Querying the Current Configuration State of AWS Resources - AWS Config

Querying the Current Configuration State of AWS Resources

Introducing a preview feature for advanced queries that allows you to use generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) capabilities to enter prompts in plain English and convert them into a ready-to-use query format. For more information, see Natural language query processor for advanced queries.

You can use AWS Config to query the current configuration state of AWS resources based on configuration properties for a single account and Region or across multiple accounts and Regions. You can perform property-based queries against current AWS resource state metadata across a list of resources that AWS Config supports. For more information on the list of supported resource types, see Supported Resource Types for Advanced Queries.

Advanced queries provides a single query endpoint and a query language to get current resource state metadata without performing service-specific describe API calls. You can use configuration aggregators to run the same queries from a central account across multiple accounts and AWS Regions.


AWS Config uses a subset of structured query language (SQL) SELECT syntax to perform property-based queries and aggregations on the current configuration item (CI) data. The queries range in complexity from matches against tag and/or resource identifiers, to more complex queries, such as viewing all Amazon S3 buckets that have versioning disabled. This allows you to query exactly the current resource state you need without performing AWS service-specific API calls.

It supports aggregation functions such as AVG, COUNT, MAX, MIN, and SUM.

You can use advanced query for:

  • Inventory management; for example, to retrieve a list of Amazon EC2 instances of a particular size.

  • Security and operational intelligence; for example, to retrieve a list of resources that have a specific configuration property enabled or disabled.

  • Cost optimization; for example, to identify a list of Amazon EBS volumes that are not attached to any EC2 instance.

  • Compliance data; for example, to retrieve a list of all your conformance packs and their compliance status.

For information about how to use the AWS SQL Query Language, see What Is SQL (Structured Query Language)?.



Advanced query does not support querying resources which have not been configured to be recorded by the configuration recorder. AWS Config creates Configuration Items (CIs) with ResourceNotRecorded in the configurationItemStatus when a resource has been discovered but is not configured to be recorded by the configuration recorder. While an aggregator will aggregate these CIs, advanced query does not support querying CIs with ResourceNotRecorded. Update your recorder settings to enable recording of the resource types that you want to query.

As a subset of SQL SELECT, the query syntax has following limitations:

  • No support for ALL, AS, DISTINCT, FROM, HAVING, JOIN, and UNION keywords in a query. NULL value queries are not supported.

  • No support for querying on third-party resources. Third-party resources retrieved using advanced queries will have the configuration field set as NULL.

  • No support for nested structures (such as tags) to be unpacked with SQL queries.

  • CIDR notation is converted to IP ranges for search. This means that "=" and "BETWEEN" search for any range that includes the provided IP, instead of for an exact one. To search for an exact IP range, you need to add in additional conditions to exclude IPs outside of the range. For example, to search for and only that IP block, you can do:

    SELECT * WHERE resourceType = 'AWS::EC2::SecurityGroup' AND configuration.ipPermissions.ipRanges BETWEEN '' AND '' AND NOT configuration.ipPermissions.ipRanges < '' AND NOT configuration.ipPermissions.ipRanges > ''

    For, you can search in a similar fashion:

    SELECT * WHERE resourceType = 'AWS::EC2::SecurityGroup' AND configuration.ipPermissions.ipRanges = '' AND NOT configuration.ipPermissions.ipRanges > '' AND NOT configuration.ipPermissions.ipRanges < ''
  • When querying against multiple properties within an array of objects, matches are computed against all the array elements. For example, for a resource R with rules A and B, the resource is compliant to rule A but noncompliant to rule B. The resource R is stored as:

    { configRuleList: [ { configRuleName: 'A', complianceType: 'compliant' }, { configRuleName: 'B', complianceType: 'non_compliant' } ] }

    R will be returned by this query:

    SELECT configuration WHERE configuration.configRuleList.complianceType = 'non_compliant' AND configuration.configRuleList.configRuleName = 'A'

    The first condition configuration.configRuleList.complianceType = 'non_compliant' is applied to ALL elements in R.configRuleList, because R has a rule (rule B) with complianceType = ‘non_compliant’, the condition is evaluated as true. The second condition configuration.configRuleList.configRuleName is applied to ALL elements in R.configRuleList, because R has a rule (rule A) with configRuleName = ‘A’, the condition is evaluated as true. As both conditions are true, R will be returned.

