Using unified search in the AWS Management Console - AWS Resource Explorer

Using unified search in the AWS Management Console

The AWS Management Console includes a search bar at the top of every AWS console page. This search bar can search the AWS service documentation and blog topics, and take you directly to AWS service console pages. It can also return the resources in your AWS account, if you turn on the unified search feature by turning on the required Resource Explorer features.

With unified search, your users can search for resources from any AWS service console without having to first navigate to the AWS Resource Explorer console.


When you want to use the unified search bar to search specifically for resources, begin your search query by typing /Resources. This causes AWS resources to be ranked higher in the search results than results that do not represent resources.


Unified search automatically inserts a wildcard character (*) operator at the end of the first keyword in the string. This means that unified search results include resources that match any string that starts with the specified keyword.

The search performed by the Query text box on the Resource search page in the Resource Explorer console does not automatically append a wildcard character. You can insert a * manually after any term in the search string.

To see if unified search is enabled in your AWS account, look at the top of the Settings page. Resource Explorer displays the current status of each requirement there. The requirements for unified search are as follows:

  • You must turn on Resource Explorer in at least one AWS Region. Only resources in Regions with Resource Explorer indexes can appear in unified search results.

  • You must create an aggregator index in the Region of your choice. Searches performed in this Region return results from all registered Regions in the account.

  • You must create a default view in the Region that contains the aggregator index. All users who need to use unified search for resources must have permission to use this default view.

  • Users must have an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions policy assigned to their IAM principal that grants permission to perform the resource-explorer-2:Get*, resource-explorer-2:List*, resource-explorer-2:Describe*,resource-explorer-2:Search actions. You can grant these permissions by using your own custom IAM policies. These permissions are already included as part of the following AWS managed policies that are available for your use:

To enable including your account's resources in the search results for unified search from any AWS console, you must complete the following steps: