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API Reference (API Version 2014-10-01)
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Describes the Spot Price history. The prices returned are listed in chronological order, from the oldest to the most recent, for up to the past 90 days. For more information, see Spot Instance Pricing History in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide for Linux.

When you specify a start and end time, this operation returns the prices of the instance types within the time range that you specified and the time when the price changed. The price is valid within the time period that you specified; the response merely indicates the last time that the price changed.

Request Parameters

For information about the common parameters that all actions use, see Common Query Parameters.


Filters the results by the specified Availability Zone.

Type: String

Required: No


Type: Boolean

Required: No


The date and time, up to the current date, from which to stop retrieving the price history data.

Type: DateTime

Required: No


One or more filters.

  • availability-zone - The Availability Zone for which prices should be returned.

  • instance-type - The type of instance (for example, m1.small).

  • product-description - The product description for the Spot Price (Linux/UNIX | SUSE Linux | Windows | Linux/UNIX (Amazon VPC) | SUSE Linux (Amazon VPC) | Windows (Amazon VPC)).

  • spot-price - The Spot Price. The value must match exactly (or use wildcards; greater than or less than comparison is not supported).

  • timestamp - The timestamp of the Spot Price history (for example, 2010-08-16T05:06:11.000Z). You can use wildcards (* and ?). Greater than or less than comparison is not supported.

Type: Filter list

Required: No


Filters the results by the specified instance types.

Type: String list

Valid Values: t1.micro | m1.small | m1.medium | m1.large | m1.xlarge | m3.medium | m3.large | m3.xlarge | m3.2xlarge | t2.micro | t2.small | t2.medium | m2.xlarge | m2.2xlarge | m2.4xlarge | cr1.8xlarge | i2.xlarge | i2.2xlarge | i2.4xlarge | i2.8xlarge | hi1.4xlarge | hs1.8xlarge | c1.medium | c1.xlarge | c3.large | c3.xlarge | c3.2xlarge | c3.4xlarge | c3.8xlarge | c4.large | c4.xlarge | c4.2xlarge | c4.4xlarge | c4.8xlarge | cc1.4xlarge | cc2.8xlarge | g2.2xlarge | cg1.4xlarge | r3.large | r3.xlarge | r3.2xlarge | r3.4xlarge | r3.8xlarge

Required: No


The maximum number of items to return for this call. The call also returns a token that you can specify in a subsequent call to get the next set of results.

Type: Integer

Required: No


The token for the next set of items. (You received this token from a prior call.)

Type: String

Required: No


Filters the results by the specified basic product descriptions.

Type: String list

Required: No


The date and time, up to the past 90 days, from which to start retrieving the price history data.

Type: DateTime

Required: No

Response Elements

The following elements are returned.


The token to use when requesting the next set of items. If there are no additional items to return, the string is empty.

Type: String


The ID of the request.

Type: String


The historical Spot Prices.

Type: SpotPrice list


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Client Errors.



This example gets Spot Price history for the first day in December 2014 for the specified Availability Zone.

Sample Request

Sample Response

<DescribeSpotPriceHistoryResponse xmlns="">

Example with Filters

This example uses filters to get the same results as the previous example.

Sample Request