AWS Identity and Access Management
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Actions, Resources, and Condition Keys for AWS CloudTrail

AWS CloudTrail (service prefix: cloudtrail) provides the following service-specific resources, actions, and condition context keys for use in IAM permission policies.


Actions Defined by AWS CloudTrail

You can specify the following actions in the Action element of an IAM policy statement. Use policies to grant permissions to perform an operation in AWS. When you use an action in a policy, you usually allow or deny access to the API operation or CLI command with the same name. However, in some cases, a single action controls access to more than one operation. Alternatively, some operations require several different actions.

The Resource column indicates whether each action supports resource-level permissions. If there is no value for this column, you must specify all resources ("*") in the Resource element of your policy statement. If the column includes a resource type, then you can specify an ARN of that type in a statement with that action. Required resources are indicated in the table with an asterisk (*). If you specify a resource-level permission ARN in a statement using this action, then it must be of this type. Some actions support multiple resource types. If the resource type is optional (not indicated as required), then you can choose to use one but not the other.

For details about the columns in the following table, see The Actions Table.

Actions Description Access Level Resource Types (*required) Condition Keys Dependent Actions
AddTags Grants permission to add one or more tags to a trail, up to a limit of 10 Tagging


CreateTrail Grants permission to create a trail that specifies the settings for delivery of log data to an Amazon S3 bucket Write



DeleteTrail Grants permission to delete a trail Write


DescribeTrails Grants permission to list settings for the trails associated with the current region for your account List
GetEventSelectors Grants permission to list settings for event selectors configured for a trail Read


GetTrailStatus Grants permission to retrieve a JSON-formatted list of information about the specified trail Read


ListPublicKeys Grants permission to list the public keys whose private keys were used to sign trail digest files within a specified time range Read
ListTags Grants permission to list the tags for trails in the current region Read


LookupEvents Grants permission to look up API activity events captured by CloudTrail that create, update, or delete resources in your account List
PutEventSelectors Grants permission to create and update event selectors for a trail Write


RemoveTags Grants permission to remove tags from a trail Tagging


StartLogging Grants permission to start the recording of AWS API calls and log file delivery for a trail Write


StopLogging Grants permission to stop the recording of AWS API calls and log file delivery for a trail Write


UpdateTrail Grants permission to update the settings that specify delivery of log files Write


Resources Defined by AWS CloudTrail

The following resource types are defined by this service and can be used in the Resource element of IAM permission policy statements. Each action in the Actions table identifies the resource types that can be specified with that action. A resource type can also define which condition keys you can include in a policy. These keys are displayed in the last column of the table. For details about the columns in the following table, see The Resource Types Table.

For policies that control access to CloudTrail actions, the Resource element is always set to "*". For information about using resource ARNs in an IAM policy, see Granting Custom Permissions in the AWS CloudTrail User Guide.

Resource Types ARN Condition Keys
trail arn:${Partition}:cloudtrail:${Region}:${Account}:trail/${TrailName}

Condition Keys for AWS CloudTrail

CloudTrail has no service-specific context keys that can be used in the Condition element of policy statements. For the list of the global context keys that are available to all services, see Available Keys for Conditions in the IAM Policy Reference.