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[ aws . kms ]



Deletes a custom key store . This operation does not affect any backing elements of the custom key store. It does not delete the CloudHSM cluster that is associated with an CloudHSM key store, or affect any users or keys in the cluster. For an external key store, it does not affect the external key store proxy, external key manager, or any external keys.

This operation is part of the custom key stores feature in KMS, which combines the convenience and extensive integration of KMS with the isolation and control of a key store that you own and manage.

The custom key store that you delete cannot contain any KMS keys . Before deleting the key store, verify that you will never need to use any of the KMS keys in the key store for any cryptographic operations . Then, use ScheduleKeyDeletion to delete the KMS keys from the key store. After the required waiting period expires and all KMS keys are deleted from the custom key store, use DisconnectCustomKeyStore to disconnect the key store from KMS. Then, you can delete the custom key store.

For keys in an CloudHSM key store, the ScheduleKeyDeletion operation makes a best effort to delete the key material from the associated cluster. However, you might need to manually delete the orphaned key material from the cluster and its backups. KMS never creates, manages, or deletes cryptographic keys in the external key manager associated with an external key store. You must manage them using your external key manager tools.

Instead of deleting the custom key store, consider using the DisconnectCustomKeyStore operation to disconnect the custom key store from its backing key store. While the key store is disconnected, you cannot create or use the KMS keys in the key store. But, you do not need to delete KMS keys and you can reconnect a disconnected custom key store at any time.

If the operation succeeds, it returns a JSON object with no properties.

Cross-account use : No. You cannot perform this operation on a custom key store in a different Amazon Web Services account.

Required permissions : kms:DeleteCustomKeyStore (IAM policy)

Related operations:

  • ConnectCustomKeyStore
  • CreateCustomKeyStore
  • DescribeCustomKeyStores
  • DisconnectCustomKeyStore
  • UpdateCustomKeyStore
Eventual consistency : The KMS API follows an eventual consistency model. For more information, see KMS eventual consistency .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--custom-key-store-id <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>]


--custom-key-store-id (string)

Enter the ID of the custom key store you want to delete. To find the ID of a custom key store, use the DescribeCustomKeyStores operation.

--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 delete a custom key store

The following delete-custom-key-store example deletes the specified custom key store.

Deleting an AWS CloudHSM key store has no effect on the associated CloudHSM cluster. Deleting an external key store has no effect on the associated external key store proxy, external key manager, or external keys.

NOTE: Before you can delete a custom key store, you must schedule the deletion of all KMS keys in the custom key store and then wait for those KMS keys to be deleted. Then, you must disconnect the custom key store. For help finding the KMS keys in your custom key store, see Delete an AWS CloudHSM key store (API) in the AWS Key Management Service Developer Guide.

delete-custom-key-store \
    --custom-key-store-id cks-1234567890abcdef0

This command does not return any output. To verify that the custom key store is deleted, use the describe-custom-key-stores command.

For information about deleting an AWS CloudHSM key stores, see Deleting an AWS CloudHSM key store in the AWS Key Management Service Developer Guide.

For information about deleting external key stores, see Deleting an external key store in the AWS Key Management Service Developer Guide.