DescribeKeyPairs - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud


Describes the specified key pairs or all of your key pairs.

For more information about key pairs, see Amazon EC2 key pairs in the Amazon Elastic Compute 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.


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


The filters.

  • key-pair-id - The ID of the key pair.

  • fingerprint - The fingerprint of the key pair.

  • key-name - The name of the key pair.

  • tag-key - The key of a tag assigned to the resource. Use this filter to find all resources assigned a tag with a specific key, regardless of the tag value.

  • tag:<key> - The key/value combination of a tag assigned to the resource. Use the tag key in the filter name and the tag value as the filter value. For example, to find all resources that have a tag with the key Owner and the value TeamA, specify tag:Owner for the filter name and TeamA for the filter value.

Type: Array of Filter objects

Required: No


If true, the public key material is included in the response.

Default: false

Type: Boolean

Required: No


The key pair names.

Default: Describes all of your key pairs.

Type: Array of strings

Required: No


The IDs of the key pairs.

Type: Array of strings

Required: No

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.


Information about the key pairs.

Type: Array of KeyPairInfo objects


The ID of the request.

Type: String


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common client error codes.



This example describes the key pair with name my-key-pair.

Sample Request &KeyName.1=my-key-pair &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<DescribeKeyPairsResponse xmlns=""> <requestId>59dbff89-35bd-4eac-99ed-be587EXAMPLE</requestId> <keySet> <item> <keyName>my-key-pair</keyName> <keyFingerprint>1f:51:ae:28:bf:89:e9:d8:1f:25:5d:37:2d:7d:b8:ca:9f:f5:f1:6f</keyFingerprint> </item> </keySet> </DescribeKeyPairsResponse>


This example filters the response to include only key pairs whose names include the string Dave.

Sample Request &Filter.1.Name=key-name &Filter.1.Value.1=*Dave* &AUTHPARAMS

See Also

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