  • The SELECT all columns shorthand (that is SELECT *) selects only the top-level, scalar properties of a CI. The scalar properties returned are accountId, awsRegion, arn, availabilityZone, configurationItemCaptureTime, resourceCreationTime, resourceId, resourceName, resourceType, and version.

  • Wildcard limitations:

    • Wildcards are supported only for property values and not for property keys (for example, ...WHERE someKey LIKE 'someValue%' is supported but ...WHERE 'someKey%' LIKE 'someValue%' is not supported).

    • Support for only suffix wildcards (for example, ...LIKE 'AWS::EC2::%' and ...LIKE 'AWS::EC2::_' is supported but ...LIKE '%::EC2::Instance' and ...LIKE '_::EC2::Instance'is not supported).

    • Wildcard matches must be at least three characters long (for example, ...LIKE 'ab%' and ...LIKE 'ab_' is not allowed but ...LIKE 'abc%' and ...LIKE 'abc_' is allowed).


    The "_" (single underscore) is also treated as a wildcard.

  • Aggregation limitations:

    • Aggregate functions can accept only a single argument or property.

    • Aggregate functions cannot take other functions as arguments.

    • GROUP BY with an ORDER BY clause referencing aggregate functions may contain only a single property.

    • For all other aggregations GROUP BY clauses may contain up to three properties.

    • Pagination is supported for all aggregate queries except when ORDER BY clause has an aggregate function. For example, GROUP BY X, ORDER BY Y does not work if Y is an aggregate function.

    • No support for HAVING clauses in aggregations.

  • Mismatched identifier limitations:

    Mismatched identifiers are properties that have the same spelling but different cases (upper and lower case). Advanced query does not support processing queries that contain mismatched identifiers. For example:

    • Two properties that have the exact same spelling but with different casing (configuration.dbclusterIdentifier and configuration.dBClusterIdentifier).

    • Two properties where one property is a subset of the other, and they have different casing (configuration.ipAddress and configuration.ipaddressPermissions).

Region Support

Advanced queries is supported in the following Regions:

Region Name Region Endpoint Protocol
US East (Ohio) us-east-2 config.us-east-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS
US East (N. Virginia) us-east-1 config.us-east-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
US West (N. California) us-west-1 config.us-west-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
US West (Oregon) us-west-2 config.us-west-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Africa (Cape Town) af-south-1 config.af-south-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) ap-east-1 config.ap-east-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Hyderabad) ap-south-2 config.ap-south-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Jakarta) ap-southeast-3 config.ap-southeast-3.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Melbourne) ap-southeast-4 config.ap-southeast-4.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) ap-south-1 config.ap-south-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Osaka) ap-northeast-3 config.ap-northeast-3.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Seoul) ap-northeast-2 config.ap-northeast-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Singapore) ap-southeast-1 config.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Sydney) ap-southeast-2 config.ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) ap-northeast-1 config.ap-northeast-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Canada (Central) ca-central-1 config.ca-central-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Canada West (Calgary) ca-west-1 config.ca-west-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Europe (Frankfurt) eu-central-1 config.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Europe (Ireland) eu-west-1 config.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Europe (London) eu-west-2 config.eu-west-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Europe (Milan) eu-south-1 config.eu-south-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Europe (Paris) eu-west-3 config.eu-west-3.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Europe (Spain) eu-south-2 config.eu-south-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Europe (Stockholm) eu-north-1 config.eu-north-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Europe (Zurich) eu-central-2 config.eu-central-2.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Israel (Tel Aviv) il-central-1 config.il-central-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Middle East (Bahrain) me-south-1 config.me-south-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
Middle East (UAE) me-central-1 config.me-central-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
South America (São Paulo) sa-east-1 config.sa-east-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
AWS GovCloud (US-East) us-gov-east-1 config.us-gov-east-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS
AWS GovCloud (US-West) us-gov-west-1 config.us-gov-west-1.amazonaws.com HTTPS