AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Container for the parameters to the DescribeSnapshots operation. Describes one or more of the EBS snapshots available to you. Available snapshots include public snapshots available for any AWS account to launch, private snapshots that you own, and private snapshots owned by another AWS account but for which you've been given explicit create volume permissions.

The create volume permissions fall into the following categories:

The list of snapshots returned can be modified by specifying snapshot IDs, snapshot owners, or AWS accounts with create volume permissions. If no options are specified, Amazon EC2 returns all snapshots for which you have create volume permissions.

If you specify one or more snapshot IDs, only snapshots that have the specified IDs are returned. If you specify an invalid snapshot ID, an error is returned. If you specify a snapshot ID for which you do not have access, it is not included in the returned results.

If you specify one or more snapshot owners using the OwnerIds option, only snapshots from the specified owners and for which you have access are returned. The results can include the AWS account IDs of the specified owners, amazon for snapshots owned by Amazon, or self for snapshots that you own.

If you specify a list of restorable users, only snapshots with create snapshot permissions for those users are returned. You can specify AWS account IDs (if you own the snapshots), self for snapshots for which you own or have explicit permissions, or all for public snapshots.

If you are describing a long list of snapshots, you can paginate the output to make the list more manageable. The MaxResults parameter sets the maximum number of results returned in a single page. If the list of results exceeds your MaxResults value, then that number of results is returned along with a NextToken value that can be passed to a subsequent DescribeSnapshots request to retrieve the remaining results.

For more information about EBS snapshots, see Amazon EBS Snapshots in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide.

Inheritance Hierarchy


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


public class DescribeSnapshotsRequest : AmazonEC2Request

The DescribeSnapshotsRequest type exposes the following members


Public Method DescribeSnapshotsRequest()


Public Property Filters System.Collections.Generic.List<Amazon.EC2.Model.Filter>

Gets and sets the property Filters.

One or more filters.

  • description - A description of the snapshot.

  • owner-alias - Value from an Amazon-maintained list (amazon | aws-marketplace | microsoft) of snapshot owners. Not to be confused with the user-configured AWS account alias, which is set from the IAM console.

  • owner-id - The ID of the AWS account that owns the snapshot.

  • progress - The progress of the snapshot, as a percentage (for example, 80%).

  • snapshot-id - The snapshot ID.

  • start-time - The time stamp when the snapshot was initiated.

  • status - The status of the snapshot (pending | completed | error).

  • tag: - The key/value combination of a tag assigned to the resource. Use the tag key in the filter name and the tag value as the filter value. For example, to find all resources that have a tag with the key Owner and the value TeamA, specify tag:Owner for the filter name and TeamA for the filter value.

  • tag-key - The key of a tag assigned to the resource. Use this filter to find all resources assigned a tag with a specific key, regardless of the tag value.

  • volume-id - The ID of the volume the snapshot is for.

  • volume-size - The size of the volume, in GiB.

Public Property MaxResults System.Int32

Gets and sets the property MaxResults.

The maximum number of snapshot results returned by DescribeSnapshots in paginated output. When this parameter is used, DescribeSnapshots only returns MaxResults results in a single page along with a NextToken response element. The remaining results of the initial request can be seen by sending another DescribeSnapshots request with the returned NextToken value. This value can be between 5 and 1000; if MaxResults is given a value larger than 1000, only 1000 results are returned. If this parameter is not used, then DescribeSnapshots returns all results. You cannot specify this parameter and the snapshot IDs parameter in the same request.

Public Property NextToken System.String

Gets and sets the property NextToken.

The NextToken value returned from a previous paginated DescribeSnapshots request where MaxResults was used and the results exceeded the value of that parameter. Pagination continues from the end of the previous results that returned the NextToken value. This value is null when there are no more results to return.

Public Property OwnerIds System.Collections.Generic.List<System.String>

Gets and sets the property OwnerIds.

Returns the snapshots owned by the specified owner. Multiple owners can be specified.

Public Property RestorableByUserIds System.Collections.Generic.List<System.String>

Gets and sets the property RestorableByUserIds.

One or more AWS accounts IDs that can create volumes from the snapshot.

Public Property SnapshotIds System.Collections.Generic.List<System.String>

Gets and sets the property SnapshotIds.

One or more snapshot IDs.

Default: Describes snapshots for which you have launch permissions.


This example describes a snapshot with the snapshot ID of ``snap-1234567890abcdef0``.

To describe a snapshot

var response = client.DescribeSnapshots(new DescribeSnapshotsRequest 
    SnapshotIds = new List {

string nextToken = response.NextToken;
List snapshots = response.Snapshots;


This example describes all snapshots owned by the ID 012345678910 that are in the ``pending`` status.

To describe snapshots using filters

var response = client.DescribeSnapshots(new DescribeSnapshotsRequest 
    Filters = new List {
        new Filter {
            Name = "status",
            Values = new List {
    OwnerIds = new List {

string nextToken = response.NextToken;
List snapshots = response.Snapshots;


Version Information

.NET Standard:
Supported in: 1.3

.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