Applying a subscription filter policy - Amazon Simple Notification Service

Applying a subscription filter policy

You can apply a filter policy to an Amazon SNS subscription using the Amazon SNS console. Or, to apply policies programmatically, you can use the Amazon SNS API, the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), or any AWS SDK that supports Amazon SNS.


AWS services such as IAM and Amazon SNS use a distributed computing model called eventual consistency. Additions or changes to a subscription filter policy require up to 15 minutes to fully take effect.

AWS Management Console

  1. Sign in to the Amazon SNS console.

  2. On the navigation panel, choose Subscriptions.

  3. Select a subscription and then choose Edit.

  4. On the Edit page, expand the Subscription filter policy section.

  5. In the JSON editor field, provide the JSON body of your filter policy.

  6. Choose Save changes.

    Amazon SNS applies your filter policy to the subscription.


To apply a filter policy with the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), use the set-subscription-attributes command, as shown in the following example:

$ aws sns set-subscription-attributes --subscription-arn arn:aws:sns: ... --attribute-name FilterPolicy --attribute-value '{"store":["example_corp"],"event":["order_placed"]}'

For the --attribute-name option, specify FilterPolicy. For --attribute-value, specify your JSON policy.

To provide valid JSON for your policy, enclose the attribute names and values in double quotes. You must also enclose the entire policy argument in quotes. To avoid escaping quotes, you can use single quotes to enclose the policy and double quotes to enclose the JSON names and values, as shown in the above example.

To verify that your filter policy was applied, use the get-subscription-attributes command. The attributes in the terminal output should show your filter policy for the FilterPolicy key, as shown in the following example:

$ aws sns get-subscription-attributes --subscription-arn arn:aws:sns: ... { "Attributes": { "Endpoint": "endpoint . . .", "Protocol": "https", "RawMessageDelivery": "false", "EffectiveDeliveryPolicy": "delivery policy . . .", "ConfirmationWasAuthenticated": "true", "FilterPolicy": "{\"store\": [\"example_corp\"], \"event\": [\"order_placed\"]}", "Owner": "111122223333", "SubscriptionArn": "arn:aws:sns: . . .", "TopicArn": "arn:aws:sns: . . ." } }


The following code examples show how to set an Amazon SNS filter policy.


If you are using the SDK for Java 2.x example, the class SNSMessageFilterPolicy is not available out of the box. For instructions on how to install this class, see the example from the GitHub website.

SDK for Java 2.x

To learn how to set up and run this example, see GitHub.

public static void usePolicy(SnsClient snsClient, String subscriptionArn) { try { SNSMessageFilterPolicy fp = new SNSMessageFilterPolicy(); // Add a filter policy attribute with a single value fp.addAttribute("store", "example_corp"); fp.addAttribute("event", "order_placed"); // Add a prefix attribute fp.addAttributePrefix("customer_interests", "bas"); // Add an anything-but attribute fp.addAttributeAnythingBut("customer_interests", "baseball"); // Add a filter policy attribute with a list of values ArrayList<String> attributeValues = new ArrayList<>(); attributeValues.add("rugby"); attributeValues.add("soccer"); attributeValues.add("hockey"); fp.addAttribute("customer_interests", attributeValues); // Add a numeric attribute fp.addAttribute("price_usd", "=", 0); // Add a numeric attribute with a range fp.addAttributeRange("price_usd", ">", 0, "<=", 100); // Apply the filter policy attributes to an Amazon SNS subscription fp.apply(snsClient, subscriptionArn); } catch (SnsException e) { System.err.println(e.awsErrorDetails().errorMessage()); System.exit(1); } }
SDK for Python (Boto3)

To learn how to set up and run this example, see GitHub.

class SnsWrapper: """Encapsulates Amazon SNS topic and subscription functions.""" def __init__(self, sns_resource): """ :param sns_resource: A Boto3 Amazon SNS resource. """ self.sns_resource = sns_resource def add_subscription_filter(subscription, attributes): """ Adds a filter policy to a subscription. A filter policy is a key and a list of values that are allowed. When a message is published, it must have an attribute that passes the filter or it will not be sent to the subscription. :param subscription: The subscription the filter policy is attached to. :param attributes: A dictionary of key-value pairs that define the filter. """ try: att_policy = {key: [value] for key, value in attributes.items()} subscription.set_attributes( AttributeName='FilterPolicy', AttributeValue=json.dumps(att_policy))"Added filter to subscription %s.", subscription.arn) except ClientError: logger.exception( "Couldn't add filter to subscription %s.", subscription.arn) raise

Amazon SNS API

To apply a filter policy with the Amazon SNS API, make a request to the SetSubscriptionAttributes action. Set the AttributeName parameter to FilterPolicy, and set the AttributeValue parameter to your filter policy JSON.

AWS CloudFormation

To apply a filter policy using AWS CloudFormation, use a JSON or YAML template to create a AWS CloudFormation stack. For more information, see the FilterPolicy property of the AWS::SNS::Subscription resource in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide and the example AWS CloudFormation template.

  1. Sign in to the AWS CloudFormation console.

  2. Choose Create Stack.

  3. On the Select Template page, choose Upload a template to Amazon S3, choose the file, and choose Next.

  4. On the Specify Details page, do the following:

    1. For Stack Name, type MyFilterPolicyStack.

    2. For myHttpEndpoint, type the HTTP endpoint to be subscribed to your topic.


      If you don't have an HTTP endpoint, create one.

  5. On the Options page, choose Next.

  6. On the Review page, choose Create.