[ aws . resource-groups ]



Returns a list of AWS resource identifiers that matches a specified query. The query uses the same format as a resource query in a CreateGroup or UpdateGroupQuery operation.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.

search-resources 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: ResourceIdentifiers


--resource-query <value>
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--resource-query (structure)

The search query, using the same formats that are supported for resource group definition.

Type -> (string)

The type of the query. The valid values in this release are TAG_FILTERS_1_0 and CLOUDFORMATION_STACK_1_0 .

  • TAG_FILTERS_1_0: * A JSON syntax that lets you specify a collection of simple tag filters for resource types and tags, as supported by the AWS Tagging API GetResources operation. If you specify more than one tag key, only resources that match all tag keys, and at least one value of each specified tag key, are returned in your query. If you specify more than one value for a tag key, a resource matches the filter if it has a tag key value that matches any of the specified values.

For example, consider the following sample query for resources that have two tags, Stage and Version , with two values each. ([{"Key":"Stage","Values":["Test","Deploy"]},{"Key":"Version","Values":["1","2"]}] ) The results of this query might include the following.

  • An EC2 instance that has the following two tags: {"Key":"Stage","Value":"Deploy"} , and {"Key":"Version","Value":"2"}

  • An S3 bucket that has the following two tags: {“Key”:”Stage”,”Value”:”Test”}, and {“Key”:”Version”,”Value”:”1”}

The query would not return the following results, however. The following EC2 instance does not have all tag keys specified in the filter, so it is rejected. The RDS database has all of the tag keys, but no values that match at least one of the specified tag key values in the filter.

  • An EC2 instance that has only the following tag: {"Key":"Stage","Value":"Deploy"} .

  • An RDS database that has the following two tags: {"Key":"Stage","Value":"Archived"} , and {"Key":"Version","Value":"4"}

  • CLOUDFORMATION_STACK_1_0: * A JSON syntax that lets you specify a CloudFormation stack ARN.

Query -> (string)

The query that defines a group or a search.

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

  "Query": "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 find resources that match a query

The following search-resources example retrieves a list of all AWS resources that match the specified query.

aws resource-groups search-resources \
    --resource-query file://query.json

Contents of query.json:

    "Type": "TAG_FILTERS_1_0",
    "Query": "{\"ResourceTypeFilters\":[\"AWS::EC2::Instance\"],\"TagFilters\":[{\"Key\":\"Patch Group\", \"Values\":[\"Dev\"]}]}"


    "ResourceIdentifiers": [
            "ResourceArn": "arn:aws:ec2:us-west-2:123456789012:instance/i-01a23bc45d67890ef",
            "ResourceType": "AWS::EC2::Instance"


ResourceIdentifiers -> (list)

The ARNs and resource types of resources that are members of the group that you specified.


The ARN of a resource, and its resource type.

ResourceArn -> (string)

The ARN of a resource.

ResourceType -> (string)

The resource type of a resource, such as AWS::EC2::Instance .

NextToken -> (string)

The NextToken value to include in a subsequent SearchResources request, to get more results.

QueryErrors -> (list)

A list of QueryError objects. Each error is an object that contains ErrorCode and Message structures. Possible values for ErrorCode are CLOUDFORMATION_STACK_INACTIVE and CLOUDFORMATION_STACK_NOT_EXISTING .


A two-part error structure that can occur in ListGroupResources or SearchResources operations on CloudFormation stack-based queries. The error occurs if the CloudFormation stack on which the query is based either does not exist, or has a status that renders the stack inactive. A QueryError occurrence does not necessarily mean that AWS Resource Groups could not complete the operation, but the resulting group might have no member resources.

ErrorCode -> (string)


Message -> (string)

A message that explains the ErrorCode value. Messages might state that the specified CloudFormation stack does not exist (or no longer exists). For CLOUDFORMATION_STACK_INACTIVE , the message typically states that the CloudFormation stack has a status that is not (or no longer) active, such as CREATE_FAILED .