[ aws . pricing ]



Returns the metadata for one service or a list of the metadata for all services. Use this without a service code to get the service codes for all services. Use it with a service code, such as AmazonEC2 , to get information specific to that service, such as the attribute names available for that service. For example, some of the attribute names available for EC2 are volumeType , maxIopsVolume , operation , locationType , and instanceCapacity10xlarge .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.

describe-services 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: Services


[--service-code <value>]
[--format-version <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--service-code (string)

The code for the service whose information you want to retrieve, such as AmazonEC2 . You can use the ServiceCode to filter the results in a GetProducts call. To retrieve a list of all services, leave this blank.

--format-version (string)

The format version that you want the response to be in.

Valid values are: aws_v1

--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 retrieve service metadata

This example retrieves the metadata for the Amazon EC2 service code.


aws pricing describe-services --service-code AmazonEC2 --format-version aws_v1 --max-items 1


  "Services": [
          "ServiceCode": "AmazonEC2",
          "AttributeNames": [
  "FormatVersion": "aws_v1"


Services -> (list)

The service metadata for the service or services in the response.


The metadata for a service, such as the service code and available attribute names.

ServiceCode -> (string)

The code for the AWS service.

AttributeNames -> (list)

The attributes that are available for this service.


FormatVersion -> (string)

The format version of the response. For example, aws_v1 .

NextToken -> (string)

The pagination token for the next set of retreivable results.