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[ aws . guardduty ]



Creates a single Amazon GuardDuty detector. A detector is a resource that represents the GuardDuty service. To start using GuardDuty, you must create a detector in each Region where you enable the service. You can have only one detector per account per Region. All data sources are enabled in a new detector by default.

See also: AWS API Documentation


--enable | --no-enable
[--client-token <value>]
[--finding-publishing-frequency <value>]
[--data-sources <value>]
[--tags <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--endpoint-url <value>]
[--output <value>]
[--query <value>]
[--profile <value>]
[--region <value>]
[--version <value>]
[--color <value>]
[--ca-bundle <value>]
[--cli-read-timeout <value>]
[--cli-connect-timeout <value>]


--enable | --no-enable (boolean)

A Boolean value that specifies whether the detector is to be enabled.

--client-token (string)

The idempotency token for the create request.

--finding-publishing-frequency (string)

A value that specifies how frequently updated findings are exported.

Possible values:


--data-sources (structure)

Describes which data sources will be enabled for the detector.

S3Logs -> (structure)

Describes whether S3 data event logs are enabled as a data source.

Enable -> (boolean)

The status of S3 data event logs as a data source.

Kubernetes -> (structure)

Describes whether any Kubernetes logs are enabled as data sources.

AuditLogs -> (structure)

The status of Kubernetes audit logs as a data source.

Enable -> (boolean)

The status of Kubernetes audit logs as a data source.

MalwareProtection -> (structure)

Describes whether Malware Protection is enabled as a data source.

ScanEc2InstanceWithFindings -> (structure)

Describes the configuration of Malware Protection for EC2 instances with findings.

EbsVolumes -> (boolean)

Describes the configuration for scanning EBS volumes as data source.

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

  "S3Logs": {
    "Enable": true|false
  "Kubernetes": {
    "AuditLogs": {
      "Enable": true|false
  "MalwareProtection": {
    "ScanEc2InstanceWithFindings": {
      "EbsVolumes": true|false

--tags (map)

The tags to be added to a new detector resource.

key -> (string)

value -> (string)

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

{"string": "string"

--cli-input-json (string) Performs service operation based on the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, the CLI values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command's default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.



To use the following examples, you must have the AWS CLI installed and configured. See the Getting started guide in the AWS CLI User Guide for more information.

Unless otherwise stated, all examples have unix-like quotation rules. These examples will need to be adapted to your terminal's quoting rules. See Using quotation marks with strings in the AWS CLI User Guide .

To enable GuardDuty in the current region

This example shows how to create a new detector, which enables GuardDuty, in the current region.:

aws guardduty create-detector \


    "DetectorId": "b6b992d6d2f48e64bc59180bfexample"

For more information, see Enable Amazon GuardDuty in the GuardDuty User Guide.


DetectorId -> (string)

The unique ID of the created detector.