[ aws . rds ]



Returns events related to DB instances, DB security groups, DB snapshots, and DB parameter groups for the past 14 days. Events specific to a particular DB instance, DB security group, database snapshot, or DB parameter group can be obtained by providing the name as a parameter. By default, the past hour of events are returned.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.

describe-events 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: Events


[--source-identifier <value>]
[--source-type <value>]
[--start-time <value>]
[--end-time <value>]
[--duration <value>]
[--event-categories <value>]
[--filters <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--source-identifier (string)

The identifier of the event source for which events are returned. If not specified, then all sources are included in the response.


  • If SourceIdentifier is supplied, SourceType must also be provided.

  • If the source type is DBInstance , then a DBInstanceIdentifier must be supplied.

  • If the source type is DBSecurityGroup , a DBSecurityGroupName must be supplied.

  • If the source type is DBParameterGroup , a DBParameterGroupName must be supplied.

  • If the source type is DBSnapshot , a DBSnapshotIdentifier must be supplied.

  • Can’t end with a hyphen or contain two consecutive hyphens.

--source-type (string)

The event source to retrieve events for. If no value is specified, all events are returned.

Possible values:

  • db-instance

  • db-parameter-group

  • db-security-group

  • db-snapshot

  • db-cluster

  • db-cluster-snapshot

--start-time (timestamp)

The beginning of the time interval to retrieve events for, specified in ISO 8601 format. For more information about ISO 8601, go to the ISO8601 Wikipedia page.

Example: 2009-07-08T18:00Z

--end-time (timestamp)

The end of the time interval for which to retrieve events, specified in ISO 8601 format. For more information about ISO 8601, go to the ISO8601 Wikipedia page.

Example: 2009-07-08T18:00Z

--duration (integer)

The number of minutes to retrieve events for.

Default: 60

--event-categories (list)

A list of event categories that trigger notifications for a event notification subscription.



"string" "string" ...

--filters (list)

This parameter isn’t currently supported.


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", ...]

--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 events

The following describe-events example retrieves details for the events that have occurred for the specified DB instance.

aws rds describe-events \
    --source-identifier test-instance \
    --source-type db-instance


    "Events": [
            "SourceType": "db-instance",
            "SourceIdentifier": "test-instance",
            "EventCategories": [
            "Message": "Backing up DB instance",
            "Date": "2018-07-31T23:09:23.983Z",
            "SourceArn": "arn:aws:rds:us-east-1:123456789012:db:test-instance"
            "SourceType": "db-instance",
            "SourceIdentifier": "test-instance",
            "EventCategories": [
            "Message": "Finished DB Instance backup",
            "Date": "2018-07-31T23:15:13.049Z",
            "SourceArn": "arn:aws:rds:us-east-1:123456789012:db:test-instance"


Marker -> (string)

An optional pagination token provided by a previous Events request. If this parameter is specified, the response includes only records beyond the marker, up to the value specified by MaxRecords .

Events -> (list)

A list of Event instances.


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

SourceIdentifier -> (string)

Provides the identifier for the source of the event.

SourceType -> (string)

Specifies the source type for this event.

Message -> (string)

Provides the text of this event.

EventCategories -> (list)

Specifies the category for the event.


Date -> (timestamp)

Specifies the date and time of the event.

SourceArn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the event.