StartCopyJob - AWS Backup


Starts a job to create a one-time copy of the specified resource.

Does not support continuous backups.

Request Syntax

PUT /copy-jobs HTTP/1.1 Content-type: application/json { "DestinationBackupVaultArn": "string", "IamRoleArn": "string", "IdempotencyToken": "string", "Lifecycle": { "DeleteAfterDays": number, "MoveToColdStorageAfterDays": number, "OptInToArchiveForSupportedResources": boolean }, "RecoveryPointArn": "string", "SourceBackupVaultName": "string" }

URI Request Parameters

The request does not use any URI parameters.

Request Body

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


An Amazon Resource Name (ARN) that uniquely identifies a destination backup vault to copy to; for example, arn:aws:backup:us-east-1:123456789012:backup-vault:aBackupVault.

Type: String

Required: Yes


Specifies the IAM role ARN used to copy the target recovery point; for example, arn:aws:iam::123456789012:role/S3Access.

Type: String

Required: Yes


A customer-chosen string that you can use to distinguish between otherwise identical calls to StartCopyJob. Retrying a successful request with the same idempotency token results in a success message with no action taken.

Type: String

Required: No


Specifies the time period, in days, before a recovery point transitions to cold storage or is deleted.

Backups transitioned to cold storage must be stored in cold storage for a minimum of 90 days. Therefore, on the console, the retention setting must be 90 days greater than the transition to cold after days setting. The transition to cold after days setting can't be changed after a backup has been transitioned to cold.

Resource types that can transition to cold storage are listed in the Feature availability by resource table. AWS Backup ignores this expression for other resource types.

To remove the existing lifecycle and retention periods and keep your recovery points indefinitely, specify -1 for MoveToColdStorageAfterDays and DeleteAfterDays.

Type: Lifecycle object

Required: No


An ARN that uniquely identifies a recovery point to use for the copy job; for example, arn:aws:backup:us-east-1:123456789012:recovery-point:1EB3B5E7-9EB0-435A-A80B-108B488B0D45.

Type: String

Required: Yes


The name of a logical source container where backups are stored. Backup vaults are identified by names that are unique to the account used to create them and the AWS Region where they are created. They consist of lowercase letters, numbers, and hyphens.

Type: String

Pattern: ^[a-zA-Z0-9\-\_]{2,50}$

Required: Yes

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 200 Content-type: application/json { "CopyJobId": "string", "CreationDate": number, "IsParent": boolean }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


Uniquely identifies a copy job.

Type: String


The date and time that a copy job is created, in Unix format and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The value of CreationDate is accurate to milliseconds. For example, the value 1516925490.087 represents Friday, January 26, 2018 12:11:30.087 AM.

Type: Timestamp


This is a returned boolean value indicating this is a parent (composite) copy job.

Type: Boolean


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


Indicates that something is wrong with a parameter's value. For example, the value is out of range.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Indicates that something is wrong with the input to the request. For example, a parameter is of the wrong type.

HTTP Status Code: 400


A limit in the request has been exceeded; for example, a maximum number of items allowed in a request.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Indicates that a required parameter is missing.

HTTP Status Code: 400


A resource that is required for the action doesn't exist.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The request failed due to a temporary failure of the server.

HTTP Status Code: 500

See Also

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