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[ aws . kms ]



Creates a display name for a customer master key (CMK). You can use an alias to identify a CMK in selected operations, such as encrypt and generate-data-key .

Each CMK can have multiple aliases, but each alias points to only one CMK. The alias name must be unique in the AWS account and region. To simplify code that runs in multiple regions, use the same alias name, but point it to a different CMK in each region.

Because an alias is not a property of a CMK, you can delete and change the aliases of a CMK without affecting the CMK. Also, aliases do not appear in the response from the describe-key operation. To get the aliases of all CMKs, use the list-aliases operation.

An alias must start with the word alias followed by a forward slash (alias/ ). The alias name can contain only alphanumeric characters, forward slashes (/), underscores (_), and dashes (-). Alias names cannot begin with aws ; that alias name prefix is reserved by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The alias and the CMK it is mapped to must be in the same AWS account and the same region. You cannot perform this operation on an alias in a different AWS account.

To map an existing alias to a different CMK, call update-alias .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--alias-name <value>
--target-key-id <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--alias-name (string)

String that contains the display name. The name must start with the word "alias" followed by a forward slash (alias/). Aliases that begin with "alias/AWS" are reserved.

--target-key-id (string)

Identifies the CMK for which you are creating the alias. This value cannot be an alias.

Specify the key ID or the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the CMK.

For example:

  • Key ID: 1234abcd-12ab-34cd-56ef-1234567890ab
  • Key ARN: arn:aws:kms:us-east-2:111122223333:key/1234abcd-12ab-34cd-56ef-1234567890ab

To get the key ID and key ARN for a CMK, use list-keys or describe-key .

--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.

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


The following command creates an alias named example-alias for the customer master key (CMK) identified by key ID 1234abcd-12ab-34cd-56ef-1234567890ab.

aws kms create-alias --alias-name alias/example-alias --target-key-id 1234abcd-12ab-34cd-56ef-1234567890ab

Alias names must begin with alias/. Do not use alias names that begin with alias/aws; these are reserved for use by AWS.