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create-alias

Description

Creates a display name for a customer managed customer master key (CMK). You can use an alias to identify a CMK in selected operations, such as Encrypt and GenerateDataKey .

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 DescribeKey operation. To get the aliases of all CMKs, use the ListAliases operation.

The alias name must begin with alias/ followed by a name, such as alias/ExampleAlias . It can contain only alphanumeric characters, forward slashes (/), underscores (_), and dashes (-). The alias name cannot begin with alias/aws/ . The alias/aws/ prefix is reserved for AWS managed CMKs .

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 UpdateAlias .

The result of this operation varies with the key state of the CMK. For details, see How Key State Affects Use of a Customer Master Key in the AWS Key Management Service Developer Guide .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.

Synopsis

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

Options

--alias-name (string)

Specifies the alias name. This value must begin with alias/ followed by a name, such as alias/ExampleAlias . The alias name cannot begin with alias/aws/ . The alias/aws/ prefix is reserved for AWS managed CMKs.

--target-key-id (string)

Identifies the CMK to which the alias refers. Specify the key ID or the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the CMK. You cannot specify another alias. For help finding the key ID and ARN, see Finding the Key ID and ARN in the AWS Key Management Service Developer Guide .

--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.

Examples

To create an alias for a CMK

The following create-alias command creates an alias named example-alias for the customer master key (CMK) identified by 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.

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

Output

None