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[ aws . secretsmanager ]



Lists all of the secrets that are stored by Secrets Manager in the Amazon Web Services account. To list the versions currently stored for a specific secret, use ListSecretVersionIds . The encrypted fields SecretString and SecretBinary are not included in the output. To get that information, call the GetSecretValue operation.


Always check the NextToken response parameter when calling any of the List* operations. These operations can occasionally return an empty or shorter than expected list of results even when there more results become available. When this happens, the NextToken response parameter contains a value to pass to the next call to the same API to request the next part of the list.

Minimum permissions

To run this command, you must have the following permissions:

  • secretsmanager:ListSecrets
Related operations
  • To list the versions attached to a secret, use ListSecretVersionIds .

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.

list-secrets 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: SecretList


[--filters <value>]
[--sort-order <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--starting-token <value>]
[--page-size <value>]
[--max-items <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--filters (list)

Lists the secret request filters.


Allows you to add filters when you use the search function in Secrets Manager.

Key -> (string)

Filters your list of secrets by a specific key.

Values -> (list)

Filters your list of secrets by a specific value.

You can prefix your search value with an exclamation mark (! ) in order to perform negation filters.


Shorthand Syntax:

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

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "description"|"name"|"tag-key"|"tag-value"|"primary-region"|"all",
    "Values": ["string", ...]

--sort-order (string)

Lists secrets in the requested order.

Possible values:

  • asc
  • desc

--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 the secrets in your account

The following example shows how to list all of the secrets in your account.

aws secretsmanager list-secrets

The output shows the following:

  "SecretList": [
      "ARN": "arn:aws:secretsmanager:us-west-2:123456789012:secret:MyTestDatabaseSecret-a1b2c3",
      "Name": "MyTestDatabaseSecret",
      "Description": "My test database secret",
      "LastChangedDate": 1523477145.729,
      "SecretVersionsToStages": {
        "EXAMPLE1-90ab-cdef-fedc-ba987EXAMPLE": [
      "ARN": "arn:aws:secretsmanager:us-west-2:123456789012:secret:MyTestDatabaseSecret1-d4e5f6",
      "Name": "MyTestDatabaseSecret1",
      "Description": "Another secret created for a different database",
      "LastChangedDate": 1523482025.685,
      "SecretVersionsToStages": {
        "EXAMPLE2-90ab-cdef-fedc-ba987EXAMPLE": [


SecretList -> (list)

A list of the secrets in the account.


A structure that contains the details about a secret. It does not include the encrypted SecretString and SecretBinary values. To get those values, use the GetSecretValue operation.

ARN -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the secret.

For more information about ARNs in Secrets Manager, see Policy Resources in the Amazon Web Services Secrets Manager User Guide .

Name -> (string)

The friendly name of the secret. You can use forward slashes in the name to represent a path hierarchy. For example, /prod/databases/dbserver1 could represent the secret for a server named dbserver1 in the folder databases in the folder prod .

Description -> (string)

The user-provided description of the secret.

KmsKeyId -> (string)

The ARN or alias of the Amazon Web Services KMS customer master key (CMK) used to encrypt the SecretString and SecretBinary fields in each version of the secret. If you don't provide a key, then Secrets Manager defaults to encrypting the secret fields with the default KMS CMK, the key named awssecretsmanager , for this account.

RotationEnabled -> (boolean)

Indicates whether automatic, scheduled rotation is enabled for this secret.

RotationLambdaARN -> (string)

The ARN of an Amazon Web Services Lambda function invoked by Secrets Manager to rotate and expire the secret either automatically per the schedule or manually by a call to RotateSecret .

RotationRules -> (structure)

A structure that defines the rotation configuration for the secret.

AutomaticallyAfterDays -> (long)

Specifies the number of days between automatic scheduled rotations of the secret.

Secrets Manager schedules the next rotation when the previous one is complete. Secrets Manager schedules the date by adding the rotation interval (number of days) to the actual date of the last rotation. The service chooses the hour within that 24-hour date window randomly. The minute is also chosen somewhat randomly, but weighted towards the top of the hour and influenced by a variety of factors that help distribute load.

LastRotatedDate -> (timestamp)

The most recent date and time that the Secrets Manager rotation process was successfully completed. This value is null if the secret hasn't ever rotated.

LastChangedDate -> (timestamp)

The last date and time that this secret was modified in any way.

LastAccessedDate -> (timestamp)

The last date that this secret was accessed. This value is truncated to midnight of the date and therefore shows only the date, not the time.

DeletedDate -> (timestamp)

The date and time the deletion of the secret occurred. Not present on active secrets. The secret can be recovered until the number of days in the recovery window has passed, as specified in the RecoveryWindowInDays parameter of the DeleteSecret operation.

Tags -> (list)

The list of user-defined tags associated with the secret. To add tags to a secret, use TagResource . To remove tags, use UntagResource .


A structure that contains information about a tag.

Key -> (string)

The key identifier, or name, of the tag.

Value -> (string)

The string value associated with the key of the tag.

SecretVersionsToStages -> (map)

A list of all of the currently assigned SecretVersionStage staging labels and the SecretVersionId attached to each one. Staging labels are used to keep track of the different versions during the rotation process.


A version that does not have any SecretVersionStage is considered deprecated and subject to deletion. Such versions are not included in this list.

key -> (string)

value -> (list)


OwningService -> (string)

Returns the name of the service that created the secret.

CreatedDate -> (timestamp)

The date and time when a secret was created.

PrimaryRegion -> (string)

The Region where Secrets Manager originated the secret.

NextToken -> (string)

If present in the response, this value indicates that there's more output available than included in the current response. This can occur even when the response includes no values at all, such as when you ask for a filtered view of a very long list. Use this value in the NextToken request parameter in a subsequent call to the operation to continue processing and get the next part of the output. You should repeat this until the NextToken response element comes back empty (as null ).