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[ aws . iam ]



Retrieves the password policy for the Amazon Web Services account. This tells you the complexity requirements and mandatory rotation periods for the IAM user passwords in your account. For more information about using a password policy, see Managing an IAM password policy .

See also: AWS API Documentation


[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--endpoint-url <value>]
[--output <value>]
[--query <value>]
[--profile <value>]
[--region <value>]
[--version <value>]
[--color <value>]
[--ca-bundle <value>]
[--cli-read-timeout <value>]
[--cli-connect-timeout <value>]


--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.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command's default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.



To use the following examples, you must have the AWS CLI installed and configured. See the Getting started guide in the AWS CLI User Guide for more information.

Unless otherwise stated, all examples have unix-like quotation rules. These examples will need to be adapted to your terminal's quoting rules. See Using quotation marks with strings in the AWS CLI User Guide .

To see the current account password policy

The following get-account-password-policy command displays details about the password policy for the current account.

aws iam get-account-password-policy


    "PasswordPolicy": {
        "AllowUsersToChangePassword": false,
        "RequireLowercaseCharacters": false,
        "RequireUppercaseCharacters": false,
        "MinimumPasswordLength": 8,
        "RequireNumbers": true,
        "RequireSymbols": true

If no password policy is defined for the account, the command returns a NoSuchEntity error.

For more information, see Setting an account password policy for IAM users in the AWS IAM User Guide.


PasswordPolicy -> (structure)

A structure that contains details about the account's password policy.

MinimumPasswordLength -> (integer)

Minimum length to require for IAM user passwords.

RequireSymbols -> (boolean)

Specifies whether IAM user passwords must contain at least one of the following symbols:

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RequireNumbers -> (boolean)

Specifies whether IAM user passwords must contain at least one numeric character (0 to 9).

RequireUppercaseCharacters -> (boolean)

Specifies whether IAM user passwords must contain at least one uppercase character (A to Z).

RequireLowercaseCharacters -> (boolean)

Specifies whether IAM user passwords must contain at least one lowercase character (a to z).

AllowUsersToChangePassword -> (boolean)

Specifies whether IAM users are allowed to change their own password. Gives IAM users permissions to iam:ChangePassword for only their user and to the iam:GetAccountPasswordPolicy action. This option does not attach a permissions policy to each user, rather the permissions are applied at the account-level for all users by IAM.

ExpirePasswords -> (boolean)

Indicates whether passwords in the account expire. Returns true if MaxPasswordAge contains a value greater than 0. Returns false if MaxPasswordAge is 0 or not present.

MaxPasswordAge -> (integer)

The number of days that an IAM user password is valid.

PasswordReusePrevention -> (integer)

Specifies the number of previous passwords that IAM users are prevented from reusing.

HardExpiry -> (boolean)

Specifies whether IAM users are prevented from setting a new password via the Amazon Web Services Management Console after their password has expired. The IAM user cannot access the console until an administrator resets the password. IAM users with iam:ChangePassword permission and active access keys can reset their own expired console password using the CLI or API.