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Retrieves information about the specified version of the specified managed policy, including the policy document.


Policies returned by this API are URL-encoded compliant with RFC 3986 . You can use a URL decoding method to convert the policy back to plain JSON text. For example, if you use Java, you can use the decode method of the utility class in the Java SDK. Other languages and SDKs provide similar functionality.

To list the available versions for a policy, use list-policy-versions .

This API retrieves information about managed policies. To retrieve information about an inline policy that is embedded in a user, group, or role, use the get-user-policy , get-group-policy , or get-role-policy API.

For more information about the types of policies, see Managed Policies and Inline Policies in the IAM User Guide .

For more information about managed policy versions, see Versioning for Managed Policies in the IAM User Guide .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--policy-arn <value>
--version-id <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--policy-arn (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the managed policy that you want information about.

For more information about ARNs, see Amazon Resource Names (ARNs) and AWS Service Namespaces in the AWS General Reference .

--version-id (string)

Identifies the policy version to retrieve.

This parameter allows (per its regex pattern ) a string of characters that consists of the lowercase letter 'v' followed by one or two digits, and optionally followed by a period '.' and a string of letters and digits.

--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 retrieve information about the specified version of the specified managed policy

This example returns the policy document for the v2 version of the policy whose ARN is arn:aws:iam::123456789012:policy/MyManagedPolicy:

aws iam get-policy-version --policy-arn arn:aws:iam::123456789012:policy/MyPolicy --version-id v2


    "PolicyVersion": {
        "CreateDate": "2015-06-17T19:23;32Z",
        "VersionId": "v2",
        "Document": {
                      "Version": "2012-10-17",
                      "Statement": [
                                      "Action": "iam:*",
                                      "Resource": "*",
                                      "Effect": "Allow"
        "IsDefaultVersion": "false"

For more information, see Overview of IAM Policies in the Using IAM guide.


PolicyVersion -> (structure)

A structure containing details about the policy version.

Document -> (string)

The policy document.

The policy document is returned in the response to the get-policy-version and get-account-authorization-details operations. It is not returned in the response to the create-policy-version or list-policy-versions operations.

VersionId -> (string)

The identifier for the policy version.

Policy version identifiers always begin with v (always lowercase). When a policy is created, the first policy version is v1 .

IsDefaultVersion -> (boolean)

Specifies whether the policy version is set as the policy's default version.

CreateDate -> (timestamp)

The date and time, in ISO 8601 date-time format , when the policy version was created.