AWS OpsWorks
API Reference (API Version 2013-02-18)


Requests a description of one or more stacks.

Required Permissions: To use this action, an IAM user must have a Show, Deploy, or Manage permissions level for the stack, or an attached policy that explicitly grants permissions. For more information on user permissions, see Managing User Permissions.

Request Syntax

{ "StackIds": [ "string" ] }

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


An array of stack IDs that specify the stacks to be described. If you omit this parameter, DescribeStacks returns a description of every stack.

Type: Array of strings

Required: No

Response Syntax

{ "Stacks": [ { "AgentVersion": "string", "Arn": "string", "Attributes": { "string" : "string" }, "ChefConfiguration": { "BerkshelfVersion": "string", "ManageBerkshelf": boolean }, "ConfigurationManager": { "Name": "string", "Version": "string" }, "CreatedAt": "string", "CustomCookbooksSource": { "Password": "string", "Revision": "string", "SshKey": "string", "Type": "string", "Url": "string", "Username": "string" }, "CustomJson": "string", "DefaultAvailabilityZone": "string", "DefaultInstanceProfileArn": "string", "DefaultOs": "string", "DefaultRootDeviceType": "string", "DefaultSshKeyName": "string", "DefaultSubnetId": "string", "HostnameTheme": "string", "Name": "string", "Region": "string", "ServiceRoleArn": "string", "StackId": "string", "UseCustomCookbooks": boolean, "UseOpsworksSecurityGroups": boolean, "VpcId": "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 array of Stack objects that describe the stacks.

Type: Array of Stack objects


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


Indicates that a resource was not found.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Indicates that a request was not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400

See Also

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