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Searches for entities of the specified type. You can search for entities in your namespace and the public namespace that you're tracking.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.

search-entities is a paginated operation. Multiple API calls may be issued in order to retrieve the entire data set of results. You can disable pagination by providing the --no-paginate argument. When using --output text and the --query argument on a paginated response, the --query argument must extract data from the results of the following query expressions: descriptions


--entity-types <value>
[--filters <value>]
[--namespace-version <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--entity-types (list)

The entity types for which to search.


"string" "string" ...

Where valid values are:

--filters (list)

Optional filter to apply to the search. Valid filters are NAME NAMESPACE , SEMANTIC_TYPE_PATH and REFERENCED_ENTITY_ID . REFERENCED_ENTITY_ID filters on entities that are used by the entity in the result set. For example, you can filter on the ID of a property that is used in a state.

Multiple filters function as OR criteria in the query. Multiple values passed inside the filter function as AND criteria.

Shorthand Syntax:

name=string,value=string,string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "value": ["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.

--starting-token (string)

A token to specify where to start paginating. This is the NextToken from a previously truncated response.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--page-size (integer)

The size of each page to get in the AWS service call. This does not affect the number of items returned in the command's output. Setting a smaller page size results in more calls to the AWS service, retrieving fewer items in each call. This can help prevent the AWS service calls from timing out.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--max-items (integer)

The total number of items to return in the command's output. If the total number of items available is more than the value specified, a NextToken is provided in the command's output. To resume pagination, provide the NextToken value in the starting-token argument of a subsequent command. Do not use the NextToken response element directly outside of the AWS CLI.

For usage examples, see Pagination in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide .

--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 search for entities

The following search-entities example searches for all entities of type EVENT.

aws iotthingsgraph search-entities \
    --entity-types "EVENT"


    "descriptions": [
            "id": "urn:tdm:aws/examples:Event:MotionSensorEvent",
            "type": "EVENT",
            "definition": {
                "language": "GRAPHQL",
                "text": "##\n# Description of events emitted by motion sensor.\n##\ntype MotionSensorEvent @eventType(id: \"urn:tdm:aws/examples:event:MotionSensorEvent\",\n            payload: \"urn:tdm:aws/examples:property:MotionSensorStateProperty\") {ignore:void}"
            "id": "urn:tdm:us-west-2/123456789012/default:Event:CameraClickedEventV2",
            "type": "EVENT",
            "definition": {
                "language": "GRAPHQL",
                "text": "type CameraClickedEventV2 @eventType(id: \"urn:tdm:us-west-2/123456789012/default:event:CameraClickedEventV2\",\r\npayload: \"urn:tdm:aws:Property:Boolean\"){ignore:void}"
            "id": "urn:tdm:us-west-2/123456789012/default:Event:MotionSensorEventV2",
            "type": "EVENT",
            "definition": {
                "language": "GRAPHQL",
                "text": "# Event emitted by the motion sensor.\r\ntype MotionSensorEventV2 @eventType(id: \"urn:tdm:us-west-2/123456789012/default:event:MotionSensorEventV2\",\r\npayload: \"urn:tdm:us-west-2/123456789012/default:property:MotionSensorStateProperty2\") {ignore:void}"
    "nextToken": "urn:tdm:us-west-2/123456789012/default:Event:MotionSensorEventV2"

For more information, see AWS IoT Things Graph Data Model Reference in the AWS IoT Things Graph User Guide.


descriptions -> (list)

An array of descriptions for each entity returned in the search result.


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.

nextToken -> (string)

The string to specify as nextToken when you request the next page of results.