[ aws . iot ]



Updates the data for a thing.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


--thing-name <value>
[--thing-type-name <value>]
[--attribute-payload <value>]
[--expected-version <value>]
[--remove-thing-type | --no-remove-thing-type]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--thing-name (string)

The name of the thing to update.

You can’t change a thing’s name. To change a thing’s name, you must create a new thing, give it the new name, and then delete the old thing.

--thing-type-name (string)

The name of the thing type.

--attribute-payload (structure)

A list of thing attributes, a JSON string containing name-value pairs. For example:


This data is used to add new attributes or update existing attributes.

attributes -> (map)

A JSON string containing up to three key-value pair in JSON format. For example:


key -> (string)

value -> (string)

merge -> (boolean)

Specifies whether the list of attributes provided in the AttributePayload is merged with the attributes stored in the registry, instead of overwriting them.

To remove an attribute, call UpdateThing with an empty attribute value.


The merge attribute is only valid when calling UpdateThing or UpdateThingGroup .

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

  "attributes": {"string": "string"
  "merge": true|false

--expected-version (long)

The expected version of the thing record in the registry. If the version of the record in the registry does not match the expected version specified in the request, the UpdateThing request is rejected with a VersionConflictException .

--remove-thing-type | --no-remove-thing-type (boolean)

Remove a thing type association. If true , the association is removed.

--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 associate a thing with a thing type

The following update-thing example associates a thing in the AWS IoT registry with a thing type. When you make the association, you provide values for the attributes defined by the thing type.

aws iot update-thing \
    --thing-name "MyOtherLightBulb" \
    --thing-type-name "LightBulb" \
    --attribute-payload "{"attributes": {"wattage":"75", "model":"123"}}"

This command does not produce output. Use the describe-thing command to see the result.

For more information, see Thing Types in the AWS IoT Developers Guide.