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[ aws . kinesis ]



Creates a Kinesis stream. A stream captures and transports data records that are continuously emitted from different data sources or producers . Scale-out within a stream is explicitly supported by means of shards, which are uniquely identified groups of data records in a stream.

You specify and control the number of shards that a stream is composed of. Each shard can support reads up to 5 transactions per second, up to a maximum data read total of 2 MB per second. Each shard can support writes up to 1,000 records per second, up to a maximum data write total of 1 MB per second. I the amount of data input increases or decreases, you can add or remove shards.

The stream name identifies the stream. The name is scoped to the AWS account used by the application. It is also scoped by region. That is, two streams in two different accounts can have the same name, and two streams in the same account, but in two different regions, can have the same name.

create-stream is an asynchronous operation. Upon receiving a create-stream request, Kinesis Streams immediately returns and sets the stream status to CREATING . After the stream is created, Kinesis Streams sets the stream status to ACTIVE . You should perform read and write operations only on an ACTIVE stream.

You receive a LimitExceededException when making a create-stream request when you try to do one of the following:

  • Have more than five streams in the CREATING state at any point in time.
  • Create more shards than are authorized for your account.

For the default shard limit for an AWS account, see Streams Limits in the Amazon Kinesis Streams Developer Guide . To increase this limit, contact AWS Support .

You can use describe-stream to check the stream status, which is returned in StreamStatus .

create-stream has a limit of 5 transactions per second per account.

See also: AWS API Documentation


--stream-name <value>
--shard-count <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--stream-name (string)

A name to identify the stream. The stream name is scoped to the AWS account used by the application that creates the stream. It is also scoped by region. That is, two streams in two different AWS accounts can have the same name. Two streams in the same AWS account but in two different regions can also have the same name.

--shard-count (integer)

The number of shards that the stream will use. The throughput of the stream is a function of the number of shards; more shards are required for greater provisioned throughput.


--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.