Identity-based policy examples for Amazon Polly - Amazon Polly

Identity-based policy examples for Amazon Polly

By default, users and roles don't have permission to create or modify Amazon Polly resources. They also can't perform tasks by using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), or AWS API. To grant users permission to perform actions on the resources that they need, an IAM administrator can create IAM policies. The administrator can then add the IAM policies to roles, and users can assume the roles.

To learn how to create an IAM identity-based policy by using these example JSON policy documents, see Creating IAM policies in the IAM User Guide.

For details about actions and resource types defined by Amazon Polly, including the format of the ARNs for each of the resource types, see Actions, resources, and condition keys for Amazon Polly in the Service Authorization Reference.

Policy best practices

Identity-based policies determine whether someone can create, access, or delete Amazon Polly resources in your account. These actions can incur costs for your AWS account. When you create or edit identity-based policies, follow these guidelines and recommendations:

  • Get started with AWS managed policies and move toward least-privilege permissions – To get started granting permissions to your users and workloads, use the AWS managed policies that grant permissions for many common use cases. They are available in your AWS account. We recommend that you reduce permissions further by defining AWS customer managed policies that are specific to your use cases. For more information, see AWS managed policies or AWS managed policies for job functions in the IAM User Guide.

  • Apply least-privilege permissions – When you set permissions with IAM policies, grant only the permissions required to perform a task. You do this by defining the actions that can be taken on specific resources under specific conditions, also known as least-privilege permissions. For more information about using IAM to apply permissions, see Policies and permissions in IAM in the IAM User Guide.

  • Use conditions in IAM policies to further restrict access – You can add a condition to your policies to limit access to actions and resources. For example, you can write a policy condition to specify that all requests must be sent using SSL. You can also use conditions to grant access to service actions if they are used through a specific AWS service, such as AWS CloudFormation. For more information, see IAM JSON policy elements: Condition in the IAM User Guide.

  • Use IAM Access Analyzer to validate your IAM policies to ensure secure and functional permissions – IAM Access Analyzer validates new and existing policies so that the policies adhere to the IAM policy language (JSON) and IAM best practices. IAM Access Analyzer provides more than 100 policy checks and actionable recommendations to help you author secure and functional policies. For more information, see IAM Access Analyzer policy validation in the IAM User Guide.

  • Require multi-factor authentication (MFA) – If you have a scenario that requires IAM users or a root user in your AWS account, turn on MFA for additional security. To require MFA when API operations are called, add MFA conditions to your policies. For more information, see Configuring MFA-protected API access in the IAM User Guide.

For more information about best practices in IAM, see Security best practices in IAM in the IAM User Guide.

Using the Amazon Polly console

To access the Amazon Polly console, you must have a minimum set of permissions. These permissions must allow you to list and view details about the Amazon Polly resources in your AWS account. If you create an identity-based policy that is more restrictive than the minimum required permissions, the console won't function as intended for entities (users or roles) with that policy.

You don't need to allow minimum console permissions for users that are making calls only to the AWS CLI or the AWS API. Instead, allow access to only the actions that match the API operation that they're trying to perform.

To ensure that users and roles can still use the Amazon Polly console, also attach the Amazon Polly ConsoleAccess or ReadOnly AWS managed policy to the entities. For more information, see Adding permissions to a user in the IAM User Guide.

To use the Amazon Polly console, grant permissions to all the Amazon Polly APIs. There are no additional permissions needed. To get full console functionality you can use following policy:.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Sid": "Console-AllowAllPollyActions", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "polly:*"], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Allow users to view their own permissions

This example shows how you might create a policy that allows IAM users to view the inline and managed policies that are attached to their user identity. This policy includes permissions to complete this action on the console or programmatically using the AWS CLI or AWS API.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Sid": "ViewOwnUserInfo", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:GetUserPolicy", "iam:ListGroupsForUser", "iam:ListAttachedUserPolicies", "iam:ListUserPolicies", "iam:GetUser" ], "Resource": ["arn:aws:iam::*:user/${aws:username}"] }, { "Sid": "NavigateInConsole", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "iam:GetGroupPolicy", "iam:GetPolicyVersion", "iam:GetPolicy", "iam:ListAttachedGroupPolicies", "iam:ListGroupPolicies", "iam:ListPolicyVersions", "iam:ListPolicies", "iam:ListUsers" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }

AWS managed (predefined) policies for Amazon Polly

AWS addresses many common use cases by providing standalone IAM policies that are created and administered by AWS. These AWS managed policies grant necessary permissions for common use cases so that you can avoid having to investigate what 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 Polly:

  • AmazonPollyReadOnlyAccess – Grants read-only access to resources, allows listing lexicons, fetching lexicons, listing available voices and synthesizing speech (including, applying lexicons to the synthesized speech).

  • AmazonPollyFullAccess – Grants full access to resources and all the supported operations.


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

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

Customer-managed policy examples

In this section, you can find example user policies that grant permissions for various Amazon Polly actions. These policies work when you're using AWS SDKs or the AWS CLI. When you're using the console, grant permissions to all the Amazon Polly APIs.


All examples use the us-east-2 Region and contain fictitious account IDs.

Example 1: Allow All Amazon Polly Actions

After you sign up (see Setting up Amazon Polly) create an administrator user to manage your account, including creating users and managing their permissions.

You might create a user who has permissions for all Amazon Polly actions. Think of this user as a service-specific administrator for working with Amazon Polly. You can attach the following permissions policy to this user.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Sid": "AllowAllPollyActions", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "polly:*"], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Example 2: Allow all Amazon Polly actions except DeleteLexicon

The following permissions policy grants the user permissions to perform all actions except DeleteLexicon, with the permissions for delete explicitly denied in all Regions.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Sid": "AllowAllActions-DenyDelete", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "polly:DescribeVoices", "polly:GetLexicon", "polly:PutLexicon", "polly:SynthesizeSpeech", "polly:ListLexicons"], "Resource": "*" } { "Sid": "DenyDeleteLexicon", "Effect": "Deny", "Action": [ "polly:DeleteLexicon"], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Example 3: Allow DeleteLexicon

The following permissions policy grants the user permissions to delete any lexicon that you own regardless of the project or Region in which it is located.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Sid": "AllowDeleteLexicon", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "polly:DeleteLexicon"], "Resource": "*" } ] }

Example 4: Allow Delete Lexicon in a specified Region

The following permissions policy grants the user permissions to delete any lexicon in any project that you own that is located in a single Region (in this case, us-east-2).

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Sid": "AllowDeleteSpecifiedRegion", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "polly:DeleteLexicon"], "Resource": "arn:aws:polly:us-east-2:123456789012:lexicon/*" } ] }

Example 5: Allow DeleteLexicon for specified Lexicon

The following permissions policy grants the user permissions to delete a specific lexicon that you own (in this case, myLexicon) in a specific Region (in this case, us-east-2).

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [{ "Sid": "AllowDeleteForSpecifiedLexicon", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "polly:DeleteLexicon"], "Resource": "arn:aws:polly:us-east-2:123456789012:lexicon/myLexicon" } ] }