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Changes the password of the IAM user who is calling this action. The root account password is not affected by this action.

To change the password for a different user, see update-login-profile . For more information about modifying passwords, see Managing Passwords in the IAM User Guide .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--old-password <value>
--new-password <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--old-password (string)

The IAM user's current password.

--new-password (string)

The new password. The new password must conform to the AWS account's password policy, if one exists.

The regex pattern used to validate this parameter is a string of characters consisting of almost any printable ASCII character from the space (u0020) through the end of the ASCII character range (u00FF). You can also include the tab (u0009), line feed (u000A), and carriage return (u000D) characters. Although any of these characters are valid in a password, note that many tools, such as the AWS Management Console, might restrict the ability to enter certain characters because they have special meaning within that tool.

--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 (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.


To change the password for your IAM user

To change the password for your IAM user, we recommend using the --cli-input-json parameter to pass a JSON file that contains your old and new passwords. Using this method, you can use strong passwords with non-alphanumeric characters. It can be difficult to use passwords with non-alphanumeric characters when you pass them as command line parameters. To use the --cli-input-json parameter, start by using the change-password command with the --generate-cli-skeleton parameter, as in the following example:

aws iam change-password --generate-cli-skeleton > change-password.json

The previous command creates a JSON file called change-password.json that you can use to fill in your old and new passwords. For example, the file might look like this:

    "OldPassword": "3s0K_;xh4~8XXI",
    "NewPassword": "]35d/{pB9Fo9wJ"

Next, to change your password, use the change-password command again, this time passing the --cli-input-json parameter to specify your JSON file. The following change-password command uses the --cli-input-json parameter with a JSON file called change-password.json:

aws iam change-password --cli-input-json file://change-password.json

This command can be called by IAM users only. If this command is called using AWS account (root) credentials, the command returns an InvalidUserType error.

For more information, see How IAM Users Change Their Own Password in the Using IAM guide.