[ aws . storagegateway ]



Returns a description of the specified Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of virtual tapes. If a TapeARN is not specified, returns a description of all virtual tapes associated with the specified gateway. This operation is only supported in the tape gateway type.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.

describe-tapes 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: Tapes


--gateway-arn <value>
[--tape-arns <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--gateway-arn (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the gateway. Use the ListGateways operation to return a list of gateways for your account and AWS Region.

--tape-arns (list)

Specifies one or more unique Amazon Resource Names (ARNs) that represent the virtual tapes you want to describe. If this parameter is not specified, Tape gateway returns a description of all virtual tapes associated with the specified gateway.



"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.

--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.


Tapes -> (list)

An array of virtual tape descriptions.


Describes a virtual tape object.

TapeARN -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the virtual tape.

TapeBarcode -> (string)

The barcode that identifies a specific virtual tape.

TapeCreatedDate -> (timestamp)

The date the virtual tape was created.

TapeSizeInBytes -> (long)

The size, in bytes, of the virtual tape capacity.

TapeStatus -> (string)

The current state of the virtual tape.

VTLDevice -> (string)

The virtual tape library (VTL) device that the virtual tape is associated with.

Progress -> (double)

For archiving virtual tapes, indicates how much data remains to be uploaded before archiving is complete.

Range: 0 (not started) to 100 (complete).

TapeUsedInBytes -> (long)

The size, in bytes, of data stored on the virtual tape.


This value is not available for tapes created prior to May 13, 2015.

KMSKey -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of a symmetric customer master key (CMK) used for Amazon S3 server-side encryption. Storage Gateway does not support asymmetric CMKs. This value can only be set when KMSEncrypted is true . Optional.

PoolId -> (string)

The ID of the pool that contains tapes that will be archived. The tapes in this pool are archived in the S3 storage class that is associated with the pool. When you use your backup application to eject the tape, the tape is archived directly into the storage class (S3 Glacier or S3 Glacier Deep Archive) that corresponds to the pool.


Marker -> (string)

An opaque string which can be used as part of a subsequent DescribeTapes call to retrieve the next page of results.

If a response does not contain a marker, then there are no more results to be retrieved.