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Describes the specified attribute of the specified snapshot. You can specify only one attribute at a time.

For more information about EBS snapshots, see Amazon EBS Snapshots in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--attribute <value>
--snapshot-id <value>
[--dry-run | --no-dry-run]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--attribute (string)

The snapshot attribute you would like to view.

Possible values:

  • productCodes
  • createVolumePermission

--snapshot-id (string)

The ID of the EBS snapshot.

--dry-run | --no-dry-run (boolean)

Checks whether you have the required permissions for the action, without actually making the request, and provides an error response. If you have the required permissions, the error response is DryRunOperation . Otherwise, it is UnauthorizedOperation .

--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.

--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.


To describe snapshot attributes

This example command describes the createVolumePermission attribute on a snapshot with the snapshot ID of snap-066877671789bd71b.


aws ec2 describe-snapshot-attribute --snapshot-id snap-066877671789bd71b --attribute createVolumePermission


    "SnapshotId": "snap-066877671789bd71b",
    "CreateVolumePermissions": []


CreateVolumePermissions -> (list)

A list of permissions for creating volumes from the snapshot.


Describes the user or group to be added or removed from the permissions for a volume.

Group -> (string)

The specific group that is to be added or removed from a volume's list of create volume permissions.

UserId -> (string)

The specific AWS account ID that is to be added or removed from a volume's list of create volume permissions.

ProductCodes -> (list)

A list of product codes.


Describes a product code.

ProductCodeId -> (string)

The product code.

ProductCodeType -> (string)

The type of product code.

SnapshotId -> (string)

The ID of the EBS snapshot.