AWS Systems Manager
User Guide

Sending Commands that Use the Document Version Parameter

You can use the document-version parameter to specify which version of an SSM document to use when the command runs. You can specify one of the following options for this parameter:



  • Version number

If you run commands by using the AWS CLI, then you must escape the first two options by using a backslash. If you specify a version number, then you don't need to use the backslash. For example:

--document-version "\$DEFAULT"

--document-version "\$LATEST"

--document-version "3"

Use the following procedure to run a command by using the AWS CLI that uses the document-version parameter.

To run commands using the AWS CLI

  1. Install and configure the AWS CLI, if you have not already.

    For information, see Install or Upgrade and then Configure the AWS CLI.

  2. List all available documents

    This command lists all of the documents available for your account based on IAM permissions. The command returns a list of Linux and Windows documents.

    aws ssm list-documents
  3. Use the following command to view the different versions of a document.

    aws ssm list-document-versions --name "document name"
  4. Use the following command to run a command that uses an SSM document version.

    aws ssm send-command --document-name "AWS-RunShellScript" --parameters commands="echo Hello",executionTimeout=3600 --instance-ids instance-ID --endpoint-url "" --region "us-east-2" --document-version "\$DEFAULT, \$LATEST, or a version number"