Amazon Macie
User Guide

Content Type

Once Macie begins monitoring your data, it uses several automatic content classification methods to identify and prioritize your sensitive and critical data and to accurately assign business value to your data. One of these methods is classifying by content type.

To classify your data objects by content type, Macie uses an identifier that is embedded in the file header. Macie offers a set of managed (Macie-curated) content types, each with a designated risk level between 1 and 10.

Macie can assign only one content type to an object.

You cannot modify existing or add new content types. You can enable or disable any existing content type(s), thus enabling or disabling Macie to assign these content types to your objects during the classification process.

To view, enable, or disable content types

  1. In the Macie console, navigate to the Settings page.

  2. In the Classify data section, choose Content types.

  3. Choose any of the listed managed content types to view its details.

    To enable or disable a content type, on its details page, use the Enabled/Disabled drop-down menu, and then choose Save.

The following list describes all content types that Macie can assign to your objects:

Name Description Classification Risk
application/cap WireShark or Tcpdump Packet Capture Binary 6
application/epub+zip application/epub Document 1
application/illustrator Adobe Illustrator Document 1
application/java Binary (Java) Source Code 5
application/java-archive application/java-archive Source code 6
application/java-serialized-object application/java-serialized-object Source Code 5
application/java-vm application/java-vm Source Code 5
application/javascript application/javascript Document 1
application/json JSON Plain Text 6
application/msaccess application/msaccess Data Records 6
application/msexcel Microsoft Excel Document 1
application/msonenote application/msonenote Document 1
application/mspowerpoint Microsoft PowerPoint Document 1
application/msword Microsoft Word Document 1
application/octet-stream application/octet-stream Document 1
application/octet-stream+fon application/octet-stream+fon Document 1
application/ogg application/ogg Audio 1
application/onenote application/onenote Document 1
application/pdf Adobe PDF Document 1
application/pgp application/pgp Document 8
application/pgp-encrypted application/pgp-encrypted Document 2
application/pgp-keys PGP keys Plain Text 8
application/pgp-signature PGP signature Plain Text 1
application/postscript Adobe Postscript Document 1
application/rar RAR compressed archive Archive and compressed 6
application/rdf+xml application/rdf+xml Document 1
application/rss+xml application/rss+xml Document 1
application/rtf application/rtf Document 1
application/tar TAR archive Archive and compressed 3
application/unknown application/unknown Document 1
application/vnd.3gpp.pic-bw-small application/vnd.3gpp.pic-bw-small Document 1
application/vnd.android.package-archive Android Package Archive and compressed 3
application/vnd.audiograph application/vnd.audiograph Audio 1
application/vnd.balsamiq.bmpr Balsamiq Mockup Document 1
application/vnd.cups-ppd application/vnd.cups-ppd Document 1
application/vnd.curl.car application/vnd.curl.car Document 1
application/vnd.dvb.ait application/vnd.dvb.ait Document 1
application/vnd.google-apps.document Google Apps Document Document 1
application/vnd.google-apps.drawing application/vnd.google-apps.drawing Document 1
application/vnd.google-apps.form Google Apps Form Spreadsheet 1
application/vnd.google-apps.map Google Apps Map Document 1
application/vnd.google-apps.presentation Google Apps Presentation Presentation 1
application/vnd.google-apps.script Google Apps script Source Code 5
application/vnd.google-apps.spreadsheet Google Apps Spreadsheet Spreadsheet 1
application/vnd.google-earth.kmz Google Earth KMZ Document 1
application/vnd.jcp.javame.midlet-rms application/vnd.jcp.javame.midlet-rms Document 1
application/vnd.jgraph.mxfile application/vnd.jgraph.mxfile Document 1
application/vnd.jgraph.mxfile.realtime application/vnd.jgraph.mxfile.realtime Document 1
application/vnd.jgraph.mxfile.rtlegacy application/vnd.jgraph.mxfile.rtlegacy Document 1
application/vnd.kde.kontour application/vnd.kde.kontour Document 1
application/vnd.lotus-1-2-3 application/vnd.lotus-1-2-3 Document 1
application/vnd.lotus-organizer application/vnd.lotus-organizer Document 1
application/vnd.mozilla.xul+xml application/vnd.mozilla.xul+xml Document 1
application/vnd.ms-excel Excel Spreadsheet 1
application/vnd.ms-excel.addin.macroEnabled.12 application/vnd.ms-excel.addin.macroEnabled.12 Document 3
