[ aws . ssm ]



Describes the specified Amazon Web Services Systems Manager document (SSM document).

See also: AWS API Documentation


--name <value>
[--document-version <value>]
[--version-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 SSM document.

--document-version (string)

The document version for which you want information. Can be a specific version or the default version.

--version-name (string)

An optional field specifying the version of the artifact associated with the document. For example, “Release 12, Update 6”. This value is unique across all versions of a document, and can’t be changed.

--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 display details of a document

The following describe-document example displays details about a Systems Manager document in your AWS account.

aws ssm describe-document \
    --name "Example"


    "Document": {
        "Hash": "fc2410281f40779e694a8b95975d0f9f316da8a153daa94e3d9921102EXAMPLE",
        "HashType": "Sha256",
        "Name": "Example",
        "Owner": "29884EXAMPLE",
        "CreatedDate": 1583257938.266,
        "Status": "Active",
        "DocumentVersion": "1",
        "Description": "Document Example",
        "Parameters": [
                "Name": "AutomationAssumeRole",
                "Type": "String",
                "Description": "(Required) The ARN of the role that allows Automation to perform the actions on your behalf. If no role is specified, Systems Manager Automation uses your IAM permissions to execute this document.",
                "DefaultValue": ""
                "Name": "InstanceId",
                "Type": "String",
                "Description": "(Required) The ID of the Amazon EC2 instance.",
                "DefaultValue": ""
        "PlatformTypes": [
        "DocumentType": "Automation",
        "SchemaVersion": "0.3",
        "LatestVersion": "1",
        "DefaultVersion": "1",
        "DocumentFormat": "YAML",
        "Tags": []

For more information, see Creating Systems Manager Documents in the AWS Systems Manager User Guide.


Document -> (structure)

Information about the SSM document.

Sha1 -> (string)

The SHA1 hash of the document, which you can use for verification.

Hash -> (string)

The Sha256 or Sha1 hash created by the system when the document was created.


Sha1 hashes have been deprecated.

HashType -> (string)

The hash type of the document. Valid values include Sha256 or Sha1 .


Sha1 hashes have been deprecated.

Name -> (string)

The name of the SSM document.

DisplayName -> (string)

The friendly name of the SSM document. This value can differ for each version of the document. If you want to update this value, see UpdateDocument .

VersionName -> (string)

The version of the artifact associated with the document.

Owner -> (string)

The Amazon Web Services user account that created the document.

CreatedDate -> (timestamp)

The date when the document was created.

Status -> (string)

The status of the SSM document.

StatusInformation -> (string)

A message returned by Amazon Web Services Systems Manager that explains the Status value. For example, a Failed status might be explained by the StatusInformation message, “The specified S3 bucket doesn’t exist. Verify that the URL of the S3 bucket is correct.”

DocumentVersion -> (string)

The document version.

Description -> (string)

A description of the document.

Parameters -> (list)

A description of the parameters for a document.


Parameters specified in a System Manager document that run on the server when the command is run.

Name -> (string)

The name of the parameter.

Type -> (string)

The type of parameter. The type can be either String or StringList.

Description -> (string)

A description of what the parameter does, how to use it, the default value, and whether or not the parameter is optional.

DefaultValue -> (string)

If specified, the default values for the parameters. Parameters without a default value are required. Parameters with a default value are optional.

PlatformTypes -> (list)

The list of operating system (OS) platforms compatible with this SSM document.


DocumentType -> (string)

The type of document.

SchemaVersion -> (string)

The schema version.

LatestVersion -> (string)

The latest version of the document.

DefaultVersion -> (string)

The default version.

DocumentFormat -> (string)

The document format, either JSON or YAML.

TargetType -> (string)

The target type which defines the kinds of resources the document can run on. For example, /AWS::EC2::Instance . For a list of valid resource types, see Amazon Web Services resource and property types reference in the CloudFormation User Guide .

Tags -> (list)

The tags, or metadata, that have been applied to the document.


Metadata that you assign to your Amazon Web Services resources. Tags enable you to categorize your resources in different ways, for example, by purpose, owner, or environment. In Amazon Web Services Systems Manager, you can apply tags to Systems Manager documents (SSM documents), managed nodes, maintenance windows, parameters, patch baselines, OpsItems, and OpsMetadata.

Key -> (string)

The name of the tag.

Value -> (string)

The value of the tag.

AttachmentsInformation -> (list)

Details about the document attachments, including names, locations, sizes, and so on.


An attribute of an attachment, such as the attachment name.

Name -> (string)

The name of the attachment.

Requires -> (list)

A list of SSM documents required by a document. For example, an ApplicationConfiguration document requires an ApplicationConfigurationSchema document.


An SSM document required by the current document.

Name -> (string)

The name of the required SSM document. The name can be an Amazon Resource Name (ARN).

Version -> (string)

The document version required by the current document.

Author -> (string)

The user in your organization who created the document.

ReviewInformation -> (list)

Details about the review of a document.


Information about the result of a document review request.

ReviewedTime -> (timestamp)

The time that the reviewer took action on the document review request.

Status -> (string)

The current status of the document review request.

Reviewer -> (string)

The reviewer assigned to take action on the document review request.

ApprovedVersion -> (string)

The version of the document currently approved for use in the organization.

PendingReviewVersion -> (string)

The version of the document that is currently under review.

ReviewStatus -> (string)

The current status of the review.

Category -> (list)

The classification of a document to help you identify and categorize its use.


CategoryEnum -> (list)

The value that identifies a document’s category.