AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Gets the console output for the specified instance. For Linux instances, the instance console output displays the exact console output that would normally be displayed on a physical monitor attached to a computer. For Windows instances, the instance console output includes the last three system event log errors.

By default, the console output returns buffered information that was posted shortly after an instance transition state (start, stop, reboot, or terminate). This information is available for at least one hour after the most recent post. Only the most recent 64 KB of console output is available.

You can optionally retrieve the latest serial console output at any time during the instance lifecycle. This option is supported on instance types that use the Nitro hypervisor.

For more information, see Instance Console Output in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide.


For .NET Core and PCL this operation is only available in asynchronous form. Please refer to GetConsoleOutputAsync.

Namespace: Amazon.EC2
Assembly: AWSSDK.EC2.dll
Version: 3.x.y.z


public virtual GetConsoleOutputResponse GetConsoleOutput(
         GetConsoleOutputRequest request
Type: Amazon.EC2.Model.GetConsoleOutputRequest

Container for the necessary parameters to execute the GetConsoleOutput service method.

Return Value
The response from the GetConsoleOutput service method, as returned by EC2.


This example gets the console output for the specified instance.

To get the console output

var response = client.GetConsoleOutput(new GetConsoleOutputRequest 
    InstanceId = "i-1234567890abcdef0"

string instanceId = response.InstanceId;
string output = response.Output;
DateTime timestamp = response.Timestamp;


Version Information

.NET Framework:
Supported in: 4.5, 4.0, 3.5

Portable Class Library:
Supported in: Windows Store Apps
Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1
Supported in: Xamarin Android
Supported in: Xamarin iOS (Unified)
Supported in: Xamarin.Forms

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