[ aws . swf ]



Returns information about the specified domain, including description and status.

Access Control

You can use IAM policies to control this action’s access to Amazon SWF resources as follows:

  • Use a Resource element with the domain name to limit the action to only specified domains.

  • Use an Action element to allow or deny permission to call this action.

  • You cannot use an IAM policy to constrain this action’s parameters.

If the caller doesn’t have sufficient permissions to invoke the action, or the parameter values fall outside the specified constraints, the action fails. The associated event attribute’s cause parameter is set to OPERATION_NOT_PERMITTED . For details and example IAM policies, see Using IAM to Manage Access to Amazon SWF Workflows in the Amazon SWF Developer Guide .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


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


--name (string)

The name of the domain to describe.

--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.


Getting Information About a Domain

To get detailed information about a particular domain, use the swf describe-domain command. There is one required parameter: --name, which takes the name of the domain you want information about. For example:

$ aws swf describe-domain --name DataFrobotz
    "domainInfo": {
        "status": "REGISTERED",
        "name": "DataFrobotz"
    "configuration": {
        "workflowExecutionRetentionPeriodInDays": "1"

You can also use describe-domain to get information about deprecated domains:

$ aws swf describe-domain --name MyNeatNewDomain
    "domainInfo": {
        "status": "DEPRECATED",
        "name": "MyNeatNewDomain"
    "configuration": {
        "workflowExecutionRetentionPeriodInDays": "0"

See Also


domainInfo -> (structure)

The basic information about a domain, such as its name, status, and description.

name -> (string)

The name of the domain. This name is unique within the account.

status -> (string)

The status of the domain:

  • REGISTERED – The domain is properly registered and available. You can use this domain for registering types and creating new workflow executions.

  • DEPRECATED – The domain was deprecated using DeprecateDomain , but is still in use. You should not create new workflow executions in this domain.

description -> (string)

The description of the domain provided through RegisterDomain .

arn -> (string)

The ARN of the domain.

configuration -> (structure)

The domain configuration. Currently, this includes only the domain’s retention period.

workflowExecutionRetentionPeriodInDays -> (string)

The retention period for workflow executions in this domain.