[ aws . kendra ]



Creates a new Amazon Kendra index. Index creation is an asynchronous operation. To determine if index creation has completed, check the Status field returned from a call to . 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 operation or using one of the supported data sources.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


--name <value>
[--edition <value>]
--role-arn <value>
[--server-side-encryption-configuration <value>]
[--description <value>]
[--client-token <value>]
[--tags <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--cli-auto-prompt <value>]


--name (string)

The name for the new 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 .

Possible values:



--role-arn (string)

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

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

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

KmsKeyId -> (string)

The identifier of the AWS KMS customer master key (CMK). Amazon Kendra doesn’t support asymmetric CMKs.

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 operation 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"

--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.

--cli-auto-prompt (boolean) Automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


Id -> (string)

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