[ aws . ec2 ]



Describes active client connections and connections that have been terminated within the last 60 minutes for the specified Client VPN endpoint.

See also: AWS API Documentation

describe-client-vpn-connections 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: Connections


--client-vpn-endpoint-id <value>
[--filters <value>]
[--dry-run | --no-dry-run]
[--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>]


--client-vpn-endpoint-id (string)

The ID of the Client VPN endpoint.

--filters (list)

One or more filters. Filter names and values are case-sensitive.

  • connection-id - The ID of the connection.
  • username - For Active Directory client authentication, the user name of the client who established the client connection.


A filter name and value pair that is used to return a more specific list of results from a describe operation. Filters can be used to match a set of resources by specific criteria, such as tags, attributes, or IDs.

If you specify multiple filters, the filters are joined with an AND , and the request returns only results that match all of the specified filters.

Name -> (string)

The name of the filter. Filter names are case-sensitive.

Values -> (list)

The filter values. Filter values are case-sensitive. If you specify multiple values for a filter, the values are joined with an OR , and the request returns all results that match any of the specified values.


Shorthand Syntax:

Name=string,Values=string,string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Name": "string",
    "Values": ["string", ...]

--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 .

--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 .

To describe the connections to a Client VPN endpoint

The following describe-client-vpn-connections example displays details about the client connections to the specified Client VPN endpoint.

aws ec2 describe-client-vpn-connections \
    --client-vpn-endpoint-id cvpn-endpoint-123456789123abcde


    "Connections": [
            "ClientVpnEndpointId": "cvpn-endpoint-123456789123abcde",
            "Timestamp": "2019-08-12 07:58:34",
            "ConnectionId": "cvpn-connection-0e03eb24267165acd",
            "ConnectionEstablishedTime": "2019-08-12 07:57:14",
            "IngressBytes": "32302",
            "EgressBytes": "5696",
            "IngressPackets": "332",
            "EgressPackets": "67",
            "ClientIp": "",
            "CommonName": "client1.domain.tld",
            "Status": {
                "Code": "terminated"
            "ConnectionEndTime": "2019-08-12 07:58:34"
            "ClientVpnEndpointId": "cvpn-endpoint-123456789123abcde",
            "Timestamp": "2019-08-12 08:02:54",
            "ConnectionId": "cvpn-connection-00668867a40f18253",
            "ConnectionEstablishedTime": "2019-08-12 08:02:53",
            "IngressBytes": "2951",
            "EgressBytes": "2611",
            "IngressPackets": "9",
            "EgressPackets": "6",
            "ClientIp": "",
            "CommonName": "client1.domain.tld",
            "Status": {
                "Code": "active"
            "ConnectionEndTime": "-"

For more information, see Client Connections in the AWS Client VPN Administrator Guide.


Connections -> (list)

Information about the active and terminated client connections.


Describes a client connection.

ClientVpnEndpointId -> (string)

The ID of the Client VPN endpoint to which the client is connected.

Timestamp -> (string)

The current date and time.

ConnectionId -> (string)

The ID of the client connection.

Username -> (string)

The username of the client who established the client connection. This information is only provided if Active Directory client authentication is used.

ConnectionEstablishedTime -> (string)

The date and time the client connection was established.

IngressBytes -> (string)

The number of bytes sent by the client.

EgressBytes -> (string)

The number of bytes received by the client.

IngressPackets -> (string)

The number of packets sent by the client.

EgressPackets -> (string)

The number of packets received by the client.

ClientIp -> (string)

The IP address of the client.

CommonName -> (string)

The common name associated with the client. This is either the name of the client certificate, or the Active Directory user name.

Status -> (structure)

The current state of the client connection.

Code -> (string)

The state of the client connection.

Message -> (string)

A message about the status of the client connection, if applicable.

ConnectionEndTime -> (string)

The date and time the client connection was terminated.

PostureComplianceStatuses -> (list)

The statuses returned by the client connect handler for posture compliance, if applicable.


NextToken -> (string)

The token to use to retrieve the next page of results. This value is null when there are no more results to return.