[ aws . ec2 ]



Retrieve a JPG-format screenshot of a running instance to help with troubleshooting.

The returned content is Base64-encoded.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


[--dry-run | --no-dry-run]
--instance-id <value>
[--wake-up | --no-wake-up]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--dry-run | --no-dry-run (boolean)

Checks whether you have the required permissions for the action, without actually making the request, and provides an error response. If you have the required permissions, the error response is DryRunOperation . Otherwise, it is UnauthorizedOperation .

--instance-id (string)

The ID of the instance.

--wake-up | --no-wake-up (boolean)

When set to true , acts as keystroke input and wakes up an instance that’s in standby or “sleep” mode.

--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.

--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.

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


To retrieve a screenshot of a running instance

The following get-console-screenshot example retrieves a screenshot of the specified instance in .jpg format. The screenshot is returned as a Base64-encoded string.

aws ec2 get-console-screenshot \
    --instance-id i-1234567890abcdef0


    "ImageData": "997987/8kgj49ikjhewkwwe0008084EXAMPLE",
    "InstanceId": "i-1234567890abcdef0"


ImageData -> (string)

The data that comprises the image.

InstanceId -> (string)

The ID of the instance.