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Add a parameter to the system.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--name <value>
[--description <value>]
--value <value>
--type <value>
[--key-id <value>]
[--overwrite | --no-overwrite]
[--allowed-pattern <value>]
[--tags <value>]
[--tier <value>]
[--policies <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--name (string)

The fully qualified name of the parameter that you want to add to the system. The fully qualified name includes the complete hierarchy of the parameter path and name. For example: /Dev/DBServer/MySQL/db-string13

Naming Constraints:

  • Parameter names are case sensitive.
  • A parameter name must be unique within an AWS Region
  • A parameter name can't be prefixed with "aws" or "ssm" (case-insensitive).
  • Parameter names can include only the following symbols and letters: a-zA-Z0-9_.-/
  • A parameter name can't include spaces.
  • Parameter hierarchies are limited to a maximum depth of fifteen levels.

For additional information about valid values for parameter names, see Requirements and Constraints for Parameter Names in the AWS Systems Manager User Guide .


The maximum length constraint listed below includes capacity for additional system attributes that are not part of the name. The maximum length for the fully qualified parameter name is 1011 characters.

--description (string)

Information about the parameter that you want to add to the system. Optional but recommended.


Do not enter personally identifiable information in this field.

--value (string)

The parameter value that you want to add to the system. Standard parameters have a value limit of 4 KB. Advanced parameters have a value limit of 8 KB.

--type (string)

The type of parameter that you want to add to the system.

Items in a StringList must be separated by a comma (,). You can't use other punctuation or special character to escape items in the list. If you have a parameter value that requires a comma, then use the String data type.


SecureString is not currently supported for AWS CloudFormation templates or in the China Regions.

Possible values:

  • String
  • StringList
  • SecureString

--key-id (string)

The KMS Key ID that you want to use to encrypt a parameter. Either the default AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) key automatically assigned to your AWS account or a custom key. Required for parameters that use the SecureString data type.

If you don't specify a key ID, the system uses the default key associated with your AWS account.

  • To use your default AWS KMS key, choose the SecureString data type, and do not specify the Key ID when you create the parameter. The system automatically populates Key ID with your default KMS key.
  • To use a custom KMS key, choose the SecureString data type with the Key ID parameter.

--overwrite | --no-overwrite (boolean)

Overwrite an existing parameter. If not specified, will default to "false".

--allowed-pattern (string)

A regular expression used to validate the parameter value. For example, for String types with values restricted to numbers, you can specify the following: AllowedPattern=^d+$

--tags (list)

Optional metadata that you assign to a resource. Tags enable you to categorize a resource in different ways, such as by purpose, owner, or environment. For example, you might want to tag a Systems Manager parameter to identify the type of resource to which it applies, the environment, or the type of configuration data referenced by the parameter. In this case, you could specify the following key name/value pairs:

  • Key=Resource,Value=S3bucket
  • Key=OS,Value=Windows
  • Key=ParameterType,Value=LicenseKey


To add tags to an existing Systems Manager parameter, use the AddTagsToResource action.

Shorthand Syntax:

Key=string,Value=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "string",
    "Value": "string"

--tier (string)

Parameter Store offers a standard tier and an advanced tier for parameters. Standard parameters have a value limit of 4 KB and can't be configured to use parameter policies. You can create a maximum of 10,000 standard parameters per account and per Region. Standard parameters are offered at no additional cost.

Advanced parameters have a value limit of 8 KB and can be configured to use parameter policies. You can create a maximum of 100,000 advanced parameters per account and per Region. Advanced parameters incur a charge.

If you don't specify a parameter tier when you create a new parameter, the parameter defaults to using the standard tier. You can change a standard parameter to an advanced parameter at any time. But you can't revert an advanced parameter to a standard parameter. Reverting an advanced parameter to a standard parameter would result in data loss because the system would truncate the size of the parameter from 8 KB to 4 KB. Reverting would also remove any policies attached to the parameter. Lastly, advanced parameters use a different form of encryption than standard parameters.

If you no longer need an advanced parameter, or if you no longer want to incur charges for an advanced parameter, you must delete it and recreate it as a new standard parameter. For more information, see About Advanced Parameters in the AWS Systems Manager User Guide .

Possible values:

  • Standard
  • Advanced

--policies (string)

One or more policies to apply to a parameter. This action takes a JSON array. Parameter Store supports the following policy types:

Expiration: This policy deletes the parameter after it expires. When you create the policy, you specify the expiration date. You can update the expiration date and time by updating the policy. Updating the parameter does not affect the expiration date and time. When the expiration time is reached, Parameter Store deletes the parameter.

ExpirationNotification: This policy triggers an event in Amazon CloudWatch Events that notifies you about the expiration. By using this policy, you can receive notification before or after the expiration time is reached, in units of days or hours.

NoChangeNotification: This policy triggers a CloudWatch event if a parameter has not been modified for a specified period of time. This policy type is useful when, for example, a secret needs to be changed within a period of time, but it has not been changed.

All existing policies are preserved until you send new policies or an empty policy. For more information about parameter policies, see Working with Parameter Policies .

--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 create a parameter that uses a String data type

This example creates a parameter.


aws ssm put-parameter --name "welcome" --type "String" --value "helloWorld"


  "Version": 1

To create a Secure String parameter

This example creates a Secure String parameter. Singles quotes are used so that the literal value is passed.


aws ssm put-parameter --name 'password' --type "SecureString" --value 'a value, for example P@ssW%rd#1'

To create a parameter with an allowed pattern

This example creates a String parameter and the values for this parameter are restricted to numbers.


aws ssm put-parameter --name "NumbersOnly" --type "String" --value "10" --allowed-pattern "^\d+$"


  "Version": 1

To change a parameter value

This example changes the value of a parameter.


aws ssm put-parameter --name "welcome" --type "String" --value "good day sunshine" --overwrite


  "Version": 2


Version -> (long)

The new version number of a parameter. If you edit a parameter value, Parameter Store automatically creates a new version and assigns this new version a unique ID. You can reference a parameter version ID in API actions or in Systems Manager documents (SSM documents). By default, if you don't specify a specific version, the system returns the latest parameter value when a parameter is called.