Amazon Textract
Developer Guide

Monitoring Amazon Textract

With CloudWatch, you can get metrics for individual Amazon Textract operations or global Amazon Textract metrics for your account. You can use metrics to track the health of your Amazon Textract–based solution, and set up alarms to notify you when one or more metrics fall outside a defined threshold. For example, you can see metrics for the number of server errors that have occurred. You can also see metrics for the number of times a specific Amazon Textract operation has succeeded. To see metrics, you can use Amazon CloudWatch, the AWS CLI, or the CloudWatch API.

Using CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon Textract

To use metrics, you must specify the following information:

  • The metric dimension or no dimension. A dimension is a name-value pair that helps you to uniquely identify a metric. Amazon Textract has one dimension, named Operation. It provides metrics for a specific operation. If you don't specify a dimension, the metric is scoped to all Amazon Textract operations within your account.

  • The metric name, such as UserErrorCount.

You can get monitoring data for Amazon Textract by using the AWS Management Console, the AWS CLI, or the CloudWatch API. You can also use the CloudWatch API through one of the Amazon AWS Software Development Kits (SDKs) or the CloudWatch API tools. The console displays a series of graphs based on the raw data from the CloudWatch API. Depending on your needs, you might prefer to use either the graphs displayed in the console or retrieved from the API.

The following list shows some common uses for the metrics. These are suggestions to get you started, not a comprehensive list.

How Do I? Relevant Metrics

How do I know if my application has reached the maximum number of requests per second?

Monitor the Sum statistic of the ThrottledCount metric.

How can I monitor the request errors?

Use the Sum statistic of the UserErrorCount metric.

How can I find the total number of requests?

Use the ResponseTime and Data Samples statistic of the ResponseTime metric. This includes any request that results in an error. If you want to see only successful operation calls, use the SuccessfulRequestCount metric.

How can I monitor the latency of Amazon Textract operation calls?

Use the ResponseTime metric.

You must have the appropriate CloudWatch permissions to monitor Amazon Textract with CloudWatch. For more information, see Authentication and Access Control for Amazon CloudWatch.

Access Amazon Textract Metrics

The following examples show how to access Amazon Textract metrics using the CloudWatch console, the AWS CLI, and the CloudWatch API.

To view metrics (console)

  1. Open the CloudWatch console at

  2. Choose Metrics, choose the All Metrics tab, and then choose Amazon Textract.

  3. Choose By operation, and then choose a metric.

    For example, choose the StartDocumentAnalysis metric to measure how many times asynchronous document analysis has been started.

  4. Choose a value for the date range. The metric count displayed in the graph.

To view metrics for successful StartDocumentAnalysis operation calls that have been made over a period of time (CLI)

  • Open the AWS CLI and enter the following command:

    aws cloudwatch get-metric-statistics \ --metric-name SuccessfulRequestCount \ --start-time 2019-02-01T00:00:00Z \ --period 3600 \ --end-time 2019-03-01T00:00:00Z \ --namespace AWS/Textract \ --dimensions Name=Operation,Value=StartDocumentAnalysis \ --statistics Sum

    This example shows the successful StartDocumentAnalysis operation calls made over a period of time. For more information, see get-metric-statistics.

To access metrics (CloudWatch API)

Create an Alarm

You can create a CloudWatch alarm that sends an Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) message when the alarm changes state. An alarm watches a single metric over a time period that you specify. It performs one or more actions based on the value of the metric relative to a given threshold over a number of time periods. The action is a notification sent to an Amazon SNS topic or an Auto Scaling policy.

Alarms invoke actions for sustained state changes only. CloudWatch alarms don't invoke actions simply because they are in a particular state. The state must have changed and have been maintained for a specified number of time periods.

To set an alarm (console)

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the CloudWatch console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Alarms, and choose Create Alarm. This opens the Create Alarm Wizard.

  3. Choose Select metric.

  4. In the All metrics tab, choose Textract.

  5. Choose By Operation, and then choose a metric.

    For example, choose StartDocumentAnalysis to set an alarm for a maximum number of asynchronous document analysis operations.

  6. Choose the Graphed metrics tab.

  7. For Statistic, choose Sum.

  8. Choose Select metric.

  9. Fill in the Name and Description. For Whenever, choose >=, and enter a maximum value of your choice.

  10. If you want CloudWatch to send you email when the alarm state is reached, for Whenever this alarm:, choose State is ALARM. To send alarms to an existing Amazon SNS topic, for Send notification to:, choose an existing SNS topic. To set the name and email addresses for a new email subscription list, choose New list. CloudWatch saves the list and displays it in the field so you can use it to set future alarms.


    If you use New list to create a new Amazon SNS topic, the email addresses must be verified before the intended recipients receive notifications. Amazon SNS sends email only when the alarm enters an alarm state. If this alarm state change happens before the email addresses are verified, intended recipients don't receive a notification.

  11. Choose Create Alarm.

To set an alarm (AWS CLI)

  • Open the AWS CLI and enter the following command. Change the value of the alarm-actions parameter to reference an Amazon SNS topic that you previously created.

    aws cloudwatch put-metric-alarm \ --alarm-name StartDocumentAnalysisUserErrors \ --alarm-description "Alarm when more than 10 StartDocumentAnalysys user errors occur within 5 minutes" \ --metric-name UserErrorCount \ --namespace AWS/Textract \ --statistic Sum \ --period 300 \ --threshold 10 \ --comparison-operator GreaterThanThreshold \ --evaluation-periods 1 \ --unit Count \ --dimensions Name=Operation,Value=StartDocumentAnalysis \ --alarm-actions arn:aws:sns:us-east-1:111111111111:alarmtopic

    This example shows how to create an alarm for when more than 10 user errors occur within 5 minutes for calls to StartDocumentAnalysis. For more information, see put-metric-alarm.

To set an alarm (CloudWatch API)