[ aws . kendra ]



Creates an Amazon Kendra index. Index creation is an asynchronous API. To determine if index creation has completed, check the Status field returned from a call to DescribeIndex . The Status field is set to ACTIVE when the index is ready to use.

Once the index is active you can index your documents using the BatchPutDocument API or using one of the supported data sources.

For an example of creating an index and data source using the Python SDK, see Getting started with Python SDK . For an example of creating an index and data source using the Java SDK, see Getting started with Java SDK .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--name <value>
[--edition <value>]
--role-arn <value>
[--server-side-encryption-configuration <value>]
[--description <value>]
[--client-token <value>]
[--tags <value>]
[--user-token-configurations <value>]
[--user-context-policy <value>]
[--user-group-resolution-configuration <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--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>]


--name (string)

A name for the index.

--edition (string)

The Amazon Kendra edition to use for the index. Choose DEVELOPER_EDITION for indexes intended for development, testing, or proof of concept. Use ENTERPRISE_EDITION for your production databases. Once you set the edition for an index, it can’t be changed.

The Edition parameter is optional. If you don’t supply a value, the default is ENTERPRISE_EDITION .

For more information on quota limits for enterprise and developer editions, see Quotas .

Possible values:



--role-arn (string)

An Identity and Access Management (IAM) role that gives Amazon Kendra permissions to access your Amazon CloudWatch logs and metrics. This is also the role you use when you call the BatchPutDocument API to index documents from an Amazon S3 bucket.

--server-side-encryption-configuration (structure)

The identifier of the KMS customer managed key (CMK) that’s used to encrypt data indexed by Amazon Kendra. Amazon Kendra doesn’t support asymmetric CMKs.

KmsKeyId -> (string)

The identifier of the KMS key. Amazon Kendra doesn’t support asymmetric keys.

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

  "KmsKeyId": "string"

--description (string)

A description for the index.

--client-token (string)

A token that you provide to identify the request to create an index. Multiple calls to the CreateIndex API with the same client token will create only one index.

--tags (list)

A list of key-value pairs that identify the index. You can use the tags to identify and organize your resources and to control access to resources.


A list of key/value pairs that identify an index, FAQ, or data source. Tag keys and values can consist of Unicode letters, digits, white space, and any of the following symbols: _ . : / = + - @.

Key -> (string)

The key for the tag. Keys are not case sensitive and must be unique for the index, FAQ, or data source.

Value -> (string)

The value associated with the tag. The value may be an empty string but it can’t be null.

Shorthand Syntax:

Key=string,Value=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "string",
    "Value": "string"

--user-token-configurations (list)

The user token configuration.


Provides the configuration information for a token.

JwtTokenTypeConfiguration -> (structure)

Information about the JWT token type configuration.

KeyLocation -> (string)

The location of the key.

URL -> (string)

The signing key URL.

SecretManagerArn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (arn) of the secret.

UserNameAttributeField -> (string)

The user name attribute field.

GroupAttributeField -> (string)

The group attribute field.

Issuer -> (string)

The issuer of the token.

ClaimRegex -> (string)

The regular expression that identifies the claim.

JsonTokenTypeConfiguration -> (structure)

Information about the JSON token type configuration.

UserNameAttributeField -> (string)

The user name attribute field.

GroupAttributeField -> (string)

The group attribute field.

Shorthand Syntax:

JwtTokenTypeConfiguration={KeyLocation=string,URL=string,SecretManagerArn=string,UserNameAttributeField=string,GroupAttributeField=string,Issuer=string,ClaimRegex=string},JsonTokenTypeConfiguration={UserNameAttributeField=string,GroupAttributeField=string} ...

JSON Syntax:

    "JwtTokenTypeConfiguration": {
      "KeyLocation": "URL"|"SECRET_MANAGER",
      "URL": "string",
      "SecretManagerArn": "string",
      "UserNameAttributeField": "string",
      "GroupAttributeField": "string",
      "Issuer": "string",
      "ClaimRegex": "string"
    "JsonTokenTypeConfiguration": {
      "UserNameAttributeField": "string",
      "GroupAttributeField": "string"

--user-context-policy (string)

The user context policy.


All indexed content is searchable and displayable for all users. If you want to filter search results on user context, you can use the attribute filters of _user_id and _group_ids or you can provide user and group information in UserContext .


Enables token-based user access control to filter search results on user context. All documents with no access control and all documents accessible to the user will be searchable and displayable.

Possible values:



--user-group-resolution-configuration (structure)

Enables fetching access levels of groups and users from an IAM Identity Center (successor to Single Sign-On) identity source. To configure this, see UserGroupResolutionConfiguration .

UserGroupResolutionMode -> (string)

The identity store provider (mode) you want to use to fetch access levels of groups and users. IAM Identity Center (successor to Single Sign-On) is currently the only available mode. Your users and groups must exist in an IAM Identity Center identity source in order to use this mode.

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

  "UserGroupResolutionMode": "AWS_SSO"|"NONE"

--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. 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.


Id -> (string)

The identifier of the index. Use this identifier when you query an index, set up a data source, or index a document.