Amazon SNS message delivery status - Amazon Simple Notification Service

Amazon SNS message delivery status

Amazon SNS provides support to log the delivery status of notification messages sent to topics with the following Amazon SNS endpoints:

  • HTTP

  • Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose

  • AWS Lambda

  • Platform application endpoint

  • Amazon Simple Queue Service

After you configure the message delivery status attributes, log entries are sent to CloudWatch Logs for messages sent to topic subscribers. Logging message delivery status helps provide better operational insight, such as the following:

  • Knowing whether a message was delivered to the Amazon SNS endpoint.

  • Identifying the response sent from the Amazon SNS endpoint to Amazon SNS.

  • Determining the message dwell time (the time between the publish timestamp and just before handing off to an Amazon SNS endpoint).

To configure topic attributes for message delivery status, you can use the AWS Management Console, AWS software development kits (SDKs), or query API.

Configuring delivery status logging using the AWS Management Console

  1. Sign in to the Amazon SNS console.

  2. On the navigation panel, choose Topics.

  3. On the Topics page, choose a topic and then choose Edit.

  4. On the Edit MyTopic page, expand the Delivery status logging section.

  5. Choose the protocol for which you want to log delivery status; for example AWS Lambda.

  6. Enter the Success sample rate (the percentage of successful messages for which you want to receive CloudWatch Logs.

  7. In the IAM roles section, do one of the following:

    • To choose an existing service role from your account, choose Use existing service role and then specify IAM roles for successful and failed deliveries.

    • To create a new service role in your account, choose Create new service role, choose Create new roles to define the IAM roles for successful and failed deliveries in the IAM console.

      To give Amazon SNS write access to use CloudWatch Logs on your behalf, choose Allow.

  8. Choose Save changes.

    You can now view and parse the CloudWatch Logs containing the message delivery status. For more information about using CloudWatch, see the CloudWatch Documentation.

Configuring message delivery status attributes for topics subscribed to Amazon SNS endpoints using the AWS SDKs

The AWS SDKs provide APIs in several languages for using message delivery status attributes with Amazon SNS.

Topic attributes

You can use the following topic attribute name values for message delivery status:


  • HTTPSuccessFeedbackRoleArn

  • HTTPSuccessFeedbackSampleRate

  • HTTPFailureFeedbackRoleArn

Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose

  • FirehoseSuccessFeedbackRoleArn

  • FirehoseSuccessFeedbackSampleRate

  • FirehoseFailureFeedbackRoleArn

AWS Lambda

  • LambdaSuccessFeedbackRoleArn

  • LambdaSuccessFeedbackSampleRate

  • LambdaFailureFeedbackRoleArn

Platform application endpoint

  • ApplicationSuccessFeedbackRoleArn

  • ApplicationSuccessFeedbackSampleRate

  • ApplicationFailureFeedbackRoleArn


    In addition to being able to configure topic attributes for message delivery status of notification messages sent to Amazon SNS application endpoints, you can also configure application attributes for the delivery status of push notification messages sent to push notification services. For more information, see Using Amazon SNS Application Attributes for Message Delivery Status.

Amazon SQS

  • SQSSuccessFeedbackRoleArn

  • SQSSuccessFeedbackSampleRate

  • SQSFailureFeedbackRoleArn

The <ENDPOINT>SuccessFeedbackRoleArn and <ENDPOINT>FailureFeedbackRoleArn attributes are used to give Amazon SNS write access to use CloudWatch Logs on your behalf. The <ENDPOINT>SuccessFeedbackSampleRate attribute is for specifying the sample rate percentage (0-100) of successfully delivered messages. After you configure the <ENDPOINT>FailureFeedbackRoleArn attribute, then all failed message deliveries generate CloudWatch Logs.

AWS SDK examples to configure topic attributes

The following code examples show how to set Amazon SNS topic attributes.

