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[ aws . iam ]



Retrieves the password policy for the AWS account. For more information about using a password policy, go to Managing an IAM Password Policy .

See also: AWS API Documentation


[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <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 (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 see the current account password policy

The following get-account-password-policy command displays details about the password policy for the current account:

aws iam get-account-password-policy


    "PasswordPolicy": {
        "AllowUsersToChangePassword": false,
        "RequireLowercaseCharacters": false,
        "RequireUppercaseCharacters": false,
        "MinimumPasswordLength": 8,
        "RequireNumbers": true,
        "RequireSymbols": true

If no password policy is defined for the account, the command returns a NoSuchEntity error.

For more information, see Managing an IAM Password Policy in the Using IAM guide.


PasswordPolicy -> (structure)

A structure that contains details about the account's password policy.

MinimumPasswordLength -> (integer)

Minimum length to require for IAM user passwords.

RequireSymbols -> (boolean)

Specifies whether to require symbols for IAM user passwords.

RequireNumbers -> (boolean)

Specifies whether to require numbers for IAM user passwords.

RequireUppercaseCharacters -> (boolean)

Specifies whether to require uppercase characters for IAM user passwords.

RequireLowercaseCharacters -> (boolean)

Specifies whether to require lowercase characters for IAM user passwords.

AllowUsersToChangePassword -> (boolean)

Specifies whether IAM users are allowed to change their own password.

ExpirePasswords -> (boolean)

Indicates whether passwords in the account expire. Returns true if MaxPasswordAge is contains a value greater than 0. Returns false if MaxPasswordAge is 0 or not present.

MaxPasswordAge -> (integer)

The number of days that an IAM user password is valid.

PasswordReusePrevention -> (integer)

Specifies the number of previous passwords that IAM users are prevented from reusing.

HardExpiry -> (boolean)

Specifies whether IAM users are prevented from setting a new password after their password has expired.