[ aws . lightsail ]



Returns the state of a specific instance. Works on one instance at a time.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See ‘aws help’ for descriptions of global parameters.


--instance-name <value>
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--instance-name (string)

The name of the instance to get state information about.

--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 get information about the state of an instance

The following get-instance-state example returns the state of the specified instance.

aws lightsail get-instance-state \
    --instance-name MEAN-1


    "state": {
        "code": 16,
        "name": "running"


state -> (structure)

The state of the instance.

code -> (integer)

The status code for the instance.

name -> (string)

The state of the instance (e.g., running or pending ).