GetPolicyVersion - AWS Identity and Access Management


Retrieves information about the specified version of the specified managed policy, including the policy document.


Policies returned by this operation are URL-encoded compliant with RFC 3986. You can use a URL decoding method to convert the policy back to plain JSON text. For example, if you use Java, you can use the decode method of the utility class in the Java SDK. Other languages and SDKs provide similar functionality.

To list the available versions for a policy, use ListPolicyVersions.

This operation retrieves information about managed policies. To retrieve information about an inline policy that is embedded in a user, group, or role, use GetUserPolicy, GetGroupPolicy, or GetRolePolicy.

For more information about the types of policies, see Managed policies and inline policies in the IAM User Guide.

For more information about managed policy versions, see Versioning for managed policies in the IAM User Guide.

Request Parameters

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


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

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

Type: String

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

Required: Yes


Identifies the policy version to retrieve.

This parameter allows (through its regex pattern) a string of characters that consists of the lowercase letter 'v' followed by one or two digits, and optionally followed by a period '.' and a string of letters and digits.

Type: String

Pattern: v[1-9][0-9]*(\.[A-Za-z0-9-]*)?

Required: Yes

Response Elements

The following element is returned by the service.


A structure containing details about the policy version.

Type: PolicyVersion object


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


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

HTTP Status Code: 400


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

HTTP Status Code: 404


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

HTTP Status Code: 500



This example illustrates one usage of GetPolicyVersion.

Sample Request &PolicyArn=arn:aws:iam::123456789012:policy/S3-read-only-example-bucket &VersionId=v1 &Version=2010-05-08 &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<GetPolicyVersionResponse xmlns=""> <GetPolicyVersionResult> <PolicyVersion> <Document> {"Version":"2012-10-17","Statement":[{"Effect":"Allow","Action":["s3:Get*","s3:List*"], "Resource":["arn:aws:s3:::EXAMPLE-BUCKET","arn:aws:s3:::EXAMPLE-BUCKET/*"]}]} </Document> <IsDefaultVersion>true</IsDefaultVersion> <VersionId>v1</VersionId> <CreateDate>2014-09-15T20:31:47Z</CreateDate> </PolicyVersion> </GetPolicyVersionResult> <ResponseMetadata> <RequestId>d472f28e-3d23-11e4-a4a0-cffb9EXAMPLE</RequestId> </ResponseMetadata> </GetPolicyVersionResponse>

See Also

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