Amazon Relational Database Service
Command Line Interface Reference (API Version 2014-10-31)


The Amazon RDS Command Line Interface (RDS CLI) has been deprecated. Instead, use the AWS CLI for RDS. To learn how to download and use the AWS CLI, see AWS Command Line Interface User Guide. For RDS commands available in the AWS CLI, see AWS CLI Reference for Amazon RDS.

The AWS CLI does not currently support the DownloadCompleteDBLogFile REST API action. To download an entire log file at once, rather than in parts using the download-db-log-file-portion command, use the last published RDS CLI and the rds-download-db-logfile command.


Returns information about all DB parameter groups for an account if no database parameter group name is supplied, or displays information about a specific named DB parameter group.


rds-describe-db-parameter-groups [db-parameter-group-name]

[General Options]


Name Description Required

--db-parameter-group-name value

DB parameter group name.

This parameter is the default parameter and can be passed as the first value in the command and without a parameter name, for example: rds-describe-db-parameter-groups my-db-parameter-group-name.

Type: String

Default: None



The command returns the following information:


Output values list the possible values returned by CLI commands. Not all values are returned for every call to a command. If a value is null or empty, it will not be included in the command output. For example, CLI commands to create or restore a DB instance will not return the Endpoint Address value because that value is null until the DB instance has finished being created or restored.

  • Group Name—User-supplied DB parameter group name.

  • Parameter Group Family—Parameter group family to which this group applies.

  • Description—Description of the DB parameter group.


Get a Description of All DB parameter groups

This example returns a description of all DB parameter groups for the account, with column headers.

PROMPT> rds-describe-db-parameter-groups DBPARAMETERGROUP Group Name Parameter Group Family Description DBPARAMETERGROUP default.MySQL5.1 MySQL5.1 The default database configuration for MySQL5.1