Amazon CloudWatch
API Reference (API Version 2010-08-01)


You can use the GetMetricWidgetImage API to retrieve a snapshot graph of one or more Amazon CloudWatch metrics as a bitmap image. You can then embed this image into your services and products, such as wiki pages, reports, and documents. You could also retrieve images regularly, such as every minute, and create your own custom live dashboard.

The graph you retrieve can include all CloudWatch metric graph features, including metric math and horizontal and vertical annotations.

There is a limit of 20 transactions per second for this API. Each GetMetricWidgetImage action has the following limits:

  • As many as 100 metrics in the graph.

  • Up to 100 KB uncompressed payload.

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.


A JSON string that defines the bitmap graph to be retrieved. The string includes the metrics to include in the graph, statistics, annotations, title, axis limits, and so on. You can include only one MetricWidget parameter in each GetMetricWidgetImage call.

For more information about the syntax of MetricWidget see GetMetricWidgetImage: Metric Widget Structure and Syntax.

If any metric on the graph could not load all the requested data points, an orange triangle with an exclamation point appears next to the graph legend.

Type: String

Required: Yes


The format of the resulting image. Only PNG images are supported.

The default is png. If you specify png, the API returns an HTTP response with the content-type set to text/xml. The image data is in a MetricWidgetImage field. For example:

<GetMetricWidgetImageResponse xmlns="">










The image/png setting is intended only for custom HTTP requests. For most use cases, and all actions using an AWS SDK, you should use png. If you specify image/png, the HTTP response has a content-type set to image/png, and the body of the response is a PNG image.

Type: String

Required: No

Response Elements

The following element is returned by the service.


The image of the graph, in the output format specified.

Type: Base64-encoded binary data object


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


The following is an example of a GetMetricWidgetImage call. This example displays a graph showing an image of the Average statistic for the CPUUtilization metric for two Amazon EC2 instances, with both horizontal and vertical annotations.

{ "OutputFormat":"png", "MetricWidget":{ "width":600, "height":395, "metrics":[ [ "AWS/EC2", "CPUUtilization", "InstanceId", "i-1234567890abcdef0", { "stat":"Average" } ], [ "AWS/EC2", "CPUUtilization", "InstanceId", "i-0987654321abcdef0", { "stat":"Average" } ] ], "period":300, "start":"-P30D", "end":"PT0H", "stacked":false, "yAxis":{ "left":{ "min":0.1, "max":1 }, "right":{ "min":0 } }, "title":"CPU for Two Instances", "annotations":{ "horizontal":[ { "color":"#ff6961", "label":"Trouble threshold start", "fill":"above", "value":0.5 } ], "vertical":[ { "visible":true, "color":"#9467bd", "label":"Bug fix deployed", "value":"2018-08-28T15:25:26Z", "fill":"after" } ] } } }

See Also

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