application/vnd.ms-excel.sheet.binary.macroEnabled.12 Microsoft Excel - Macro enabled Document 3
application/vnd.ms-excel.sheet.macroEnabled.12 Microsoft Excel - Macro enabled Document 3
application/vnd.ms-excel.sheet.macroenabled.12 application/vnd.ms-excel.sheet.macroenabled.12 Document 3
application/vnd.ms-excel.template.macroenabled.12 application/vnd.ms-excel.template.macroenabled.12 Document 3
application/vnd.ms-fontobject application/vnd.ms-fontobject Document 1
application/vnd.ms-htmlhelp application/vnd.ms-htmlhelp Document 1
application/vnd.ms-officetheme application/vnd.ms-officetheme Document 1
application/vnd.ms-package.relationships+xml application/vnd.ms-package.relationships+xml Document 1
application/vnd.ms-pki.seccat Microsoft Exchange Server Certificate Store Document 8
application/vnd.ms-powerpoint Microsoft PowerPoint Document 1
application/vnd.ms-powerpoint.presentation.macroEnabled.12 application/vnd.ms-powerpoint.presentation.macroEnabled.12 Document 1
application/vnd.ms-powerpoint.slideshow.macroEnabled.12 application/vnd.ms-powerpoint.slideshow.macroEnabled.12 Document 1
application/vnd.ms-powerpointtd Microsoft PowerPoint Document 1
application/vnd.ms-project application/vnd.ms-project Document 1
application/vnd.ms-publisher application/vnd.ms-publisher Document 1
application/vnd.ms-word.document.macroEnabled.12 Microsoft Word - Macro enabled Document 3
application/vnd.ms-xpsdocument application/vnd.ms-xpsdocument Document 1
application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.chart Document 1
application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics Document 1
application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation Presentation Document 1
application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet Spreadsheet Document 1
application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text Open Document Text Document 1
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation 1
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.slide Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation 1
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.slideshow Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation 1
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.template application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.template Document 1
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet 1
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.template application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.template Document 1
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document Microsoft Word Document 1
application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.template application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.template Document 1
application/vnd.palm application/vnd.palm Document 1
application/vnd.symbian.install application/vnd.symbian.install Document 1
application/vnd.tcpdump.pcap Wireshark or Tcpdump Packet Capture Binary 7
application/vnd.visio Microsoft Visio Design 3
application/vns.ms-outlook Microsoft Outlook messages Document 6
application/x-7z-compressed 7zip compressed archive Archive and compressed 5
application/x-adobeaamdetect Adobe Application Manager Binary 1
application/x-adobeexmandetect application/x-adobeexmandetect Document 1
application/x-apple-diskimage Apple disk image Archive and compressed 3
application/x-bittorrent application/x-bittorrent Document 1
application/x-bzip2 application/x-bzip2 Archive and Compressed 3
application/x-cab application/x-cab Archive and Compressed 3
application/x-cfs-compressed application/x-cfs-compressed Archive and Compressed 1
application/x-coredump application/x-coredump Binary 4
application/x-couponprinterplugin application/x-couponprinterplugin Document 1
application/x-dbm application/x-dbm Data Records 7
application/x-dosexec Executable Binary 3
application/x-dvi application/x-dvi Document 1
application/x-executable Executable Binary 3
application/x-fla application/x-fla Document 1
application/x-font application/x-font Document 1
application/x-font-otf application/x-font-otf Document 1
application/x-font-ttf application/x-font-ttf Document 1
application/x-font-type1 application/x-font-type1 Document 1
application/x-font-woff application/x-font-woff Document 1
application/x-freemind application/x-freemind Document 1
application/x-gtar GNU tar compressed archive Archive and compressed 3
application/x-gzip GNU Zip compressed archive Archive and compressed 3
application/x-iso9660-image application/x-iso9660-image Archive and Compressed 1
