[ aws . ssm ]



Describes the specified Systems Manager document.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


--name <value>
[--document-version <value>]
[--version-name <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--name (string)

The name of the Systems Manager document.

--document-version (string)

The document version for which you want information. Can be a specific version or the default version.

--version-name (string)

An optional field specifying the version of the artifact associated with the document. For example, “Release 12, Update 6”. This value is unique across all versions of a document, and cannot be changed.

--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 display details of a document

The following describe-document example displays details about a Systems Manager document in your AWS account.

aws ssm describe-document \
    --name "Example"


    "Document": {
        "Hash": "fc2410281f40779e694a8b95975d0f9f316da8a153daa94e3d9921102EXAMPLE",
        "HashType": "Sha256",
        "Name": "Example",
        "Owner": "29884EXAMPLE",
        "CreatedDate": 1583257938.266,
        "Status": "Active",
        "DocumentVersion": "1",
        "Description": "Document Example",
        "Parameters": [
                "Name": "AutomationAssumeRole",
                "Type": "String",
                "Description": "(Required) The ARN of the role that allows Automation to perform the actions on your behalf. If no role is specified, Systems Manager Automation uses your IAM permissions to execute this document.",
                "DefaultValue": ""
                "Name": "InstanceId",
                "Type": "String",
                "Description": "(Required) The ID of the Amazon EC2 instance.",
                "DefaultValue": ""
        "PlatformTypes": [
        "DocumentType": "Automation",
        "SchemaVersion": "0.3",
        "LatestVersion": "1",
        "DefaultVersion": "1",
        "DocumentFormat": "YAML",
        "Tags": []

For more information, see Creating Systems Manager Documents in the AWS Systems Manager User Guide.


Document -> (structure)

Information about the Systems Manager document.

Sha1 -> (string)

The SHA1 hash of the document, which you can use for verification.

Hash -> (string)

The Sha256 or Sha1 hash created by the system when the document was created.


Sha1 hashes have been deprecated.

HashType -> (string)

The hash type of the document. Valid values include Sha256 or Sha1 .


Sha1 hashes have been deprecated.

Name -> (string)

The name of the Systems Manager document.

VersionName -> (string)

The version of the artifact associated with the document.

Owner -> (string)

The AWS user account that created the document.

CreatedDate -> (timestamp)

The date when the document was created.

Status -> (string)

The status of the Systems Manager document.

StatusInformation -> (string)

A message returned by AWS Systems Manager that explains the Status value. For example, a Failed status might be explained by the StatusInformation message, “The specified S3 bucket does not exist. Verify that the URL of the S3 bucket is correct.”

DocumentVersion -> (string)

The document version.

Description -> (string)

A description of the document.

Parameters -> (list)

A description of the parameters for a document.


Parameters specified in a System Manager document that run on the server when the command is run.

Name -> (string)

The name of the parameter.

Type -> (string)

The type of parameter. The type can be either String or StringList.

Description -> (string)

A description of what the parameter does, how to use it, the default value, and whether or not the parameter is optional.

DefaultValue -> (string)

If specified, the default values for the parameters. Parameters without a default value are required. Parameters with a default value are optional.

PlatformTypes -> (list)

The list of OS platforms compatible with this Systems Manager document.


DocumentType -> (string)

The type of document.

SchemaVersion -> (string)

The schema version.

LatestVersion -> (string)

The latest version of the document.

DefaultVersion -> (string)

The default version.

DocumentFormat -> (string)

The document format, either JSON or YAML.

TargetType -> (string)

The target type which defines the kinds of resources the document can run on. For example, /AWS::EC2::Instance. For a list of valid resource types, see AWS resource and property types reference in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide .

Tags -> (list)

The tags, or metadata, that have been applied to the document.


Metadata that you assign to your AWS resources. Tags enable you to categorize your resources in different ways, for example, by purpose, owner, or environment. In Systems Manager, you can apply tags to documents, managed instances, maintenance windows, Parameter Store parameters, and patch baselines.

Key -> (string)

The name of the tag.

Value -> (string)

The value of the tag.

AttachmentsInformation -> (list)

Details about the document attachments, including names, locations, sizes, and so on.


An attribute of an attachment, such as the attachment name.

Name -> (string)

The name of the attachment.

Requires -> (list)

A list of SSM documents required by a document. For example, an ApplicationConfiguration document requires an ApplicationConfigurationSchema document.


An SSM document required by the current document.

Name -> (string)

The name of the required SSM document. The name can be an Amazon Resource Name (ARN).

Version -> (string)

The document version required by the current document.

Author -> (string)

The user in your organization who created the document.

ReviewInformation -> (list)

Details about the review of a document.


Information about the result of a document review request.

ReviewedTime -> (timestamp)

The time that the reviewer took action on the document review request.

Status -> (string)

The current status of the document review request.

Reviewer -> (string)

The reviewer assigned to take action on the document review request.

ApprovedVersion -> (string)

The version of the document currently approved for use in the organization.

PendingReviewVersion -> (string)

The version of the document that is currently under review.

ReviewStatus -> (string)

The current status of the review.