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[ aws . logs ]



Lists the specified log groups. You can list all your log groups or filter the results by prefix. The results are ASCII-sorted by log group name.

CloudWatch Logs doesn’t support IAM policies that control access to the DescribeLogGroups action by using the ``aws:ResourceTag/key-name `` condition key. Other CloudWatch Logs actions do support the use of the ``aws:ResourceTag/key-name `` condition key to control access. For more information about using tags to control access, see Controlling access to Amazon Web Services resources using tags .

If you are using CloudWatch cross-account observability, you can use this operation in a monitoring account and view data from the linked source accounts. For more information, see CloudWatch cross-account observability .

See also: AWS API Documentation

describe-log-groups 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: logGroups


[--account-identifiers <value>]
[--log-group-name-prefix <value>]
[--log-group-name-pattern <value>]
[--include-linked-accounts | --no-include-linked-accounts]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <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>]


--account-identifiers (list)

When includeLinkedAccounts is set to True , use this parameter to specify the list of accounts to search. You can specify as many as 20 account IDs in the array.



"string" "string" ...

--log-group-name-prefix (string)

The prefix to match.


logGroupNamePrefix and logGroupNamePattern are mutually exclusive. Only one of these parameters can be passed.

--log-group-name-pattern (string)

If you specify a string for this parameter, the operation returns only log groups that have names that match the string based on a case-sensitive substring search. For example, if you specify Foo , log groups named FooBar , aws/Foo , and GroupFoo would match, but foo , F/o/o and Froo would not match.

If you specify logGroupNamePattern in your request, then only arn , creationTime , and logGroupName are included in the response.


logGroupNamePattern and logGroupNamePrefix are mutually exclusive. Only one of these parameters can be passed.

--include-linked-accounts | --no-include-linked-accounts (boolean)

If you are using a monitoring account, set this to True to have the operation return log groups in the accounts listed in accountIdentifiers .

If this parameter is set to true and accountIdentifiers contains a null value, the operation returns all log groups in the monitoring account and all log groups in all source accounts that are linked to the monitoring account.

--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.

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 .

The following command describes a log group named my-logs:

aws logs describe-log-groups --log-group-name-prefix my-logs


    "logGroups": [
            "storedBytes": 0,
            "metricFilterCount": 0,
            "creationTime": 1433189500783,
            "logGroupName": "my-logs",
            "retentionInDays": 5,
            "arn": "arn:aws:logs:us-west-2:0123456789012:log-group:my-logs:*"


logGroups -> (list)

The log groups.

If the retentionInDays value is not included for a log group, then that log group's events do not expire.


Represents a log group.

logGroupName -> (string)

The name of the log group.

creationTime -> (long)

The creation time of the log group, expressed as the number of milliseconds after Jan 1, 1970 00:00:00 UTC.

retentionInDays -> (integer)

The number of days to retain the log events in the specified log group. Possible values are: 1, 3, 5, 7, 14, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, 180, 365, 400, 545, 731, 1096, 1827, 2192, 2557, 2922, 3288, and 3653.

To set a log group so that its log events do not expire, use DeleteRetentionPolicy .

metricFilterCount -> (integer)

The number of metric filters.

arn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the log group.

storedBytes -> (long)

The number of bytes stored.

kmsKeyId -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the KMS key to use when encrypting log data.

dataProtectionStatus -> (string)

Displays whether this log group has a protection policy, or whether it had one in the past. For more information, see PutDataProtectionPolicy .

inheritedProperties -> (list)

Displays all the properties that this log group has inherited from account-level settings.


nextToken -> (string)

The token for the next set of items to return. The token expires after 24 hours.