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Requests a description of a specified set of deployments.


This call accepts only one resource-identifying parameter.

Required Permissions : To use this action, an IAM user must have a Show, Deploy, or Manage permissions level for the stack, or an attached policy that explicitly grants permissions. For more information about user permissions, see Managing User Permissions .

See also: AWS API Documentation


[--stack-id <value>]
[--app-id <value>]
[--deployment-ids <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>]


--stack-id (string)

The stack ID. If you include this parameter, the command returns a description of the commands associated with the specified stack.

--app-id (string)

The app ID. If you include this parameter, the command returns a description of the commands associated with the specified app.

--deployment-ids (list)

An array of deployment IDs to be described. If you include this parameter, the command returns a description of the specified deployments. Otherwise, it returns a description of every deployment.



"string" "string" ...

--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 describe deployments

The following describe-deployments command describes the deployments in a specified stack.

aws opsworks --region us-east-1 describe-deployments --stack-id 38ee91e2-abdc-4208-a107-0b7168b3cc7a


  "Deployments": [
          "StackId": "38ee91e2-abdc-4208-a107-0b7168b3cc7a",
          "Status": "successful",
          "CompletedAt": "2013-07-25T18:57:49+00:00",
          "DeploymentId": "6ed0df4c-9ef7-4812-8dac-d54a05be1029",
          "Command": {
              "Args": {},
              "Name": "undeploy"
          "CreatedAt": "2013-07-25T18:57:34+00:00",
          "Duration": 15,
          "InstanceIds": [
          "StackId": "38ee91e2-abdc-4208-a107-0b7168b3cc7a",
          "Status": "successful",
          "CompletedAt": "2013-07-25T18:56:41+00:00",
          "IamUserArn": "arn:aws:iam::123456789012:user/someuser",
          "DeploymentId": "19d3121e-d949-4ff2-9f9d-94eac087862a",
          "Command": {
              "Args": {},
              "Name": "deploy"
          "InstanceIds": [
          "Duration": 72,
          "CreatedAt": "2013-07-25T18:55:29+00:00"

More Information

For more information, see Deploying Apps in the AWS OpsWorks User Guide.


Deployments -> (list)

An array of Deployment objects that describe the deployments.


Describes a deployment of a stack or app.

DeploymentId -> (string)

The deployment ID.

StackId -> (string)

The stack ID.

AppId -> (string)

The app ID.

CreatedAt -> (string)

Date when the deployment was created.

CompletedAt -> (string)

Date when the deployment completed.

Duration -> (integer)

The deployment duration.

IamUserArn -> (string)

The user's IAM ARN.

Comment -> (string)

A user-defined comment.

Command -> (structure)

Used to specify a stack or deployment command.

Name -> (string)

Specifies the operation. You can specify only one command.

For stacks, the following commands are available:

  • execute_recipes : Execute one or more recipes. To specify the recipes, set an Args parameter named recipes to the list of recipes to be executed. For example, to execute phpapp::appsetup , set Args to {"recipes":["phpapp::appsetup"]} .
  • install_dependencies : Install the stack's dependencies.
  • update_custom_cookbooks : Update the stack's custom cookbooks.
  • update_dependencies : Update the stack's dependencies.


The update_dependencies and install_dependencies commands are supported only for Linux instances. You can run the commands successfully on Windows instances, but they do nothing.

For apps, the following commands are available:

  • deploy : Deploy an app. Ruby on Rails apps have an optional Args parameter named migrate . Set Args to {"migrate":["true"]} to migrate the database. The default setting is {"migrate":["false"]}.
  • rollback Roll the app back to the previous version. When you update an app, AWS OpsWorks Stacks stores the previous version, up to a maximum of five versions. You can use this command to roll an app back as many as four versions.
  • start : Start the app's web or application server.
  • stop : Stop the app's web or application server.
  • restart : Restart the app's web or application server.
  • undeploy : Undeploy the app.

Args -> (map)

The arguments of those commands that take arguments. It should be set to a JSON object with the following format:

{"arg_name1" : ["value1", "value2", ...], "arg_name2" : ["value1", "value2", ...], ...}

The update_dependencies command takes two arguments:

  • upgrade_os_to - Specifies the desired Amazon Linux version for instances whose OS you want to upgrade, such as Amazon Linux 2016.09 . You must also set the allow_reboot argument to true.
  • allow_reboot - Specifies whether to allow AWS OpsWorks Stacks to reboot the instances if necessary, after installing the updates. This argument can be set to either true or false . The default value is false .

For example, to upgrade an instance to Amazon Linux 2016.09, set Args to the following.

{ "upgrade_os_to":["Amazon Linux 2016.09"], "allow_reboot":["true"] }

key -> (string)

value -> (list)


Status -> (string)

The deployment status:

  • running
  • successful
  • failed

CustomJson -> (string)

A string that contains user-defined custom JSON. It can be used to override the corresponding default stack configuration attribute values for stack or to pass data to recipes. The string should be in the following format:

"{\"key1\": \"value1\", \"key2\": \"value2\",...}"

For more information on custom JSON, see Use Custom JSON to Modify the Stack Configuration Attributes .

InstanceIds -> (list)

The IDs of the target instances.