SDK for Java 2.x

public static void setTopAttr(SnsClient snsClient, String attribute, String topicArn, String value) { try { SetTopicAttributesRequest request = SetTopicAttributesRequest.builder() .attributeName(attribute) .attributeValue(value) .topicArn(topicArn) .build(); SetTopicAttributesResponse result = snsClient.setTopicAttributes(request); System.out.println("\n\nStatus was " + result.sdkHttpResponse().statusCode() + "\n\nTopic " + request.topicArn() + " updated " + request.attributeName() + " to " + request.attributeValue()); } catch (SnsException e) { System.err.println(e.awsErrorDetails().errorMessage()); System.exit(1); } }
  • Find instructions and more code on GitHub.

  • For API details, see SetTopicAttributes in AWS SDK for Java 2.x API Reference.

SDK for JavaScript V3

Create the client in a separate module and export it.

import { SNSClient } from "@aws-sdk/client-sns"; // Set the AWS Region. const REGION = "REGION"; //e.g. "us-east-1" // Create SNS service object. const snsClient = new SNSClient({ region: REGION }); export { snsClient };

Import the SDK and client modules and call the API.

// Import required AWS SDK clients and commands for Node.js import {SetTopicAttributesCommand } from "@aws-sdk/client-sns"; import {snsClient } from "./libs/snsClient.js"; // Set the parameters const params = { AttributeName: "ATTRIBUTE_NAME", // ATTRIBUTE_NAME TopicArn: "TOPIC_ARN", // TOPIC_ARN AttributeValue: "NEW_ATTRIBUTE_VALUE", //NEW_ATTRIBUTE_VALUE }; const run = async () => { try { const data = await snsClient.send(new SetTopicAttributesCommand(params)); console.log("Success.", data); return data; // For unit tests. } catch (err) { console.log("Error", err.stack); } }; run();
SDK for Kotlin

This is prerelease documentation for a feature in preview release. It is subject to change.

suspend fun setTopAttr(attribute: String?, topicArnVal: String?, value: String?) { val request = SetTopicAttributesRequest { attributeName = attribute attributeValue = value topicArn = topicArnVal } SnsClient { region = "us-east-1" }.use { snsClient -> snsClient.setTopicAttributes(request) println("Topic ${request.topicArn} was updated.") } }
  • Find instructions and more code on GitHub.

  • For API details, see SetTopicAttributes in AWS SDK for Kotlin API reference.


require 'vendor/autoload.php'; use Aws\Sns\SnsClient; use Aws\Exception\AwsException; /** * Configure the message delivery status attributes for an Amazon SNS Topic. * * This code expects that you have AWS credentials set up per: * */ $SnSclient = new SnsClient([ 'profile' => 'default', 'region' => 'us-east-1', 'version' => '2010-03-31' ]); $attribute = 'Policy | DisplayName | DeliveryPolicy'; $value = 'First Topic'; $topic = 'arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:111122223333:MyTopic'; try { $result = $SnSclient->setTopicAttributes([ 'AttributeName' => $attribute, 'AttributeValue' => $value, 'TopicArn' => $topic, ]); var_dump($result); } catch (AwsException $e) { // output error message if fails error_log($e->getMessage()); }
SDK for Ruby

require 'aws-sdk-sns' # v2: require 'aws-sdk' policy = '{ "Version":"2008-10-17", "Id":"__default_policy_ID", "Statement":[{ "Sid":"__default_statement_ID", "Effect":"Allow", "Principal":{ "AWS":"*" }, "Action":["SNS:Publish"], "Resource":"' + MY_TOPIC_ARN + '", "Condition":{ "ArnEquals":{ "AWS:SourceArn":"' + MY_RESOURCE_ARN + '"} } }] }' # Replace us-west-2 with the AWS Region you're using for Amazon SNS. sns = 'REGION') # Get topic by ARN topic = sns.topic() # Add policy to topic topic.set_attributes({ attribute_name: "POLICY_NAME", attribute_value: policy })