[ aws . memorydb ]



Returns information about cluster snapshots. By default, DescribeSnapshots lists all of your snapshots; it can optionally describe a single snapshot, or just the snapshots associated with a particular cluster.

See also: AWS API Documentation

describe-snapshots is a paginated operation. Multiple API calls may be issued in order to retrieve the entire data set of results. You can disable pagination by providing the --no-paginate argument. When using --output text and the --query argument on a paginated response, the --query argument must extract data from the results of the following query expressions: Snapshots


[--cluster-name <value>]
[--snapshot-name <value>]
[--source <value>]
[--show-detail | --no-show-detail]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--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>]


--cluster-name (string)

A user-supplied cluster identifier. If this parameter is specified, only snapshots associated with that specific cluster are described.

--snapshot-name (string)

A user-supplied name of the snapshot. If this parameter is specified, only this named snapshot is described.

--source (string)

If set to system, the output shows snapshots that were automatically created by MemoryDB. If set to user the output shows snapshots that were manually created. If omitted, the output shows both automatically and manually created snapshots.

--show-detail | --no-show-detail (boolean)

A Boolean value which if true, the shard configuration is included in the snapshot description.

--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.

--starting-token (string)

A token to specify where to start paginating. This is the NextToken from a previously truncated response.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--page-size (integer)

The size of each page to get in the AWS service call. This does not affect the number of items returned in the command’s output. Setting a smaller page size results in more calls to the AWS service, retrieving fewer items in each call. This can help prevent the AWS service calls from timing out.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--max-items (integer)

The total number of items to return in the command’s output. If the total number of items available is more than the value specified, a NextToken is provided in the command’s output. To resume pagination, provide the NextToken value in the starting-token argument of a subsequent command. Do not use the NextToken response element directly outside of the AWS CLI.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--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.



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 return a list of snapshots

The following describe-snapshots` returns a list of snapshots.

aws memorydb describe-snapshots


"Snapshots": [
        "Name": "my-cluster-snapshot",
        "Status": "available",
        "Source": "manual",
        "ARN": "arn:aws:memorydb:us-east-1:491658xxxxxx2:snapshot/my-cluster-snapshot",
        "ClusterConfiguration": {
            "Name": "my-cluster",
            "Description": " ",
            "NodeType": "db.r6g.large",
            "EngineVersion": "6.2",
            "MaintenanceWindow": "wed:03:00-wed:04:00",
            "Port": 6379,
            "ParameterGroupName": "default.memorydb-redis6",
            "SubnetGroupName": "my-sg",
            "VpcId": "vpc-862574fc",
            "SnapshotRetentionLimit": 0,
            "SnapshotWindow": "04:30-05:30",
            "NumShards": 2

For more information, see Snapshot and restore in the MemoryDB User Guide.


NextToken -> (string)

An optional argument to pass in case the total number of records exceeds the value of MaxResults. If nextToken is returned, there are more results available. The value of nextToken is a unique pagination token for each page. Make the call again using the returned token to retrieve the next page. Keep all other arguments unchanged.

Snapshots -> (list)

A list of snapshots. Each item in the list contains detailed information about one snapshot.


Represents a copy of an entire cluster as of the time when the snapshot was taken.

Name -> (string)

The name of the snapshot

Status -> (string)

The status of the snapshot. Valid values: creating | available | restoring | copying | deleting.

Source -> (string)

Indicates whether the snapshot is from an automatic backup (automated) or was created manually (manual).

KmsKeyId -> (string)

The ID of the KMS key used to encrypt the snapshot.

ARN -> (string)

The ARN (Amazon Resource Name) of the snapshot.

ClusterConfiguration -> (structure)

The configuration of the cluster from which the snapshot was taken

Name -> (string)

The name of the cluster

Description -> (string)

The description of the cluster configuration

NodeType -> (string)

The node type used for the cluster

EngineVersion -> (string)

The Redis engine version used by the cluster

MaintenanceWindow -> (string)

The specified maintenance window for the cluster

TopicArn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the SNS notification topic for the cluster

Port -> (integer)

The port used by the cluster

ParameterGroupName -> (string)

The name of parameter group used by the cluster

SubnetGroupName -> (string)

The name of the subnet group used by the cluster

VpcId -> (string)

The ID of the VPC the cluster belongs to

SnapshotRetentionLimit -> (integer)

The snapshot retention limit set by the cluster

SnapshotWindow -> (string)

The snapshot window set by the cluster

NumShards -> (integer)

The number of shards in the cluster

Shards -> (list)

The list of shards in the cluster


Provides details of a shard in a snapshot

Name -> (string)

The name of the shard

Configuration -> (structure)

The configuration details of the shard

Slots -> (string)

A string that specifies the keyspace for a particular node group. Keyspaces range from 0 to 16,383. The string is in the format startkey-endkey.

ReplicaCount -> (integer)

The number of read replica nodes in this shard.

Size -> (string)

The size of the shard’s snapshot

SnapshotCreationTime -> (timestamp)

The date and time that the shard’s snapshot was created

DataTiering -> (string)

Enables data tiering. Data tiering is only supported for clusters using the r6gd node type. This parameter must be set when using r6gd nodes. For more information, see Data tiering .