[ aws . rds ]



Returns information about DB snapshots. This API action supports pagination.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.

describe-db-snapshots 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: DBSnapshots


[--db-instance-identifier <value>]
[--db-snapshot-identifier <value>]
[--snapshot-type <value>]
[--filters <value>]
[--include-shared | --no-include-shared]
[--include-public | --no-include-public]
[--dbi-resource-id <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-instance-identifier (string)

The ID of the DB instance to retrieve the list of DB snapshots for. This parameter can’t be used in conjunction with DBSnapshotIdentifier . This parameter isn’t case-sensitive.


  • If supplied, must match the identifier of an existing DBInstance.

--db-snapshot-identifier (string)

A specific DB snapshot identifier to describe. This parameter can’t be used in conjunction with DBInstanceIdentifier . This value is stored as a lowercase string.


  • If supplied, must match the identifier of an existing DBSnapshot.

  • If this identifier is for an automated snapshot, the SnapshotType parameter must also be specified.

--snapshot-type (string)

The type of snapshots to be returned. You can specify one of the following values:

  • automated - Return all DB snapshots that have been automatically taken by Amazon RDS for my AWS account.

  • manual - Return all DB snapshots that have been taken by my AWS account.

  • shared - Return all manual DB snapshots that have been shared to my AWS account.

  • public - Return all DB snapshots that have been marked as public.

  • awsbackup - Return the DB snapshots managed by the AWS Backup service. For information about AWS Backup, see the ` AWS Backup Developer Guide. https://docs.aws.amazon.com/aws-backup/latest/devguide/whatisbackup.html`__ The awsbackup type does not apply to Aurora.

If you don’t specify a SnapshotType value, then both automated and manual snapshots are returned. Shared and public DB snapshots are not included in the returned results by default. You can include shared snapshots with these results by enabling the IncludeShared parameter. You can include public snapshots with these results by enabling the IncludePublic parameter.

The IncludeShared and IncludePublic parameters don’t apply for SnapshotType values of manual or automated . The IncludePublic parameter doesn’t apply when SnapshotType is set to shared . The IncludeShared parameter doesn’t apply when SnapshotType is set to public .

--filters (list)

A filter that specifies one or more DB snapshots to describe.

Supported filters:

  • db-instance-id - Accepts DB instance identifiers and DB instance Amazon Resource Names (ARNs).

  • db-snapshot-id - Accepts DB snapshot identifiers.

  • dbi-resource-id - Accepts identifiers of source DB instances.

  • snapshot-type - Accepts types of DB snapshots.

  • engine - Accepts names of database engines.


A filter name and value pair that is used to return a more specific list of results from a describe operation. Filters can be used to match a set of resources by specific criteria, such as IDs. The filters supported by a describe operation are documented with the describe operation.


Currently, wildcards are not supported in filters.

The following actions can be filtered:

  • DescribeDBClusterBacktracks

  • DescribeDBClusterEndpoints

  • DescribeDBClusters

  • DescribeDBInstances

  • DescribePendingMaintenanceActions

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", ...]

--include-shared | --no-include-shared (boolean)

A value that indicates whether to include shared manual DB cluster snapshots from other AWS accounts that this AWS account has been given permission to copy or restore. By default, these snapshots are not included.

You can give an AWS account permission to restore a manual DB snapshot from another AWS account by using the ModifyDBSnapshotAttribute API action.

--include-public | --no-include-public (boolean)

A value that indicates whether to include manual DB cluster snapshots that are public and can be copied or restored by any AWS account. By default, the public snapshots are not included.

You can share a manual DB snapshot as public by using the ModifyDBSnapshotAttribute API.

--dbi-resource-id (string)

A specific DB resource ID to describe.

--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 describe a DB snapshot for a DB instance

The following describe-db-snapshots example retrieves the details of a DB snapshot for a DB instance.

aws rds describe-db-snapshots \
    --db-snapshot-identifier mydbsnapshot


    "DBSnapshots": [
            "DBSnapshotIdentifier": "mydbsnapshot",
            "DBInstanceIdentifier": "mysqldb",
            "SnapshotCreateTime": "2018-02-08T22:28:08.598Z",
            "Engine": "mysql",
            "AllocatedStorage": 20,
            "Status": "available",
            "Port": 3306,
            "AvailabilityZone": "us-east-1f",
            "VpcId": "vpc-6594f31c",
            "InstanceCreateTime": "2018-02-08T22:24:55.973Z",
            "MasterUsername": "mysqladmin",
            "EngineVersion": "5.6.37",
            "LicenseModel": "general-public-license",
            "SnapshotType": "manual",
            "OptionGroupName": "default:mysql-5-6",
            "PercentProgress": 100,
            "StorageType": "gp2",
            "Encrypted": false,
            "DBSnapshotArn": "arn:aws:rds:us-east-1:123456789012:snapshot:mydbsnapshot",
            "IAMDatabaseAuthenticationEnabled": false,
            "ProcessorFeatures": [],
            "DbiResourceId": "db-AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE"

For more information, see Creating a DB Snapshot in the Amazon RDS User 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 .

