Application Auto Scaling
API Reference (API Version 2016-02-06)


Deletes the specified Application Auto Scaling scaling policy.

Deleting a policy deletes the underlying alarm action, but does not delete the CloudWatch alarm associated with the scaling policy, even if it no longer has an associated action.

To create a scaling policy or update an existing one, see PutScalingPolicy.

Request Syntax

{ "PolicyName": "string", "ResourceId": "string", "ScalableDimension": "string", "ServiceNamespace": "string" }

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


The name of the scaling policy.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 1600.

Pattern: [\u0020-\uD7FF\uE000-\uFFFD\uD800\uDC00-\uDBFF\uDFFF\r\n\t]*

Required: Yes


The identifier of the resource associated with the scalable target. This string consists of the resource type and unique identifier.

  • ECS service - The resource type is service and the unique identifier is the cluster name and service name. Example: service/default/sample-webapp.

  • Spot fleet request - The resource type is spot-fleet-request and the unique identifier is the Spot fleet request ID. Example: spot-fleet-request/sfr-73fbd2ce-aa30-494c-8788-1cee4EXAMPLE.

  • EMR cluster - The resource type is instancegroup and the unique identifier is the cluster ID and instance group ID. Example: instancegroup/j-2EEZNYKUA1NTV/ig-1791Y4E1L8YI0.

  • AppStream 2.0 fleet - The resource type is fleet and the unique identifier is the fleet name. Example: fleet/sample-fleet.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 1600.

Pattern: [\u0020-\uD7FF\uE000-\uFFFD\uD800\uDC00-\uDBFF\uDFFF\r\n\t]*

Required: Yes


The scalable dimension. This string consists of the service namespace, resource type, and scaling property.

  • ecs:service:DesiredCount - The desired task count of an ECS service.

  • ec2:spot-fleet-request:TargetCapacity - The target capacity of a Spot fleet request.

  • elasticmapreduce:instancegroup:InstanceCount - The instance count of an EMR Instance Group.

  • appstream:fleet:DesiredCapacity - The desired capacity of an AppStream 2.0 fleet.

Type: String

Valid Values: ecs:service:DesiredCount | ec2:spot-fleet-request:TargetCapacity | elasticmapreduce:instancegroup:InstanceCount | appstream:fleet:DesiredCapacity

Required: Yes


The namespace of the AWS service. For more information, see AWS Service Namespaces in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

Type: String

Valid Values: ecs | elasticmapreduce | ec2 | appstream

Required: Yes

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response with an empty HTTP body.


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


Concurrent updates caused an exception, for example, if you request an update to an Application Auto Scaling resource that already has a pending update.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The service encountered an internal error.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The specified object could not be found. For any Put or Register API operation, which depends on the existence of a scalable target, this exception is thrown if the scalable target with the specified service namespace, resource ID, and scalable dimension does not exist. For any Delete or Deregister API operation, this exception is thrown if the resource that is to be deleted or deregistered cannot be found.

HTTP Status Code: 400


An exception was thrown for a validation issue. Review the available parameters for the API request.

HTTP Status Code: 400


If you plan to create requests manually, you must replace the Authorization header contents in the examples (AUTHPARAMS) with a signature. For more information, see Signature Version 4 Signing Process in the AWS Gerneral Reference. If you plan to use the AWS CLI or one of the AWS SDKs, these tools sign the requests for you.


The following example deletes a scaling policy for the Amazon ECS service web-app running in the default cluster.

Sample Request

POST / HTTP/1.1 Host: Accept-Encoding: identity Content-Length: 152 X-Amz-Target: AnyScaleFrontendService.DeleteScalingPolicy X-Amz-Date: 20160506T205712Z User-Agent: aws-cli/1.10.23 Python/2.7.11 Darwin/15.4.0 botocore/1.4.8 Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Authorization: AUTHPARAMS { "PolicyName": "web-app-cpu-lt-25", "ServiceNamespace": "ecs", "ScalableDimension": "ecs:service:DesiredCount", "ResourceId": "service/default/web-app" }

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: