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AWS Identity and Access Management
API Reference (API Version 2010-05-08)

GetPolicy

Retrieves information about the specified managed policy, including the policy's default version and the total number of IAM users, groups, and roles to which the policy is attached. To retrieve the list of the specific users, groups, and roles that the policy is attached to, use the ListEntitiesForPolicy API. This API returns metadata about the policy. To retrieve the actual policy document for a specific version of the policy, use GetPolicyVersion.

This API retrieves information about managed policies. To retrieve information about an inline policy that is embedded with an IAM user, group, or role, use the GetUserPolicy, GetGroupPolicy, or GetRolePolicy API.

For more information about policies, see Managed Policies and Inline Policies in the IAM User Guide.

Request Parameters

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

PolicyArn

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the managed policy that you want information about.

For more information about ARNs, see Amazon Resource Names (ARNs) and AWS Service Namespaces in the AWS General Reference.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 20. Maximum length of 2048.

Required: Yes

Response Elements

The following element is returned by the service.

Policy

A structure containing details about the policy.

Type: Policy object

Errors

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

InvalidInput

The request was rejected because an invalid or out-of-range value was supplied for an input parameter.

HTTP Status Code: 400

NoSuchEntity

The request was rejected because it referenced an entity that does not exist. The error message describes the entity.

HTTP Status Code: 404

ServiceFailure

The request processing has failed because of an unknown error, exception or failure.

HTTP Status Code: 500

Example

Sample Request

https://iam.amazonaws.com/?Action=GetPolicy &PolicyArn=arn:aws:iam::123456789012:policy/S3-read-only-example-bucket &Version=2010-05-08 &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<GetPolicyResponse xmlns="https://iam.amazonaws.com/doc/2010-05-08/"> <GetPolicyResult> <Policy> <PolicyName>S3-read-only-example-bucket</PolicyName> <Description>Allows read-only access to the example bucket</Description> <DefaultVersionId>v1</DefaultVersionId> <PolicyId>AGPACKCEVSQ6C2EXAMPLE</PolicyId> <Path>/</Path> <Arn>arn:aws:iam::123456789012:policy/S3-read-only-example-bucket</Arn> <AttachmentCount>9</AttachmentCount> <CreateDate>2014-09-15T17:36:14Z</CreateDate> <UpdateDate>2014-09-15T20:31:47Z</UpdateDate> </Policy> </GetPolicyResult> <ResponseMetadata> <RequestId>684f0917-3d22-11e4-a4a0-cffb9EXAMPLE</RequestId> </ResponseMetadata> </GetPolicyResponse>

See Also

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