AWS Systems Manager
User Guide

Working with Automation Documents

A Systems Manager Automation document defines the actions that Systems Manager performs on your managed instances and AWS resources. Documents use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) or YAML, and they include steps and parameters that you specify. Steps run in sequential order.

Automation documents are Systems Manager documents of type Automation, as opposed to Command and Policy documents. Automation documents currently support schema version 0.3. Command and Policy documents use schema version 1.2 or 2.0.


To view information about the actions or plugins that you can specify in a Systems Manager Automation document, see Systems Manager Automation Actions Reference. To view information about the plugins for all other SSM documents, see SSM Document Plugin Reference.