Runbook details reference - AWS Systems Manager

Runbook details reference

This section includes topics that describe each of the Systems Manager runbooks that are owned by AWS, AWS Support, and AWS Config. Each page provides an explanation of the required and optional parameters you can specify when using the runbook. Each page also lists the steps in the runbook and the output of the automation, if any.

This section does not include a separate page for runbooks that require approval such as the AWS-CreateManagedLinuxInstanceWithApproval or AWS-StopEC2InstanceWithApproval runbook. Any runbook name that includes WithApproval, means the runbook includes the aws:approve – Pause an automation for manual approval action. This action temporarily pauses an automation until designated principals either approve or reject the action. After the required number of approvals is reached, the automation resumes.

For information about running automations, see Running a simple automation. For information about running automations on multiple targets, see Running automations that use targets and rate controls.

View runbook content

You can view the content for runbooks in the Systems Manager console.

To view runbook content

  1. Open the AWS Systems Manager console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Documents.


    If the AWS Systems Manager home page opens first, choose the menu icon ( ) to open the navigation pane, and then choose Documents in the navigation pane.

  3. Choose a runbook, and then choose View details.

  4. Choose the Content tab.