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Gets information about the specified certificate.

Requires permission to access the DescribeCertificate action.

See also: AWS API Documentation


--certificate-id <value>
[--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>]


--certificate-id (string)

The ID of the certificate. (The last part of the certificate ARN contains the certificate ID.)

--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 get information about a certificate

The following describe-certificate example displays the details for the specified certificate.

aws iot describe-certificate \
    --certificate-id "4f0ba725787aa94d67d2fca420eca022242532e8b3c58e7465c7778b443fd65e"


    "certificateDescription": {
        "certificateArn": "arn:aws:iot:us-west-2:123456789012:cert/4f0ba725787aa94d67d2fca420eca022242532e8b3c58e7465c7778b443fd65e",
        "certificateId": "4f0ba725787aa94d67d2fca420eca022242532e8b3c58e7465c7778b443fd65e",
        "status": "ACTIVE",
        "certificatePem": "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----
        "ownedBy": "123456789012",
        "creationDate": 1541022751.983,
        "lastModifiedDate": 1541022751.983,
        "customerVersion": 1,
        "transferData": {},
        "generationId": "6974fbed-2e61-4114-bc5e-4204cc79b045",
        "validity": {
            "notBefore": 1541022631.0,
            "notAfter": 2524607999.0

For more information, see DescribeCertificate in the AWS IoT API Reference.


certificateDescription -> (structure)

The description of the certificate.

certificateArn -> (string)

The ARN of the certificate.

certificateId -> (string)

The ID of the certificate.

caCertificateId -> (string)

The certificate ID of the CA certificate used to sign this certificate.

status -> (string)

The status of the certificate.

certificatePem -> (string)

The certificate data, in PEM format.

ownedBy -> (string)

The ID of the Amazon Web Services account that owns the certificate.

previousOwnedBy -> (string)

The ID of the Amazon Web Services account of the previous owner of the certificate.

creationDate -> (timestamp)

The date and time the certificate was created.

lastModifiedDate -> (timestamp)

The date and time the certificate was last modified.

customerVersion -> (integer)

The customer version of the certificate.

transferData -> (structure)

The transfer data.

transferMessage -> (string)

The transfer message.

rejectReason -> (string)

The reason why the transfer was rejected.

transferDate -> (timestamp)

The date the transfer took place.

acceptDate -> (timestamp)

The date the transfer was accepted.

rejectDate -> (timestamp)

The date the transfer was rejected.

generationId -> (string)

The generation ID of the certificate.

validity -> (structure)

When the certificate is valid.

notBefore -> (timestamp)

The certificate is not valid before this date.

notAfter -> (timestamp)

The certificate is not valid after this date.

certificateMode -> (string)

The mode of the certificate.

DEFAULT : A certificate in DEFAULT mode is either generated by Amazon Web Services IoT Core or registered with an issuer certificate authority (CA) in DEFAULT mode. Devices with certificates in DEFAULT mode aren't required to send the Server Name Indication (SNI) extension when connecting to Amazon Web Services IoT Core. However, to use features such as custom domains and VPC endpoints, we recommend that you use the SNI extension when connecting to Amazon Web Services IoT Core.

SNI_ONLY : A certificate in SNI_ONLY mode is registered without an issuer CA. Devices with certificates in SNI_ONLY mode must send the SNI extension when connecting to Amazon Web Services IoT Core.

For more information about the value for SNI extension, see Transport security in IoT .