[ aws . opsworks ]



Requests a description of one or more stacks.

Required Permissions : To use this action, an IAM user must have a Show, Deploy, or Manage permissions level for the stack, or an attached policy that explicitly grants permissions. For more information about user permissions, see Managing User Permissions .

See also: AWS API Documentation


[--stack-ids <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>]


--stack-ids (list)

An array of stack IDs that specify the stacks to be described. If you omit this parameter, and have permissions to get information about all stacks, DescribeStacks returns a description of every stack. If the IAM policy that is attached to an IAM user limits the DescribeStacks action to specific stack ARNs, this parameter is required, and the user must specify a stack ARN that is allowed by the policy. Otherwise, DescribeStacks returns an AccessDenied error.



"string" "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. 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 describe stacks

The following describe-stacks command describes an account’s stacks.

aws opsworks --region us-east-1 describe-stacks


  "Stacks": [
      "ServiceRoleArn": "arn:aws:iam::444455556666:role/aws-opsworks-service-role",
      "StackId": "aeb7523e-7c8b-49d4-b866-03aae9d4fbcb",
      "DefaultRootDeviceType": "instance-store",
      "Name": "TomStack-sd",
      "ConfigurationManager": {
        "Version": "11.4",
        "Name": "Chef"
      "UseCustomCookbooks": true,
      "CustomJson": "{\n  \"tomcat\": {\n    \"base_version\": 7,\n    \"java_opts\": \"-Djava.awt.headless=true -Xmx256m\"\n  },\n  \"datasources\": {\n    \"ROOT\": \"jdbc/mydb\"\n  }\n}",
      "Region": "us-east-1",
      "DefaultInstanceProfileArn": "arn:aws:iam::444455556666:instance-profile/aws-opsworks-ec2-role",
      "CustomCookbooksSource": {
        "Url": "git://github.com/example-repo/tomcustom.git",
        "Type": "git"
      "DefaultAvailabilityZone": "us-east-1a",
      "HostnameTheme": "Layer_Dependent",
      "Attributes": {
        "Color": "rgb(45, 114, 184)"
      "DefaultOs": "Amazon Linux",
      "CreatedAt": "2013-08-01T22:53:42+00:00"
      "ServiceRoleArn": "arn:aws:iam::444455556666:role/aws-opsworks-service-role",
      "StackId": "40738975-da59-4c5b-9789-3e422f2cf099",
      "DefaultRootDeviceType": "instance-store",
      "Name": "MyStack",
      "ConfigurationManager": {
        "Version": "11.4",
        "Name": "Chef"
      "UseCustomCookbooks": false,
      "Region": "us-east-1",
      "DefaultInstanceProfileArn": "arn:aws:iam::444455556666:instance-profile/aws-opsworks-ec2-role",
      "CustomCookbooksSource": {},
      "DefaultAvailabilityZone": "us-east-1a",
      "HostnameTheme": "Layer_Dependent",
      "Attributes": {
        "Color": "rgb(45, 114, 184)"
      "DefaultOs": "Amazon Linux",
      "CreatedAt": "2013-10-25T19:24:30+00:00"

More Information

For more information, see Stacks in the AWS OpsWorks User Guide.


Stacks -> (list)

An array of Stack objects that describe the stacks.


Describes a stack.

StackId -> (string)

The stack ID.

Name -> (string)

The stack name. Stack names can be a maximum of 64 characters.

Arn -> (string)

The stack’s ARN.

Region -> (string)

The stack Amazon Web Services Region, such as ap-northeast-2 . For more information about Amazon Web Services Regions, see Regions and Endpoints .

VpcId -> (string)

The VPC ID; applicable only if the stack is running in a VPC.

Attributes -> (map)

The stack’s attributes.

key -> (string)

value -> (string)

ServiceRoleArn -> (string)

The stack Identity and Access Management (IAM) role.

DefaultInstanceProfileArn -> (string)

The ARN of an IAM profile that is the default profile for all of the stack’s EC2 instances. For more information about IAM ARNs, see Using Identifiers .

DefaultOs -> (string)

The stack’s default operating system.

HostnameTheme -> (string)

The stack host name theme, with spaces replaced by underscores.

DefaultAvailabilityZone -> (string)

The stack’s default Availability Zone. For more information, see Regions and Endpoints .

DefaultSubnetId -> (string)

The default subnet ID; applicable only if the stack is running in a VPC.

CustomJson -> (string)

A JSON object that contains user-defined attributes to be added to the stack configuration and deployment attributes. You can use custom JSON to override the corresponding default stack configuration attribute values or to pass data to recipes. The string should be in the following format:

"{\"key1\": \"value1\", \"key2\": \"value2\",...}"

For more information on custom JSON, see Use Custom JSON to Modify the Stack Configuration Attributes .

ConfigurationManager -> (structure)

The configuration manager.

Name -> (string)

The name. This parameter must be set to Chef .

Version -> (string)

The Chef version. This parameter must be set to 12, 11.10, or 11.4 for Linux stacks, and to 12.2 for Windows stacks. The default value for Linux stacks is 12.

ChefConfiguration -> (structure)

A ChefConfiguration object that specifies whether to enable Berkshelf and the Berkshelf version. For more information, see Create a New Stack .

ManageBerkshelf -> (boolean)

Whether to enable Berkshelf.

BerkshelfVersion -> (string)

The Berkshelf version.

UseCustomCookbooks -> (boolean)

Whether the stack uses custom cookbooks.

UseOpsworksSecurityGroups -> (boolean)

Whether the stack automatically associates the OpsWorks Stacks built-in security groups with the stack’s layers.

CustomCookbooksSource -> (structure)

Contains the information required to retrieve an app or cookbook from a repository. For more information, see Adding Apps or Cookbooks and Recipes .

Type -> (string)

The repository type.

Url -> (string)

The source URL. The following is an example of an Amazon S3 source URL: https://s3.amazonaws.com/opsworks-demo-bucket/opsworks_cookbook_demo.tar.gz .

Username -> (string)

This parameter depends on the repository type.

  • For Amazon S3 bundles, set Username to the appropriate IAM access key ID.
  • For HTTP bundles, Git repositories, and Subversion repositories, set Username to the user name.

Password -> (string)

When included in a request, the parameter depends on the repository type.

  • For Amazon S3 bundles, set Password to the appropriate IAM secret access key.
  • For HTTP bundles and Subversion repositories, set Password to the password.

For more information on how to safely handle IAM credentials, see https://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/aws-access-keys-best-practices.html .

In responses, OpsWorks Stacks returns *****FILTERED***** instead of the actual value.

SshKey -> (string)

In requests, the repository’s SSH key.

In responses, OpsWorks Stacks returns *****FILTERED***** instead of the actual value.

Revision -> (string)

The application’s version. OpsWorks Stacks enables you to easily deploy new versions of an application. One of the simplest approaches is to have branches or revisions in your repository that represent different versions that can potentially be deployed.

DefaultSshKeyName -> (string)

A default Amazon EC2 key pair for the stack’s instances. You can override this value when you create or update an instance.

CreatedAt -> (string)

The date when the stack was created.

DefaultRootDeviceType -> (string)

The default root device type. This value is used by default for all instances in the stack, but you can override it when you create an instance. For more information, see Storage for the Root Device .

AgentVersion -> (string)

The agent version. This parameter is set to LATEST for auto-update. or a version number for a fixed agent version.