all use cases, but if you do exceed it, you will cause an exception (API) with an “Environment: is too large (maximum is 20 KB)” message.


Represents an app’s environment variable.

Key -> (string)

(Required) The environment variable’s name, which can consist of up to 64 characters and must be specified. The name can contain upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and underscores (_), but it must start with a letter or underscore.

Value -> (string)

(Optional) The environment variable’s value, which can be left empty. If you specify a value, it can contain up to 256 characters, which must all be printable.

Secure -> (boolean)

(Optional) Whether the variable’s value will be returned by the DescribeApps action. To conceal an environment variable’s value, set Secure to true . DescribeApps then returns *****FILTERED***** instead of the actual value. The default value for Secure is false .