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Using Identity-Based Policies (IAM Policies) for Amazon Lex

This topic provides examples of identity-based policies that demonstrate how an account administrator can attach permissions policies to IAM identities (that is, users, groups, and roles) and thereby grant permissions to perform operations on Amazon Lex resources.


Before you proceed, we recommend that you review Overview of Managing Access Permissions to Your Amazon Lex Resources.

The sections in this topic cover the following:

The following is an example of a permissions policy:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "lex:PostText" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:lex:us-east-1:account-id:bot:OrderPizza:*" ] } ] }

The policy has one statement that grants permission to use the PostText action with the OrderPizza bot. The resource specifies a wildcard character (*) to give permission to any alias of the OrderPizza bot.

The policy doesn't specify the Principal element because you don't specify the principal who gets the permission in an identity-based policy. When you attach a policy to a user, the user is the implicit principal. When you attach a permissions policy to an IAM role, the principal identified in the role's trust policy gets the permissions.

For a table showing all of the Amazon Lex API actions and the resources that they apply to, see Amazon Lex API Permissions: Actions, Resources, and Conditions Reference.

Permissions Required to Use the Amazon Lex Console

The permissions reference table lists the Amazon Lex API operations and shows the required permissions for each operation. For more information about Amazon Lex API operations, see Amazon Lex API Permissions: Actions, Resources, and Conditions Reference.

To use the Amazon Lex console, you need to grant permissions for additional actions as shown in the following permissions policy:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "cloudwatch:GetMetricStatistics", "cloudwatch:DescribeAlarms", "cloudwatch:DescribeAlarmsForMetric", "kms:DescribeKey", "kms:ListAliases", "lambda:GetPolicy", "lambda:ListFunctions", "lex:*", "polly:DescribeVoices", "polly:SynthesizeSpeech" ], "Resource": [ "*" ] }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "lambda:AddPermission", "lambda:RemovePermission" ], "Resource": "*", "Condition": { "StringLike": { "lambda:Principal": "" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:GetRole", "iam:DeleteRole" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:iam::*:role/aws-service-role/", "arn:aws:iam::*:role/aws-service-role/" ] }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:CreateServiceLinkedRole" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:iam::*:role/aws-service-role/" ], "Condition": { "StringLike": { "iam:AWSServiceName": "" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:DetachRolePolicy" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:iam::*:role/aws-service-role/" ], "Condition": { "StringLike": { "iam:PolicyArn": "arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/aws-service-role/AmazonLexBotPolicy" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:CreateServiceLinkedRole" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:iam::*:role/aws-service-role/" ], "Condition": { "StringLike": { "iam:AWSServiceName": "" } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:DetachRolePolicy" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:iam::*:role/aws-service-role/" ], "Condition": { "StringLike": { "iam:PolicyArn": "arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/aws-service-role/LexChannelPolicy" } } } ] }

The Amazon Lex console needs these additional permissions for the following reasons:

  • cloudwatch permissions to view performance and monitoring information in the console.

  • iam actions to assume IAM roles for making calls to Lambda functions and processing data for a bot channel association.

  • kms actions to manage the AWS Key Management Service keys used to encrypt data when creating a bot channel association.

  • lambda actions to display Lambda functions that your bot can use, and to grant Lex the necessary permissions for your bot to invoke these functions.

  • lex actions so that the console can display Amazon Lex resources in the account.

  • polly actions so that the console can display Amazon Polly voices and so that it can translate text to speech.

  • iam actions so that the console can manage server-linked roles that grant permission to use other AWS resources.

AWS Managed (Predefined) Policies for Amazon Lex

AWS addresses many common use cases by providing standalone IAM policies that are created and administered by AWS. Managed policies grant necessary permissions for common use cases so you can avoid having to investigate which permissions are needed. For more information, see AWS Managed Policies in the IAM User Guide.

The following AWS managed policies, which you can attach to users in your account, are specific to Amazon Lex:

  • ReadOnly — Grants read-only access to Amazon Lex resources.

  • RunBotsOnly — Grants access to run Amazon Lex conversational bots.

  • FullAccess — Grants full access to create, read, update, delete, and run all Amazon Lex resources. Grants access to associate Lambda functions whose name starts with AmazonLex with Amazon Lex intents.


You can review these permissions policies by signing in to the IAM console and searching for specific policies.

You can also create your own custom IAM policies to allow permissions for Amazon Lex API actions. You can attach these custom policies to the IAM users or groups that require those permissions.

Examples of Customer Managed Policies

In this section, we provide examples of user policies that grant permissions for various Amazon Lex actions. These policies work with the AWS SDKs or the AWS command line interface (AWS ). When you use the console, you need to grant additional permissions specific to the console, which is discussed in Permissions Required to Use the Amazon Lex Console.


All examples use the us-east-1 Region and contain fictitious account IDs.

Example 1: Allow a User to Delete Any Bot

The following permissions policy grants the user permissions to delete any bot that exists in the us-east-1 Region.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "lex:DeleteBot" "Resource": [ "*" ] } ] }

Example 2: Allow a User to Update a Specific Bot

The following policy grants the user permissions to update a specific bot in the us-east-1 Region, in this case, the bot named "PizzaBot."

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "lex:PutBot" "Resource": [ "arn:aws:lex:us-east-1:account-id:bot:PizzaBot:$LATEST" ] } ] }

Example 3: Allow a User to Manage a Specific Bot

The following permissions policy grants the user permissions to build and test a pizza ordering, and can only use the OrderPizza intent and Toppings slot type when editing the bot in the us-east-1 region. The policy uses the lex:associatedIntents and lex:associatedSlotType to limit the intent and slot types that the user can use for this bot.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "lex:Create*Version", "lex:Post*", "lex:Put*", "lex:Delete*" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:lex:us-east-1:*:bot:PizzaBot:*", "arn:aws:lex:us-east-1:*:intent:OrderPizza:*", "arn:aws:lex:us-east-1:*:slottype:Toppings:*" ], "Condition": { "ForAllValues:StringEqualsIfExists": { "lex:associatedIntents": [ "OrderPizza" ], "lex:associatedSlotTypes": [ "Toppings" ] } } }, { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "lex:Get*" ], "Resource": [ "arn:aws:lex:us-east-1:*:bot:*", "arn:aws:lex:us-east-1:*:intent:*", "arn:aws:lex:us-east-1:*:slottype:*" ] } ] }