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Creates a Systems Manager document.

After you create a document, you can use create-association to associate it with one or more running instances.

See also: AWS API Documentation


--content <value>
--name <value>
[--document-type <value>]
[--document-format <value>]
[--target-type <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--content (string)

A valid JSON or YAML string.

--name (string)

A name for the Systems Manager document.

--document-type (string)

The type of document to create. Valid document types include: Policy, Automation, and Command.

Possible values:

  • Command
  • Policy
  • Automation

--document-format (string)

Specify the document format for the request. The document format can be either JSON or YAML. JSON is the default format.

Possible values:

  • YAML
  • JSON

--target-type (string)

Specify a target type to define the kinds of resources the document can run on. For example, to run a document on EC2 instances, specify the following value: /AWS::EC2::Instance. If you specify a value of '/' the document can run on all types of resources. If you don't specify a value, the document can't run on any resources. For a list of valid resource types, see AWS Resource Types Reference in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide .

--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 create a document

This example creates a document in your account. The document must be in JSON format. Note that file:// must be referenced followed by the path of the content file. For more information about writing a configuration document, see Configuration Document in the SSM API Reference.


aws ssm create-document --content "file://RunShellScript.json" --name "RunShellScript" --document-type "Command"


  "DocumentDescription": {
      "Status": "Creating",
      "Hash": "95cf32aa8c4c4e6f0eb81c4d0cc9a81aa5d209c2c67c703bdea7a233b5596eb
      "Name": "RunShellScript",
      "Parameters": [
              "Type": "StringList",
              "Name": "commands",
              "Description": "(Required) Specify a shell script or a command to run."
      "DocumentType": "Command",
      "PlatformTypes": [
      "DocumentVersion": "1",
      "HashType": "Sha256",
      "CreatedDate": 1487871523.324,
      "Owner": "809632081692",
      "SchemaVersion": "2.0",
      "DefaultVersion": "1",
      "LatestVersion": "1",
      "Description": "Run a script"


DocumentDescription -> (structure)

Information about the Systems Manager document.

Sha1 -> (string)

The SHA1 hash of the document, which you can use for verification.

Hash -> (string)

The Sha256 or Sha1 hash created by the system when the document was created.


Sha1 hashes have been deprecated.

HashType -> (string)

Sha256 or Sha1.


Sha1 hashes have been deprecated.

Name -> (string)

The name of the Systems Manager document.

Owner -> (string)

The AWS user account that created the document.

CreatedDate -> (timestamp)

The date when the document was created.

Status -> (string)

The status of the Systems Manager document.

DocumentVersion -> (string)

The document version.

Description -> (string)

A description of the document.

Parameters -> (list)

A description of the parameters for a document.


Parameters specified in a System Manager document that execute on the server when the command is run.

Name -> (string)

The name of the parameter.

Type -> (string)

The type of parameter. The type can be either String or StringList.

Description -> (string)

A description of what the parameter does, how to use it, the default value, and whether or not the parameter is optional.

DefaultValue -> (string)

If specified, the default values for the parameters. Parameters without a default value are required. Parameters with a default value are optional.

PlatformTypes -> (list)

The list of OS platforms compatible with this Systems Manager document.


DocumentType -> (string)

The type of document.

SchemaVersion -> (string)

The schema version.

LatestVersion -> (string)

The latest version of the document.

DefaultVersion -> (string)

The default version.

DocumentFormat -> (string)

The document format, either JSON or YAML.

TargetType -> (string)

The target type which defines the kinds of resources the document can run on. For example, /AWS::EC2::Instance. For a list of valid resource types, see AWS Resource Types Reference in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide .

Tags -> (list)

The tags, or metadata, that have been applied to the document.


Metadata that you assign to your AWS resources. Tags enable you to categorize your resources in different ways, for example, by purpose, owner, or environment. In Systems Manager, you can apply tags to documents, managed instances, Maintenance Windows, Parameter Store parameters, and patch baselines.

Key -> (string)

The name of the tag.

Value -> (string)

The value of the tag.