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[ aws . iotanalytics ]



Retrieves information about a channel.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--channel-name <value>
[--include-statistics | --no-include-statistics]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--channel-name (string)

The name of the channel whose information is retrieved.

--include-statistics | --no-include-statistics (boolean)

If true, additional statistical information about the channel is included in the response. This feature cannot be used with a channel whose S3 storage is customer-managed.

--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 retrieve information about a channel

The following describe-channel example displays details, including statistics, for the specified channel.

aws iotanalytics describe-channel \
    --channel-name mychannel \


    "statistics": {
        "size": {
            "estimatedSizeInBytes": 402.0,
            "estimatedOn": 1561504380.0
    "channel": {
        "status": "ACTIVE",
        "name": "mychannel",
        "lastUpdateTime": 1557860351.001,
        "creationTime": 1557860351.001,
        "retentionPeriod": {
            "unlimited": true
        "arn": "arn:aws:iotanalytics:us-west-2:123456789012:channel/mychannel"

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


channel -> (structure)

An object that contains information about the channel.

name -> (string)

The name of the channel.

storage -> (structure)

Where channel data is stored. You may choose one of "serviceManagedS3" or "customerManagedS3" storage. If not specified, the default is "serviceManagedS3". This cannot be changed after creation of the channel.

serviceManagedS3 -> (structure)

Use this to store channel data in an S3 bucket managed by the AWS IoT Analytics service. The choice of service-managed or customer-managed S3 storage cannot be changed after creation of the channel.

customerManagedS3 -> (structure)

Use this to store channel data in an S3 bucket that you manage. If customer managed storage is selected, the "retentionPeriod" parameter is ignored. The choice of service-managed or customer-managed S3 storage cannot be changed after creation of the channel.

bucket -> (string)

The name of the Amazon S3 bucket in which channel data is stored.

keyPrefix -> (string)

[Optional] The prefix used to create the keys of the channel data objects. Each object in an Amazon S3 bucket has a key that is its unique identifier within the bucket (each object in a bucket has exactly one key). The prefix must end with a '/'.

roleArn -> (string)

The ARN of the role which grants AWS IoT Analytics permission to interact with your Amazon S3 resources.

arn -> (string)

The ARN of the channel.

status -> (string)

The status of the channel.

retentionPeriod -> (structure)

How long, in days, message data is kept for the channel.

unlimited -> (boolean)

If true, message data is kept indefinitely.

numberOfDays -> (integer)

The number of days that message data is kept. The "unlimited" parameter must be false.

creationTime -> (timestamp)

When the channel was created.

lastUpdateTime -> (timestamp)

When the channel was last updated.

statistics -> (structure)

Statistics about the channel. Included if the 'includeStatistics' parameter is set to true in the request.

size -> (structure)

The estimated size of the channel.

estimatedSizeInBytes -> (double)

The estimated size of the resource in bytes.

estimatedOn -> (timestamp)

The time when the estimate of the size of the resource was made.