Amazon Redshift parameter groups - Amazon Redshift

Amazon Redshift parameter groups


In Amazon Redshift, you associate a parameter group with each cluster that you create. A parameter group is a group of parameters that apply to all of the databases that you create in the cluster. These parameters configure database settings such as query timeout and date style.

About parameter groups

Each parameter group has several parameters to configure settings for the database. The list of available parameters depends on the parameter group family to which the parameter group belongs. The parameter group family is the version of the Amazon Redshift engine to which the parameters in the parameter group apply. The format of the parameter group family name is redshift-version where version is the engine version. For example, the current version of the engine is redshift-1.0.

Amazon Redshift provides one default parameter group for each parameter group family. The default parameter group has preset values for each of its parameters, and it cannot be modified. The format of the default parameter group name is default.parameter_group_family, where parameter_group_family is the version of the engine to which the parameter group belongs. For example, the default parameter group for the redshift-1.0 version is named default.redshift-1.0.


At this time, redshift-1.0 is the only version of the Amazon Redshift engine. Consequently, default.redshift-1.0 is the only default parameter group.

If you want to use different parameter values than the default parameter group, you must create a custom parameter group and then associate your cluster with it. Initially, the parameter values in a custom parameter group are the same as in the default parameter group. The initial source for all of the parameters is engine-default because the values are preset by Amazon Redshift. After you change a parameter value, the source changes to user to indicate that the value has been modified from its default value.


The Amazon Redshift console does not display the source of each parameter. You must use the Amazon Redshift API, the AWS CLI, or one of the AWS SDKs to view the source.

For parameter groups that you create, you can modify a parameter value at any time, or you can reset all parameter values to their defaults. You can also associate a different parameter group with a cluster. In some cases, you might modify parameter values in a parameter group that is already associated with a cluster or associate a different parameter group with a cluster. In these cases, you might need to restart the cluster for the updated parameter values to take effect. If the cluster fails and is restarted by Amazon Redshift, your changes are applied at that time. Changes aren't applied if your cluster is restarted during maintenance. For more information, see WLM dynamic and static properties.

Default parameter values

The following table shows the default parameter values at a glance with links to more in-depth information about each parameter. These are the default values for the redshift-1.0 parameter group family.

Parameter name Value More information



auto_analyze in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



Automated materialized views in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



datestyle in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



enable_case_sensitive_identifier in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



Database audit logging in this guide



extra_float_digits in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



max_concurrency_scaling_clusters in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



query_group in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



Configuring security options for connections in this guide


$user, public

search_path in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



statement_timeout in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide



Configuring workload management in this guide



Enable FIPS-compliant SSL mode only if your system is required to be FIPS-compliant.


The max_cursor_result_set_size parameter is deprecated. For more information about cursor result set size, see Cursor constraints in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide.

You can temporarily override a parameter by using the SET command in the database. The SET command overrides the parameter for the duration of your current session only. In addition to the parameters listed in the preceding table, you can also temporarily adjust the slot count by setting wlm_query_slot_count in the database. The wlm_query_slot_count parameter is not available for configuration in parameter groups. For more information about adjusting the slot count, see wlm_query_slot_count in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide. For more information about temporarily overriding the other parameters, see Modifying the server configuration in the Amazon Redshift Database Developer Guide.

Configuring parameter values using the AWS CLI

To configure Amazon Redshift parameters by using the AWS CLI, you use the modify-cluster-parameter-group command for a specific parameter group. You specify the parameter group to modify in parameter-group-name. You use the parameters parameter (for the modify-cluster-parameter-group command) to specify name/value pairs for each parameter that you want to modify in the parameter group.


There are special considerations when configuring the wlm_json_configuration parameter by using the AWS CLI. The examples in this section apply to all of the parameters except wlm_json_configuration. For more information about configuring wlm_json_configuration by using the AWS CLI, see Configuring workload management.

After you modify parameter values, you must reboot any clusters that are associated with the modified parameter group. The cluster status displays applying for ParameterApplyStatus while the values are being applied, and then pending-reboot after the values have been applied. After you reboot, the databases in your cluster begin to use the new parameter values. For more information about rebooting clusters, see Rebooting a cluster.


The wlm_json_configuration parameter contains some properties that are dynamic and do not require you to reboot associated clusters for the changes to be applied. For more information about dynamic and static properties, see WLM dynamic and static properties.


The following syntax shows how to use the modify-cluster-parameter-group command to configure a parameter. You specify parameter_group_name and replace both parameter_name and parameter_value with an actual parameter to modify and a value for that parameter. If you want to modify more than one parameter at the same time, separate each parameter and value set from the next with a space.

aws redshift modify-cluster-parameter-group --parameter-group-name parameter_group_name --parameters ParameterName=parameter_name,ParameterValue=parameter_value


The following example shows how to configure the statement_timeout and enable_user_activity_logging parameters for the myclusterparametergroup parameter group.


For readability purposes, the example is displayed on several lines, but in the actual AWS CLI this is one line.

aws redshift modify-cluster-parameter-group --parameter-group-name myclusterparametergroup --parameters ParameterName=statement_timeout,ParameterValue=20000 ParameterName=enable_user_activity_logging,ParameterValue=true

You can manage parameter groups using the console. For more information, see Managing parameter groups using the console.