application/x-iwork-keynote-sffkey application/x-iwork-keynote-sffkey Document 1
application/x-iwork-numbers-sffnumbers application/x-iwork-numbers-sffnumbers Document 1
application/x-iwork-pages-sffpages application/x-iwork-pages-sffpages Document 1
application/x-javascript application/x-javascript Document 1
application/x-maker application/x-maker Document 1
application/x-mobipocket-ebook application/x-mobipocket-ebook Document 1
application/x-ms-shortcut application/x-ms-shortcut Document 1
application/x-ms-wmz application/x-ms-wmz Document 1
application/x-msdos-program Microsoft Windows Application Binary 3
application/x-msi application/x-msi Binary 3
application/x-msmetafile application/x-msmetafile Document 1
application/x-mspublisher application/x-mspublisher Document 1
application/x-nawk application/x-nawk Document 1
application/x-ns-proxy-autoconfig application/x-ns-proxy-autoconfig Document 1
application/x-object application/x-object Binary 1
application/x-perl Perl Source Code Source Code 5
application/x-pkcs12 PKI Certificate Binary 8
application/x-pkcs7-crl PKI Files Binary 5
application/x-python-code Source Code (python) Source Code 5
application/x-rar-compressed RAR compressed archive Archive and compressed 6
application/x-redhat-package-manager application/x-redhat-package-manager Document 1
application/x-sas Statistical Analysis Document 5
application/x-sharedlib application/x-sharedlib Document 1
application/x-shellscript Shell Script Plain Text 3
application/x-shockwave-flash application/x-shockwave-flash Document 1
application/x-silverlight-app application/x-silverlight-app Document 1
application/x-stuffit Stuffit compressed archive Archive and compressed 3
application/x-subrip application/x-subrip Document 1
application/x-tar TAR archive Archive and compressed 6
application/x-tex-tfm Apache Font Document 1
application/x-texinfo application/x-texinfo Document 1
application/x-troff-man application/x-troff-man Document 1
application/x-wais-source application/x-wais-source Document 1
application/x-x509-ca-cert application/x-x509-ca-cert PKI Certificate 7
application/x-xcf application/x-xcf Document 1
application/x-xfig application/x-xfig Document 1
application/x-xpinstall application/x-xpinstall Document 1
application/x-zip Zip compressed archive Archive and compressed 3
application/xhtml+xml application/xhtml+xml Document 1
application/xmind application/xmind Document 1
application/xml XML Text Plain Text 1
application/xv+xml application/xv+xml Document 1
application/zip Zip compressed archive Archive and compressed 3
binary/octet-stream binary/octet-stream Binary 1
chemical/x-cache chemical/x-cache Document 1
chemical/x-cerius chemical/x-cerius Document 1
chemical/x-gamess-input chemical/x-gamess-input Document 1
chemical/x-genbank chemical/x-genbank Document 1
chemical/x-mdl-sdfile chemical/x-mdl-sdfile Document 1
chemical/x-pdb Protein Databank chemical/x-pdb Document 5
chemical/x-rosdal chemical/x-rosdal Document 1
message/rfc822 message/rfc822 Document 1
text/cache-manifest text/cache-manifest Document 1
text/calendar text/calendar Document 1
text/css text/css Document 1
text/csv Comma Separated Values Data Records 6
text/html text/html Document 1
text/json JavaScript Object Notation Data Records 6
text/plain Plain Text Plain Text 3
text/rtf text/rtf Document 1
text/tab-separated-values Tab separated values Data Records 6
text/texmacs text/texmacs Document 1
text/vnd.graphviz text/vnd.graphviz Document 1
text/x-asm Source Code (Assembly) Source Code 5
text/x-bibtex text/x-bibtex Document 1
text/x-c Source Code (c) Source Code 5
text/x-c++hdr Source Code (C++ headers) Source Code 3
text/x-c++src Source Code (c++) Source Code 5
text/x-chdr Source Code (C headers) Source Code 5
text/x-component text/x-component Document 1
text/x-csh Source Code (C shell) Source Code 5
text/x-csharp Source Code (C#) Source Code 5
text/x-csrc Source Code (C) Source Code 5
text/x-diff text/x-diff Document 1
text/x-dsrc text/x-dsrc Document 1
text/x-java Source Code (Java) Source Code 5
text/x-java-source Source Code (Java) Source Code 5
text/x-markdown text/x-markdown Document 1
text/x-nfo text/x-nfo Document 1
text/x-objcsrc Source Code (Objective-C) Source Code 5
text/x-pascal Source Code (Pascal) Source Code 5
text/x-perl Source Code (Perl) Source Code 5
text/x-python Source Code (Python) Source Code 5
text/x-sfv text/x-sfv Document 1
text/x-sh Source Code (x-sh) Source Code 5
text/x-sql Source Code (SQL) Source Code 5
text/x-tex text/x-tex Document 1
text/x-url text/x-url Document 1
text/x-vcard text/x-vcard Document 1
text/xml XML Text Plain Text 3