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


This is the Amazon EC2 API Reference. It provides descriptions, syntax, and usage examples for each of the actions and data types for Amazon EC2 and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC).

The topic for each action shows the Query API request parameters and the XML response. You can also view the XML request elements in the WSDL.

Alternatively, you can use one of the AWS SDKs to access an API that's tailored to the programming language or platform that you're using. For more information, see AWS SDKs.

How Do I? Relevant Topics

Learn about using the Query API

Making API Requests

Get the list of API actions by function

List of Actions by Function

Get the alphabetical list of API actions


Get the alphabetical list of data types

Data Types

Get a list of common query parameters

Common Query Parameters

Get descriptions of the error codes

Common Client Errors


We have deprecated the SOAP API for Amazon EC2. For more information, see SOAP Requests.

To learn more about Amazon EC2 and Amazon VPC, see the following resources: