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[ aws . ssm ]



Returns all Systems Manager (SSM) documents in the current AWS account and Region. You can limit the results of this request by using a filter.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.

list-documents 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: DocumentIdentifiers


[--document-filter-list <value>]
[--filters <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--document-filter-list (list)

This data type is deprecated. Instead, use Filters .

Shorthand Syntax:

key=string,value=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "key": "Name"|"Owner"|"PlatformTypes"|"DocumentType",
    "value": "string"

--filters (list)

One or more DocumentKeyValuesFilter objects. Use a filter to return a more specific list of results. For keys, you can specify one or more key-value pair tags that have been applied to a document. Other valid keys include Owner , Name , PlatformTypes , DocumentType , and TargetType . For example, to return documents you own use Key=Owner,Values=Self . To specify a custom key-value pair, use the format Key=tag:tagName,Values=valueName .

Shorthand Syntax:

Key=string,Values=string,string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "string",
    "Values": ["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.

--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.

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


To list documents

The following list-documents example lists documents owned by the requesting account tagged with the custom tag.

aws ssm list-documents \
    --filters Key=Owner,Values=Self Key=tag:DocUse,Values=Testing


    "DocumentIdentifiers": [
            "Name": "Example",
            "Owner": "29884EXAMPLE",
            "PlatformTypes": [
            "DocumentVersion": "1",
            "DocumentType": "Automation",
            "SchemaVersion": "0.3",
            "DocumentFormat": "YAML",
            "Tags": [
                    "Key": "DocUse",
                    "Value": "Testing"

For more information, see AWS Systems Manager Documents in the AWS Systems Manager User Guide.


DocumentIdentifiers -> (list)

The names of the Systems Manager documents.


Describes the name of a Systems Manager document.

Name -> (string)

The name of the Systems Manager document.

Owner -> (string)

The AWS user account that created the document.

VersionName -> (string)

An optional field specifying the version of the artifact associated with the document. For example, "Release 12, Update 6". This value is unique across all versions of a document, and cannot be changed.

PlatformTypes -> (list)

The operating system platform.


DocumentVersion -> (string)

The document version.

DocumentType -> (string)

The document type.

SchemaVersion -> (string)

The schema version.

DocumentFormat -> (string)

The document format, either JSON or YAML.

TargetType -> (string)

The target type which defines the kinds of resources the document can run on. For example, /AWS::EC2::Instance. For a list of valid resource types, see AWS resource and property types reference in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide .

Tags -> (list)

The tags, or metadata, that have been applied to the document.


Metadata that you assign to your AWS resources. Tags enable you to categorize your resources in different ways, for example, by purpose, owner, or environment. In Systems Manager, you can apply tags to documents, managed instances, maintenance windows, Parameter Store parameters, and patch baselines.

Key -> (string)

The name of the tag.

Value -> (string)

The value of the tag.

Requires -> (list)

A list of SSM documents required by a document. For example, an ApplicationConfiguration document requires an ApplicationConfigurationSchema document.


An SSM document required by the current document.

Name -> (string)

The name of the required SSM document. The name can be an Amazon Resource Name (ARN).

Version -> (string)

The document version required by the current document.

NextToken -> (string)

The token to use when requesting the next set of items. If there are no additional items to return, the string is empty.