Amazon Kinesis Video Streams
Developer Guide


Returns the most current information about the specified stream. You must specify either the StreamName or the StreamARN.

Request Syntax

POST /describeStream HTTP/1.1 Content-type: application/json { "StreamARN": "string", "StreamName": "string" }

URI Request Parameters

The request does not use any URI parameters.

Request Body

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the stream.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 1024.

Pattern: arn:aws:kinesisvideo:[a-z0-9-]+:[0-9]+:[a-z]+/[a-zA-Z0-9_.-]+/[0-9]+

Required: No


The name of the stream.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 256.

Pattern: [a-zA-Z0-9_.-]+

Required: No

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 200 Content-type: application/json { "StreamInfo": { "CreationTime": number, "DataRetentionInHours": number, "DeviceName": "string", "KmsKeyId": "string", "MediaType": "string", "Status": "string", "StreamARN": "string", "StreamName": "string", "Version": "string" } }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


An object that describes the stream.

Type: StreamInfo object


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


Kinesis Video Streams has throttled the request because you have exceeded the limit of allowed client calls. Try making the call later.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The value for this input parameter is invalid.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The caller is not authorized to perform this operation.

HTTP Status Code: 401


Amazon Kinesis Video Streams can't find the stream that you specified.

HTTP Status Code: 404

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: