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[ aws . redshift ]



Creates a manual snapshot of the specified cluster. The cluster must be in the available state.

For more information about working with snapshots, go to Amazon Redshift Snapshots in the Amazon Redshift Cluster Management Guide .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--snapshot-identifier <value>
--cluster-identifier <value>
[--tags <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--snapshot-identifier (string)

A unique identifier for the snapshot that you are requesting. This identifier must be unique for all snapshots within the AWS account.


  • Cannot be null, empty, or blank
  • Must contain from 1 to 255 alphanumeric characters or hyphens
  • First character must be a letter
  • Cannot end with a hyphen or contain two consecutive hyphens

Example: my-snapshot-id

--cluster-identifier (string)

The cluster identifier for which you want a snapshot.

--tags (list)

A list of tag instances.

Shorthand Syntax:

Key=string,Value=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "string",
    "Value": "string"

--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.


Create a Cluster Snapshot

This example creates a new cluster snapshot. By default, the output is in JSON format.


aws redshift create-cluster-snapshot --cluster-identifier mycluster --snapshot-identifier my-snapshot-id


   "Snapshot": {
      "Status": "creating",
      "SnapshotCreateTime": "2013-01-22T22:20:33.548Z",
      "AvailabilityZone": "us-east-1a",
      "ClusterVersion": "1.0",
      "MasterUsername": "adminuser",
      "DBName": "dev",
      "ClusterCreateTime": "2013-01-22T21:59:29.559Z",
      "SnapshotType": "manual",
      "NodeType": "dw.hs1.xlarge",
      "ClusterIdentifier": "mycluster",
      "Port": 5439,
      "NumberOfNodes": "2",
      "SnapshotIdentifier": "my-snapshot-id"
   "ResponseMetadata": {
      "RequestId": "f024d1a5-64e1-11e2-88c5-53eb05787dfb"


Snapshot -> (structure)

Describes a snapshot.

SnapshotIdentifier -> (string)

The snapshot identifier that is provided in the request.

ClusterIdentifier -> (string)

The identifier of the cluster for which the snapshot was taken.

SnapshotCreateTime -> (timestamp)

The time (UTC) when Amazon Redshift began the snapshot. A snapshot contains a copy of the cluster data as of this exact time.

Status -> (string)

The snapshot status. The value of the status depends on the API operation used.

  • create-cluster-snapshot and copy-cluster-snapshot returns status as "creating".
  • describe-cluster-snapshots returns status as "creating", "available", "final snapshot", or "failed".
  • delete-cluster-snapshot returns status as "deleted".

Port -> (integer)

The port that the cluster is listening on.

AvailabilityZone -> (string)

The Availability Zone in which the cluster was created.

ClusterCreateTime -> (timestamp)

The time (UTC) when the cluster was originally created.

MasterUsername -> (string)

The master user name for the cluster.

ClusterVersion -> (string)

The version ID of the Amazon Redshift engine that is running on the cluster.

SnapshotType -> (string)

The snapshot type. Snapshots created using create-cluster-snapshot and copy-cluster-snapshot will be of type "manual".

NodeType -> (string)

The node type of the nodes in the cluster.

NumberOfNodes -> (integer)

The number of nodes in the cluster.

DBName -> (string)

The name of the database that was created when the cluster was created.

VpcId -> (string)

The VPC identifier of the cluster if the snapshot is from a cluster in a VPC. Otherwise, this field is not in the output.

Encrypted -> (boolean)

If true , the data in the snapshot is encrypted at rest.

KmsKeyId -> (string)

The AWS Key Management Service (KMS) key ID of the encryption key that was used to encrypt data in the cluster from which the snapshot was taken.

EncryptedWithHSM -> (boolean)

A boolean that indicates whether the snapshot data is encrypted using the HSM keys of the source cluster. true indicates that the data is encrypted using HSM keys.

AccountsWithRestoreAccess -> (list)

A list of the AWS customer accounts authorized to restore the snapshot. Returns null if no accounts are authorized. Visible only to the snapshot owner.


Describes an AWS customer account authorized to restore a snapshot.

AccountId -> (string)

The identifier of an AWS customer account authorized to restore a snapshot.

OwnerAccount -> (string)

For manual snapshots, the AWS customer account used to create or copy the snapshot. For automatic snapshots, the owner of the cluster. The owner can perform all snapshot actions, such as sharing a manual snapshot.

TotalBackupSizeInMegaBytes -> (double)

The size of the complete set of backup data that would be used to restore the cluster.

ActualIncrementalBackupSizeInMegaBytes -> (double)

The size of the incremental backup.

BackupProgressInMegaBytes -> (double)

The number of megabytes that have been transferred to the snapshot backup.

CurrentBackupRateInMegaBytesPerSecond -> (double)

The number of megabytes per second being transferred to the snapshot backup. Returns 0 for a completed backup.

EstimatedSecondsToCompletion -> (long)

The estimate of the time remaining before the snapshot backup will complete. Returns 0 for a completed backup.

ElapsedTimeInSeconds -> (long)

The amount of time an in-progress snapshot backup has been running, or the amount of time it took a completed backup to finish.

SourceRegion -> (string)

The source region from which the snapshot was copied.

Tags -> (list)

The list of tags for the cluster snapshot.


A tag consisting of a name/value pair for a resource.

Key -> (string)

The key, or name, for the resource tag.

Value -> (string)

The value for the resource tag.

RestorableNodeTypes -> (list)

The list of node types that this cluster snapshot is able to restore into.


EnhancedVpcRouting -> (boolean)

An option that specifies whether to create the cluster with enhanced VPC routing enabled. To create a cluster that uses enhanced VPC routing, the cluster must be in a VPC. For more information, see Enhanced VPC Routing in the Amazon Redshift Cluster Management Guide.

If this option is true , enhanced VPC routing is enabled.

Default: false