Amazon Glacier
Developer Guide (API Version 2012-06-01)

Retrieving Vault Metadata in Amazon Glacier Using the AWS SDK for Java

Retrieve Vault Metadata for a Vault

You can retrieve metadata for a specific vault or all the vaults in a specific region. The following are the steps to retrieve vault metadata for a specific vault using the low-level API of the AWS SDK for Java.

  1. Create an instance of the AmazonGlacierClient class (the client).

    You need to specify an AWS region where the vault resides. All operations you perform using this client apply to that region.

  2. Provide request information by creating an instance of the DescribeVaultRequest class.

    Amazon Glacier requires you to provide a vault name and your account ID. If you don't provide an account ID, then the account ID associated with the credentials you provide to sign the request is assumed. For more information, see Using the AWS SDK for Java with Amazon Glacier.

  3. Execute the describeVault method by providing the request object as a parameter.

    The vault metadata information that Amazon Glacier returns is available in the DescribeVaultResult object.

The following Java code snippet illustrates the preceding steps.

DescribeVaultRequest request = new DescribeVaultRequest() .withVaultName("*** provide vault name***"); DescribeVaultResult result = client.describeVault(request); System.out.print( "\nCreationDate: " + result.getCreationDate() + "\nLastInventoryDate: " + result.getLastInventoryDate() + "\nNumberOfArchives: " + result.getNumberOfArchives() + "\nSizeInBytes: " + result.getSizeInBytes() + "\nVaultARN: " + result.getVaultARN() + "\nVaultName: " + result.getVaultName());


For information about the underlying REST API, see Describe Vault (GET vault).

Retrieve Vault Metadata for All Vaults in a Region

You can also use the listVaults method to retrieve metadata for all the vaults in a specific region.

The following Java code snippet retrieves list of vaults in the us-west-2 region. The request limits the number of vaults returned in the response to 5. The code snippet then makes a series of listVaults calls to retrieve the entire vault list from the region.

AmazonGlacierClient client; client.setEndpoint(""); String marker = null; do { ListVaultsRequest request = new ListVaultsRequest() .withLimit("5") .withMarker(marker); ListVaultsResult listVaultsResult = client.listVaults(request); List<DescribeVaultOutput> vaultList = listVaultsResult.getVaultList(); marker = listVaultsResult.getMarker(); for (DescribeVaultOutput vault : vaultList) { System.out.println( "\nCreationDate: " + vault.getCreationDate() + "\nLastInventoryDate: " + vault.getLastInventoryDate() + "\nNumberOfArchives: " + vault.getNumberOfArchives() + "\nSizeInBytes: " + vault.getSizeInBytes() + "\nVaultARN: " + vault.getVaultARN() + "\nVaultName: " + vault.getVaultName()); } } while (marker != null);

In the preceding code segment, if you don't specify the Limit value in the request, Amazon Glacier returns up to 1,000 vaults, as set by the Amazon Glacier API. If there are more vaults to list, the response marker field contains the vault Amazon Resource Name (ARN) at which to continue the list with a new request; otherwise, the marker field is null.

Note that the information returned for each vault in the list is the same as the information you get by calling the describeVault method for a specific vault.


The listVaults method calls the underlying REST API (see List Vaults (GET vaults)).

Example: Retrieving Vault Metadata Using the AWS SDK for Java

For a working code example, see Example: Creating a Vault Using the AWS SDK for Java. The Java code example creates a vault and retrieves the vault metadata.