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[ aws . cloudformation ]



Returns the template body for a specified stack. You can get the template for running or deleted stacks.

For deleted stacks, get-template returns the template for up to 90 days after the stack has been deleted.


If the template does not exist, a ValidationError is returned.


--stack-name <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]


--stack-name (string)

The name or the unique stack ID that is associated with the stack, which are not always interchangeable:

  • Running stacks: You can specify either the stack's name or its unique stack ID.
  • Deleted stacks: You must specify the unique stack ID.

Default: There is no default value.

--cli-input-json (string) Performs service operation based on the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, the CLI values will override the JSON-provided values.

--generate-cli-skeleton (boolean) Prints a sample input JSON to standard output. Note the specified operation is not run if this argument is specified. The sample input can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json.


To view the template body for an AWS CloudFormation stack

The following get-template command shows the template for the myteststack stack:

aws cloudformation get-template --stack-name myteststack


    "TemplateBody": {
        "AWSTemplateFormatVersion": "2010-09-09",
        "Outputs": {
            "BucketName": {
                "Description": "Name of S3 bucket to hold website content",
                "Value": {
                    "Ref": "S3Bucket"
        "Description": "AWS CloudFormation Sample Template S3_Bucket: Sample template showing how to create a publicly accessible S3 bucket. **WARNING** This template creates an S3 bucket. You will be billed for the AWS resources used if you create a stack from this template.",
        "Resources": {
            "S3Bucket": {
                "Type": "AWS::S3::Bucket",
                "Properties": {
                    "AccessControl": "PublicRead"


TemplateBody -> (string)

Structure containing the template body. (For more information, go to Template Anatomy in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.)

AWS CloudFormation returns the same template that was used when the stack was created.