Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
API Reference (API Version 2016-11-15)


Describes one or more of your VPN customer gateways.

For more information about VPN customer gateways, see AWS Managed VPN Connections in the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud User Guide.

Request Parameters

The following parameters are for this specific action. For more information about required and optional parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Query Parameters.


One or more customer gateway IDs.

Default: Describes all your customer gateways.

Type: Array of strings

Required: No


Checks whether you have the required permissions for the action, without actually making the request, and provides an error response. If you have the required permissions, the error response is DryRunOperation. Otherwise, it is UnauthorizedOperation.

Type: Boolean

Required: No


One or more filters.

  • bgp-asn - The customer gateway's Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Autonomous System Number (ASN).

  • customer-gateway-id - The ID of the customer gateway.

  • ip-address - The IP address of the customer gateway's Internet-routable external interface.

  • state - The state of the customer gateway (pending | available | deleting | deleted).

  • type - The type of customer gateway. Currently, the only supported type is ipsec.1.

  • tag:key=value - The key/value combination of a tag assigned to the resource. Specify the key of the tag in the filter name and the value of the tag in the filter value. For example, for the tag Purpose=X, specify tag:Purpose for the filter name and X for the filter value.

  • tag-key - The key of a tag assigned to the resource. This filter is independent of the tag-value filter. For example, if you use both the filter "tag-key=Purpose" and the filter "tag-value=X", you get any resources assigned both the tag key Purpose (regardless of what the tag's value is), and the tag value X (regardless of what the tag's key is). If you want to list only resources where Purpose is X, see the tag:key=value filter.

  • tag-value - The value of a tag assigned to the resource. This filter is independent of the tag-key filter.

Type: Array of Filter objects

Required: No

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.


Information about one or more customer gateways.

Type: Array of CustomerGateway objects


The ID of the request.

Type: String


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Client Errors.


Example 1

This example request describes the specified customer gateway.

Sample Request &CustomerGatewayId.1=cgw-b4dc3961 &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<DescribeCustomerGatewaysResponse xmlns=""> <requestId>7a62c49f-347e-4fc4-9331-6e8eEXAMPLE</requestId> <customerGatewaySet> <item> <customerGatewayId>cgw-b4dc3961</customerGatewayId> <state>available</state> <type>ipsec.1</type> <ipAddress></ipAddress> <bgpAsn>65534</bgpasn> <tagSet/> </item> </customerGatewaySet> </DescribeCustomerGatewaysResponse>

Example 2

This example request uses filters to describe any customer gateway you own whose IP address is, and whose state is either pending or available.

Sample Request &Filter.1.Name=ip-address &Filter.1.Value.1= &Filter.2.Name=state &Filter.2.Value.1=pending &Filter.2.Value.2=available &AUTHPARAMS

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: