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[ aws . kms ]



Schedules the deletion of a customer master key (CMK). You may provide a waiting period, specified in days, before deletion occurs. If you do not provide a waiting period, the default period of 30 days is used. When this operation is successful, the state of the CMK changes to PendingDeletion . Before the waiting period ends, you can use cancel-key-deletion to cancel the deletion of the CMK. After the waiting period ends, AWS KMS deletes the CMK and all AWS KMS data associated with it, including all aliases that refer to it.

You cannot perform this operation on a CMK in a different AWS account.


Deleting a CMK is a destructive and potentially dangerous operation. When a CMK is deleted, all data that was encrypted under the CMK is rendered unrecoverable. To restrict the use of a CMK without deleting it, use disable-key .

For more information about scheduling a CMK for deletion, see Deleting Customer Master Keys in the AWS Key Management Service Developer Guide .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--key-id <value>
[--pending-window-in-days <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--key-id (string)

The unique identifier of the customer master key (CMK) to delete.

Specify the key ID or the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the CMK.

For example:

  • Key ID: 1234abcd-12ab-34cd-56ef-1234567890ab
  • Key ARN: arn:aws:kms:us-east-2:111122223333:key/1234abcd-12ab-34cd-56ef-1234567890ab

To get the key ID and key ARN for a CMK, use list-keys or describe-key .

--pending-window-in-days (integer)

The waiting period, specified in number of days. After the waiting period ends, AWS KMS deletes the customer master key (CMK).

This value is optional. If you include a value, it must be between 7 and 30, inclusive. If you do not include a value, it defaults to 30.

--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.


KeyId -> (string)

The unique identifier of the customer master key (CMK) for which deletion is scheduled.

DeletionDate -> (timestamp)

The date and time after which AWS KMS deletes the customer master key (CMK).