[ aws . qldb ]



Returns information about a ledger, including its state, permissions mode, encryption at rest settings, and when it was created.

See also: AWS API Documentation


--name <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)

The name of the ledger that you want to describe.

--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 a ledger

The following describe-ledger example displays the details for the specified ledger.

aws qldb describe-ledger \
    --name myExampleLedger


    "CreationDateTime": 1568839243.951,
    "Arn": "arn:aws:qldb:us-west-2:123456789012:ledger/myExampleLedger",
    "State": "ACTIVE",
    "Name": "myExampleLedger",
    "DeletionProtection": true,
    "PermissionsMode": "STANDARD",
    "EncryptionDescription": {
        "KmsKeyArn": "arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:123456789012:key/a1b2c3d4-5678-90ab-cdef-EXAMPLE11111",
        "EncryptionStatus": "ENABLED"

For more information, see Basic Operations for Amazon QLDB Ledgers in the Amazon QLDB Developer Guide.


Name -> (string)

The name of the ledger.

Arn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the ledger.

State -> (string)

The current status of the ledger.

CreationDateTime -> (timestamp)

The date and time, in epoch time format, when the ledger was created. (Epoch time format is the number of seconds elapsed since 12:00:00 AM January 1, 1970 UTC.)

PermissionsMode -> (string)

The permissions mode of the ledger.

DeletionProtection -> (boolean)

Specifies whether the ledger is protected from being deleted by any user. If not defined during ledger creation, this feature is enabled (true ) by default.

If deletion protection is enabled, you must first disable it before you can delete the ledger. You can disable it by calling the UpdateLedger operation to set this parameter to false .

EncryptionDescription -> (structure)

Information about the encryption of data at rest in the ledger. This includes the current status, the KMS key, and when the key became inaccessible (in the case of an error). If this parameter is undefined, the ledger uses an Amazon Web Services owned KMS key for encryption.

KmsKeyArn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the customer managed KMS key that the ledger uses for encryption at rest. If this parameter is undefined, the ledger uses an Amazon Web Services owned KMS key for encryption. It will display AWS_OWNED_KMS_KEY when updating the ledger’s encryption configuration to the Amazon Web Services owned KMS key.

EncryptionStatus -> (string)

The current state of encryption at rest for the ledger. This can be one of the following values:

  • ENABLED : Encryption is fully enabled using the specified key.
  • UPDATING : The ledger is actively processing the specified key change. Key changes in QLDB are asynchronous. The ledger is fully accessible without any performance impact while the key change is being processed. The amount of time it takes to update a key varies depending on the ledger size.
  • KMS_KEY_INACCESSIBLE : The specified customer managed KMS key is not accessible, and the ledger is impaired. Either the key was disabled or deleted, or the grants on the key were revoked. When a ledger is impaired, it is not accessible and does not accept any read or write requests. An impaired ledger automatically returns to an active state after you restore the grants on the key, or re-enable the key that was disabled. However, deleting a customer managed KMS key is irreversible. After a key is deleted, you can no longer access the ledgers that are protected with that key, and the data becomes unrecoverable permanently.

InaccessibleKmsKeyDateTime -> (timestamp)

The date and time, in epoch time format, when the KMS key first became inaccessible, in the case of an error. (Epoch time format is the number of seconds that have elapsed since 12:00:00 AM January 1, 1970 UTC.)

This parameter is undefined if the KMS key is accessible.