API Gateway resources that can be tagged - Amazon API Gateway

API Gateway resources that can be tagged

Tags can be set on the following HTTP API or WebSocket API resources in the Amazon API Gateway V2 API:

  • Api

  • DomainName

  • Stage

  • VpcLink

In addition, tags can be set on the following REST API resources in the Amazon API Gateway V1 API:

  • ApiKey

  • ClientCertificate

  • DomainName

  • RestApi

  • Stage

  • UsagePlan

  • VpcLink

Tags cannot be set directly on other resources. However, in the Amazon API Gateway V1 API, child resources inherit the tags that are set on parent resources. For example:

  • If a tag is set on a RestApi resource, that tag is inherited by the following child resources of that RestApi for Attribute-based access control:

    • Authorizer

    • Deployment

    • Documentation

    • GatewayResponse

    • Integration

    • Method

    • Model

    • Resource

    • ResourcePolicy

    • Setting

    • Stage

  • If a tag is set on a DomainName, that tag is inherited by any BasePathMapping resources under it.

  • If a tag is set on a UsagePlan, that tag is inherited by any UsagePlanKey resources under it.


Tag inheritance applies only to attribute-based access control. For example, you can't use inherited tags to monitor costs in AWS Cost Explorer. API Gateway doesn't return inherited tags when you call GetTags for a resource.

Tag inheritance in the Amazon API Gateway V1 API

Previously it was only possible to set tags on stages. Now that you can also set them on other resources, a Stage can receive a tag two ways:

  • The tag can be set directly on the Stage.

  • The stage can inherit the tag from its parent RestApi.

If a stage receives a tag both ways, the tag that was set directly on the stage takes precedence. For example, suppose a stage inherits the following tags from its parent REST API:

{ 'foo': 'bar', 'x':'y' }

Suppose it also has the following tags set on it directly:

{ 'foo': 'bar2', 'hello': 'world' }

The net effect would be for the stage to have the following tags, with the following values:

{ 'foo': 'bar2', 'hello': 'world' 'x':'y' }

Tag restrictions and usage conventions

The following restrictions and usage conventions apply to using tags with API Gateway resources:

  • Each resource can have a maximum of 50 tags.

  • For each resource, each tag key must be unique, and each tag key can have only one value.

  • The maximum tag key length is 128 Unicode characters in UTF-8.

  • The maximum tag value length is 256 Unicode characters in UTF-8.

  • Allowed characters for keys and values are letters, numbers, spaces representable in UTF-8, and the following characters: . : + = @ _ / - (hyphen). Amazon EC2 resources allow any characters.

  • Tag keys and values are case-sensitive. As a best practice, decide on a strategy for capitalizing tags, and consistently implement that strategy across all resource types. For example, decide whether to use Costcenter, costcenter, or CostCenter, and use the same convention for all tags. Avoid using similar tags with inconsistent case treatment.

  • The aws: prefix is prohibited for tags; it's reserved for AWS use. You can't edit or delete tag keys or values with this prefix. Tags with this prefix do not count against your tags per resource limit.