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[ aws . iotthingsgraph ]



Gets definitions of the specified entities. Uses the latest version of the user's namespace by default. This API returns the following TDM entities.

  • Properties
  • States
  • Events
  • Actions
  • Capabilities
  • Mappings
  • Devices
  • Device Models
  • Services

This action doesn't return definitions for systems, flows, and deployments.

See also: AWS API Documentation


--ids <value>
[--namespace-version <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>]


--ids (list)

An array of entity IDs.

The IDs should be in the following format.

urn:tdm:REGION/ACCOUNT ID/default:device:DEVICENAME



"string" "string" ...

--namespace-version (long)

The version of the user's namespace. Defaults to the latest version of the user's namespace.

--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 definitions for entities

The following get-entities example gets a definition for a device model.

aws iotthingsgraph get-entities \
    --ids "urn:tdm:aws/examples:DeviceModel:MotionSensor"


    "descriptions": [
            "id": "urn:tdm:aws/examples:DeviceModel:MotionSensor",
            "type": "DEVICE_MODEL",
            "createdAt": 1559256190.599,
            "definition": {
                "language": "GRAPHQL",
                "text": "##\n# Specification of motion sensor devices interface.\n##\ntype MotionSensor @deviceModel(id: \"urn:tdm:aws/examples:deviceModel:MotionSensor\",\n        capability: \"urn:tdm:aws/examples:capability:MotionSensorCapability\") {ignore:void}"

For more information, see Creating and Uploading Models in the AWS IoT Things Graph User Guide.


descriptions -> (list)

An array of descriptions for the specified entities.


Describes the properties of an entity.

id -> (string)

The entity ID.

arn -> (string)

The entity ARN.

type -> (string)

The entity type.

createdAt -> (timestamp)

The time at which the entity was created.

definition -> (structure)

The definition document of the entity.

language -> (string)

The language used to define the entity. GRAPHQL is the only valid value.

text -> (string)

The GraphQL text that defines the entity.