DBSnapshots -> (list)

A list of DBSnapshot instances.


Contains the details of an Amazon RDS DB snapshot.

This data type is used as a response element in the DescribeDBSnapshots action.

DBSnapshotIdentifier -> (string)

Specifies the identifier for the DB snapshot.

DBInstanceIdentifier -> (string)

Specifies the DB instance identifier of the DB instance this DB snapshot was created from.

SnapshotCreateTime -> (timestamp)

Specifies when the snapshot was taken in Coodinated Universal Time (UTC).

Engine -> (string)

Specifies the name of the database engine.

AllocatedStorage -> (integer)

Specifies the allocated storage size in gibibytes (GiB).

Status -> (string)

Specifies the status of this DB snapshot.

Port -> (integer)

Specifies the port that the database engine was listening on at the time of the snapshot.

AvailabilityZone -> (string)

Specifies the name of the Availability Zone the DB instance was located in at the time of the DB snapshot.

VpcId -> (string)

Provides the VPC ID associated with the DB snapshot.

InstanceCreateTime -> (timestamp)

Specifies the time in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) when the DB instance, from which the snapshot was taken, was created.

MasterUsername -> (string)

Provides the master username for the DB snapshot.

EngineVersion -> (string)

Specifies the version of the database engine.

LicenseModel -> (string)

License model information for the restored DB instance.

SnapshotType -> (string)

Provides the type of the DB snapshot.

Iops -> (integer)

Specifies the Provisioned IOPS (I/O operations per second) value of the DB instance at the time of the snapshot.

OptionGroupName -> (string)

Provides the option group name for the DB snapshot.

PercentProgress -> (integer)

The percentage of the estimated data that has been transferred.

SourceRegion -> (string)

The AWS Region that the DB snapshot was created in or copied from.

SourceDBSnapshotIdentifier -> (string)

The DB snapshot Amazon Resource Name (ARN) that the DB snapshot was copied from. It only has value in case of cross-customer or cross-region copy.

StorageType -> (string)

Specifies the storage type associated with DB snapshot.

TdeCredentialArn -> (string)

The ARN from the key store with which to associate the instance for TDE encryption.

Encrypted -> (boolean)

Specifies whether the DB snapshot is encrypted.

KmsKeyId -> (string)

If Encrypted is true, the AWS KMS key identifier for the encrypted DB snapshot.

DBSnapshotArn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the DB snapshot.

Timezone -> (string)

The time zone of the DB snapshot. In most cases, the Timezone element is empty. Timezone content appears only for snapshots taken from Microsoft SQL Server DB instances that were created with a time zone specified.

IAMDatabaseAuthenticationEnabled -> (boolean)

True if mapping of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) accounts to database accounts is enabled, and otherwise false.

ProcessorFeatures -> (list)

The number of CPU cores and the number of threads per core for the DB instance class of the DB instance when the DB snapshot was created.


Contains the processor features of a DB instance class.

To specify the number of CPU cores, use the coreCount feature name for the Name parameter. To specify the number of threads per core, use the threadsPerCore feature name for the Name parameter.

You can set the processor features of the DB instance class for a DB instance when you call one of the following actions:

  • CreateDBInstance

  • ModifyDBInstance

  • RestoreDBInstanceFromDBSnapshot

  • RestoreDBInstanceFromS3

  • RestoreDBInstanceToPointInTime

You can view the valid processor values for a particular instance class by calling the DescribeOrderableDBInstanceOptions action and specifying the instance class for the DBInstanceClass parameter.

In addition, you can use the following actions for DB instance class processor information:

  • DescribeDBInstances

  • DescribeDBSnapshots

  • DescribeValidDBInstanceModifications

For more information, see Configuring the Processor of the DB Instance Class in the Amazon RDS User Guide.

Name -> (string)

The name of the processor feature. Valid names are coreCount and threadsPerCore .

Value -> (string)

The value of a processor feature name.

DbiResourceId -> (string)

The identifier for the source DB instance, which can’t be changed and which is unique to an AWS Region.