[ aws . iam ]



Updates the name and/or the path of the specified IAM group.


You should understand the implications of changing a group’s path or name. For more information, see Renaming users and groups in the IAM User Guide .


The person making the request (the principal), must have permission to change the role group with the old name and the new name. For example, to change the group named Managers to MGRs , the principal must have a policy that allows them to update both groups. If the principal has permission to update the Managers group, but not the MGRs group, then the update fails. For more information about permissions, see Access management .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


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


--group-name (string)

Name of the IAM group to update. If you’re changing the name of the group, this is the original name.

This parameter allows (through its regex pattern ) a string of characters consisting of upper and lowercase alphanumeric characters with no spaces. You can also include any of the following characters: _+=,.@-

--new-path (string)

New path for the IAM group. Only include this if changing the group’s path.

This parameter allows (through its regex pattern ) a string of characters consisting of either a forward slash (/) by itself or a string that must begin and end with forward slashes. In addition, it can contain any ASCII character from the ! (\u0021 ) through the DEL character (\u007F ), including most punctuation characters, digits, and upper and lowercased letters.

--new-group-name (string)

New name for the IAM group. Only include this if changing the group’s name.

IAM user, group, role, and policy names must be unique within the account. Names are not distinguished by case. For example, you cannot create resources named both “MyResource” and “myresource”.

--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 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 rename an IAM group

The following update-group command changes the name of the IAM group Test to Test-1:

aws iam update-group --group-name Test --new-group-name Test-1

For more information, see Changing a Group’s Name or Path in the Using IAM guide.