[ aws . discovery ]



Lists agents or collectors as specified by ID or other filters. All agents/collectors associated with your user can be listed if you call DescribeAgents as is without passing any parameters.

See also: AWS API Documentation

describe-agents 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: agentsInfo


[--agent-ids <value>]
[--filters <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--endpoint-url <value>]
[--output <value>]
[--query <value>]
[--profile <value>]
[--region <value>]
[--version <value>]
[--color <value>]
[--ca-bundle <value>]
[--cli-read-timeout <value>]
[--cli-connect-timeout <value>]
[--cli-binary-format <value>]


--agent-ids (list)

The agent or the collector IDs for which you want information. If you specify no IDs, the system returns information about all agents/collectors associated with your user.



"string" "string" ...

--filters (list)

You can filter the request using various logical operators and a key -value format. For example:

{"key": "collectionStatus", "value": "STARTED"}


A filter that can use conditional operators.

For more information about filters, see Querying Discovered Configuration Items in the Amazon Web Services Application Discovery Service User Guide .

name -> (string)

The name of the filter.

values -> (list)

A string value on which to filter. For example, if you choose the destinationServer.osVersion filter name, you could specify Ubuntu for the value.


condition -> (string)

A conditional operator. The following operators are valid: EQUALS, NOT_EQUALS, CONTAINS, NOT_CONTAINS. If you specify multiple filters, the system utilizes all filters as though concatenated by AND . If you specify multiple values for a particular filter, the system differentiates the values using OR . Calling either DescribeConfigurations or ListConfigurations returns attributes of matching configuration items.

Shorthand Syntax:

name=string,values=string,string,condition=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "name": "string",
    "values": ["string", ...],
    "condition": "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. The generated JSON skeleton is not stable between versions of the AWS CLI and there are no backwards compatibility guarantees in the JSON skeleton generated.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command’s default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table
  • yaml
  • yaml-stream

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-binary-format (string)

The formatting style to be used for binary blobs. The default format is base64. The base64 format expects binary blobs to be provided as a base64 encoded string. The raw-in-base64-out format preserves compatibility with AWS CLI V1 behavior and binary values must be passed literally. When providing contents from a file that map to a binary blob fileb:// will always be treated as binary and use the file contents directly regardless of the cli-binary-format setting. When using file:// the file contents will need to properly formatted for the configured cli-binary-format.

  • base64
  • raw-in-base64-out

--no-cli-pager (boolean)

Disable cli pager for output.

--cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.

--no-cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Disable automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.



To use the following examples, you must have the AWS CLI installed and configured. See the Getting started guide in the AWS CLI User Guide for more information.

Unless otherwise stated, all examples have unix-like quotation rules. These examples will need to be adapted to your terminal’s quoting rules. See Using quotation marks with strings in the AWS CLI User Guide .

Describe agents with specified collectionStatus states

This example command describes collection agents with collection status of “STARTED” or “STOPPED”.


aws discovery describe-agents --filters name="collectionStatus",values="STARTED","STOPPED",condition="EQUALS" --max-results 3


       "Snapshots": [
            "version": "",
            "agentType": "EC2",
            "hostName": "ip-172-31-40-234",
            "collectionStatus": "STOPPED",
            "agentNetworkInfoList": [
                    "macAddress": "06:b5:97:14:fc:0d",
                    "ipAddress": ""
            "health": "UNKNOWN",
            "agentId": "i-003305c02a776e883",
            "registeredTime": "2016-12-09T19:05:06Z",
            "lastHealthPingTime": "2016-12-09T19:05:10Z"
            "version": "",
            "agentType": "EC2",
            "hostName": "ip-172-31-39-64",
            "collectionStatus": "STARTED",
            "agentNetworkInfoList": [
                    "macAddress": "06:a1:0e:c7:b2:73",
                    "ipAddress": ""
            "health": "SHUTDOWN",
            "agentId": "i-003a5e5e2b36cf8bd",
            "registeredTime": "2016-11-16T16:36:25Z",
            "lastHealthPingTime": "2016-11-16T16:47:37Z"


agentsInfo -> (list)

Lists agents or the collector by ID or lists all agents/collectors associated with your user, if you did not specify an agent/collector ID. The output includes agent/collector IDs, IP addresses, media access control (MAC) addresses, agent/collector health, host name where the agent/collector resides, and the version number of each agent/collector.


Information about agents associated with the user’s Amazon Web Services account. Information includes agent IDs, IP addresses, media access control (MAC) addresses, agent or collector status, hostname where the agent resides, and agent version for each agent.

agentId -> (string)

The agent or collector ID.

hostName -> (string)

The name of the host where the agent or collector resides. The host can be a server or virtual machine.

agentNetworkInfoList -> (list)

Network details about the host where the agent or collector resides.


Network details about the host where the agent/collector resides.

ipAddress -> (string)

The IP address for the host where the agent/collector resides.

macAddress -> (string)

The MAC address for the host where the agent/collector resides.

connectorId -> (string)

The ID of the connector.

version -> (string)

The agent or collector version.

health -> (string)

The health of the agent.

lastHealthPingTime -> (string)

Time since agent health was reported.

collectionStatus -> (string)

Status of the collection process for an agent.

agentType -> (string)

Type of agent.

registeredTime -> (string)

Agent’s first registration timestamp in UTC.

nextToken -> (string)

Token to retrieve the next set of results. For example, if you specified 100 IDs for DescribeAgentsRequest$agentIds but set DescribeAgentsRequest$maxResults to 10, you received a set of 10 results along with this token. Use this token in the next query to retrieve the next set of 10.