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Deletes the specified scaling policy for an Application Auto Scaling scalable target.

Deleting a step scaling policy deletes the underlying alarm action, but does not delete the CloudWatch alarm associated with the scaling policy, even if it no longer has an associated action.

For more information, see Delete a Step Scaling Policy and Delete a Target Tracking Scaling Policy in the Application Auto Scaling User Guide .

To create a scaling policy or update an existing one, see PutScalingPolicy .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--policy-name <value>
--service-namespace <value>
--resource-id <value>
--scalable-dimension <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--policy-name (string)

The name of the scaling policy.

--service-namespace (string)

The namespace of the AWS service that provides the resource or custom-resource for a resource provided by your own application or service. For more information, see AWS Service Namespaces in the Amazon Web Services General Reference .

Possible values:

  • ecs
  • elasticmapreduce
  • ec2
  • appstream
  • dynamodb
  • rds
  • sagemaker
  • custom-resource
  • comprehend
  • lambda

--resource-id (string)

The identifier of the resource associated with the scalable target. This string consists of the resource type and unique identifier.

  • ECS service - The resource type is service and the unique identifier is the cluster name and service name. Example: service/default/sample-webapp .
  • Spot Fleet request - The resource type is spot-fleet-request and the unique identifier is the Spot Fleet request ID. Example: spot-fleet-request/sfr-73fbd2ce-aa30-494c-8788-1cee4EXAMPLE .
  • EMR cluster - The resource type is instancegroup and the unique identifier is the cluster ID and instance group ID. Example: instancegroup/j-2EEZNYKUA1NTV/ig-1791Y4E1L8YI0 .
  • AppStream 2.0 fleet - The resource type is fleet and the unique identifier is the fleet name. Example: fleet/sample-fleet .
  • DynamoDB table - The resource type is table and the unique identifier is the table name. Example: table/my-table .
  • DynamoDB global secondary index - The resource type is index and the unique identifier is the index name. Example: table/my-table/index/my-table-index .
  • Aurora DB cluster - The resource type is cluster and the unique identifier is the cluster name. Example: cluster:my-db-cluster .
  • Amazon SageMaker endpoint variant - The resource type is variant and the unique identifier is the resource ID. Example: endpoint/my-end-point/variant/KMeansClustering .
  • Custom resources are not supported with a resource type. This parameter must specify the OutputValue from the CloudFormation template stack used to access the resources. The unique identifier is defined by the service provider. More information is available in our GitHub repository .
  • Amazon Comprehend document classification endpoint - The resource type and unique identifier are specified using the endpoint ARN. Example: arn:aws:comprehend:us-west-2:123456789012:document-classifier-endpoint/EXAMPLE .
  • Lambda provisioned concurrency - The resource type is function and the unique identifier is the function name with a function version or alias name suffix that is not $LATEST . Example: function:my-function:prod or function:my-function:1 .

--scalable-dimension (string)

The scalable dimension. This string consists of the service namespace, resource type, and scaling property.

  • ecs:service:DesiredCount - The desired task count of an ECS service.
  • ec2:spot-fleet-request:TargetCapacity - The target capacity of a Spot Fleet request.
  • elasticmapreduce:instancegroup:InstanceCount - The instance count of an EMR Instance Group.
  • appstream:fleet:DesiredCapacity - The desired capacity of an AppStream 2.0 fleet.
  • dynamodb:table:ReadCapacityUnits - The provisioned read capacity for a DynamoDB table.
  • dynamodb:table:WriteCapacityUnits - The provisioned write capacity for a DynamoDB table.
  • dynamodb:index:ReadCapacityUnits - The provisioned read capacity for a DynamoDB global secondary index.
  • dynamodb:index:WriteCapacityUnits - The provisioned write capacity for a DynamoDB global secondary index.
  • rds:cluster:ReadReplicaCount - The count of Aurora Replicas in an Aurora DB cluster. Available for Aurora MySQL-compatible edition and Aurora PostgreSQL-compatible edition.
  • sagemaker:variant:DesiredInstanceCount - The number of EC2 instances for an Amazon SageMaker model endpoint variant.
  • custom-resource:ResourceType:Property - The scalable dimension for a custom resource provided by your own application or service.
  • comprehend:document-classifier-endpoint:DesiredInferenceUnits - The number of inference units for an Amazon Comprehend document classification endpoint.
  • lambda:function:ProvisionedConcurrency - The provisioned concurrency for a Lambda function.

Possible values:

  • ecs:service:DesiredCount
  • ec2:spot-fleet-request:TargetCapacity
  • elasticmapreduce:instancegroup:InstanceCount
  • appstream:fleet:DesiredCapacity
  • dynamodb:table:ReadCapacityUnits
  • dynamodb:table:WriteCapacityUnits
  • dynamodb:index:ReadCapacityUnits
  • dynamodb:index:WriteCapacityUnits
  • rds:cluster:ReadReplicaCount
  • sagemaker:variant:DesiredInstanceCount
  • custom-resource:ResourceType:Property
  • comprehend:document-classifier-endpoint:DesiredInferenceUnits
  • lambda:function:ProvisionedConcurrency

--cli-input-json (string) Performs service operation based on the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, the CLI values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


To delete a scaling policy

This example deletes a scaling policy for the Amazon ECS service web-app running in the default cluster.


aws application-autoscaling delete-scaling-policy --policy-name web-app-cpu-lt-25 --scalable-dimension ecs:service:DesiredCount --resource-id service/default/web-app --service-namespace ecs