AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Describes the specified Kinesis data stream.

The information returned includes the stream name, Amazon Resource Name (ARN), creation time, enhanced metric configuration, and shard map. The shard map is an array of shard objects. For each shard object, there is the hash key and sequence number ranges that the shard spans, and the IDs of any earlier shards that played in a role in creating the shard. Every record ingested in the stream is identified by a sequence number, which is assigned when the record is put into the stream.

You can limit the number of shards returned by each call. For more information, see Retrieving Shards from a Stream in the Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Developer Guide.

There are no guarantees about the chronological order shards returned. To process shards in chronological order, use the ID of the parent shard to track the lineage to the oldest shard.

This operation has a limit of 10 transactions per second per account.


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

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


public abstract DescribeStreamResponse DescribeStream(
         DescribeStreamRequest request
Type: Amazon.Kinesis.Model.DescribeStreamRequest

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

Return Value
The response from the DescribeStream service method, as returned by Kinesis.


LimitExceededException The requested resource exceeds the maximum number allowed, or the number of concurrent stream requests exceeds the maximum number allowed.
ResourceNotFoundException The requested resource could not be found. The stream might not be specified correctly.

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

Supported Versions: 4.6 and above
Supported Platforms: Android, iOS, Standalone

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