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

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Describes one or more flow logs. To view the information in your flow logs (the log streams for the network interfaces), you must use the CloudWatch Logs console or the CloudWatch Logs API.

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.


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.

  • deliver-log-status - The status of the logs delivery (SUCCESS | FAILED).

  • log-destination-type - The type of destination to which the flow log publishes data. Possible destination types include cloud-watch-logs and S3.

  • flow-log-id - The ID of the flow log.

  • log-group-name - The name of the log group.

  • resource-id - The ID of the VPC, subnet, or network interface.

  • traffic-type - The type of traffic (ACCEPT | REJECT | ALL).

Type: Array of Filter objects

Required: No


One or more flow log IDs.

Constraint: Maximum of 1000 flow log IDs.

Type: Array of strings

Required: No


The maximum number of results to return with a single call. To retrieve the remaining results, make another call with the returned nextToken value.

Type: Integer

Required: No


The token for the next page of results.

Type: String

Required: No

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.


Information about the flow logs.

Type: Array of FlowLog objects


The token to use to retrieve the next page of results. This value is null when there are no more results to return.

Type: String


The ID of the request.

Type: String


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



This example describes all of your flow logs.

Sample Request &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<DescribeFlowLogsResponse xmlns=""> <requestId>3cb46f23-099e-4bf0-891c-EXAMPLE</requestId> <flowLogSet> <item> <logDestination>arn:aws:s3:::my-log-bucket/my-logs/</logDestination> <resourceId>vpc-001234183afc7cabc</resourceId> <logDestinationType>s3</logDestinationType> <creationTime>2019-07-31T11:46:13.831Z</creationTime> <trafficType>ALL</trafficType> <deliverLogsStatus>SUCCESS</deliverLogsStatus> <logFormat>${version} ${instance-id} ${interface-id} ${type} ${pkt-srcaddr} ${pkt-dstaddr} ${protocol} ${bytes} ${start} ${end} ${action}</logFormat> <flowLogStatus>ACTIVE</flowLogStatus> <flowLogId>fl-1234c5499532dbabc</flowLogId> </item> <item> <resourceId>vpc-1122e8183afc74455</resourceId> <logDestinationType>cloud-watch-logs</logDestinationType> <deliverLogsPermissionArn>arn:aws:iam::123456789101:role/flowlogsrole</deliverLogsPermissionArn> <creationTime>2019-07-24T13:11:42.383Z</creationTime> <trafficType>ALL</trafficType> <deliverLogsStatus>SUCCESS</deliverLogsStatus> <logFormat>${version} ${account-id} ${interface-id} ${srcaddr} ${dstaddr} ${srcport} ${dstport} ${protocol} ${packets} ${bytes} ${start} ${end} ${action} ${log-status}</logFormat> <flowLogStatus>ACTIVE</flowLogStatus> <logGroupName>FlowLogsForSubnetB</logGroupName> <flowLogId>fl-0abc1235983d13123</flowLogId> </item> </flowLogSet> </DescribeFlowLogsResponse>

See Also

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