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Returns high-level aggregated patch compliance state for a patch group.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--patch-group <value>
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--patch-group (string)

The name of the patch group whose patch snapshot should be retrieved.

--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.


To get the state of a patch group

The following describe-patch-group-state example retrieves the high-level patch compliance summary for a patch group.

aws ssm describe-patch-group-state \
    --patch-group "Production"


    "Instances": 21,
    "InstancesWithInstalledPendingRebootPatches": 2,
    "InstancesWithNotApplicablePatches": 1,
    "InstancesWithMissingPatches": 0,
    "InstancesWithInstalledPatches": 10,
    "InstancesWithFailedPatches": 3,
    "InstancesWithInstalledOtherPatches": 2,
    "InstancesWithInstalledRejectedPatches": 2,
    "InstancesWithUnreportedNotApplicablePatches": 1

For more information, see About Patch Groups <>__ and About Patch Compliance States in the AWS Systems Manager User Guide.


Instances -> (integer)

The number of instances in the patch group.

InstancesWithInstalledPatches -> (integer)

The number of instances with installed patches.

InstancesWithInstalledOtherPatches -> (integer)

The number of instances with patches installed that aren't defined in the patch baseline.

InstancesWithInstalledPendingRebootPatches -> (integer)

The number of instances with patches installed by Patch Manager that have not been rebooted after the patch installation. The status of these instances is NON_COMPLIANT.

InstancesWithInstalledRejectedPatches -> (integer)

The number of instances with patches installed that are specified in a RejectedPatches list. Patches with a status of INSTALLED_REJECTED were typically installed before they were added to a RejectedPatches list.


If ALLOW_AS_DEPENDENCY is the specified option for RejectedPatchesAction, the value of InstancesWithInstalledRejectedPatches will always be 0 (zero).

InstancesWithMissingPatches -> (integer)

The number of instances with missing patches from the patch baseline.

InstancesWithFailedPatches -> (integer)

The number of instances with patches from the patch baseline that failed to install.

InstancesWithNotApplicablePatches -> (integer)

The number of instances with patches that aren't applicable.

InstancesWithUnreportedNotApplicablePatches -> (integer)

The number of instances with NotApplicable patches beyond the supported limit, which are not reported by name to Systems Manager Inventory.