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[ aws . kinesis ]



Provides a summarized description of the specified Kinesis data stream without the shard list.


When invoking this API, you must use either the StreamARN or the StreamName parameter, or both. It is recommended that you use the StreamARN input parameter when you invoke this API.

The information returned includes the stream name, Amazon Resource Name (ARN), status, record retention period, approximate creation time, monitoring, encryption details, and open shard count.

DescribeStreamSummary has a limit of 20 transactions per second per account.

See also: AWS API Documentation


[--stream-name <value>]
[--stream-arn <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>]


--stream-name (string)

The name of the stream to describe.

--stream-arn (string)

The ARN of the stream.

--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 describe a data stream summary

The following describe-stream-summary example provides a summarized description (without the shard list) of the specified data stream.

aws kinesis describe-stream-summary \
    --stream-name samplestream


    "StreamDescriptionSummary": {
        "StreamName": "samplestream",
        "StreamARN": "arn:aws:kinesis:us-west-2:123456789012:stream/samplestream",
        "StreamStatus": "ACTIVE",
        "RetentionPeriodHours": 48,
        "StreamCreationTimestamp": 1572297168.0,
        "EnhancedMonitoring": [
                "ShardLevelMetrics": []
        "EncryptionType": "NONE",
        "OpenShardCount": 3,
        "ConsumerCount": 0

For more information, see Creating and Managing Streams in the Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Developer Guide.


StreamDescriptionSummary -> (structure)

A StreamDescriptionSummary containing information about the stream.

StreamName -> (string)

The name of the stream being described.

StreamARN -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the stream being described.

StreamStatus -> (string)

The current status of the stream being described. The stream status is one of the following states:

  • CREATING - The stream is being created. Kinesis Data Streams immediately returns and sets StreamStatus to CREATING .
  • DELETING - The stream is being deleted. The specified stream is in the DELETING state until Kinesis Data Streams completes the deletion.
  • ACTIVE - The stream exists and is ready for read and write operations or deletion. You should perform read and write operations only on an ACTIVE stream.
  • UPDATING - Shards in the stream are being merged or split. Read and write operations continue to work while the stream is in the UPDATING state.

StreamModeDetails -> (structure)

Specifies the capacity mode to which you want to set your data stream. Currently, in Kinesis Data Streams, you can choose between an on-demand ycapacity mode and a provisioned capacity mode for your data streams.

StreamMode -> (string)

Specifies the capacity mode to which you want to set your data stream. Currently, in Kinesis Data Streams, you can choose between an on-demand capacity mode and a provisioned capacity mode for your data streams.

RetentionPeriodHours -> (integer)

The current retention period, in hours.

StreamCreationTimestamp -> (timestamp)

The approximate time that the stream was created.

EnhancedMonitoring -> (list)

Represents the current enhanced monitoring settings of the stream.


Represents enhanced metrics types.

ShardLevelMetrics -> (list)

List of shard-level metrics.

The following are the valid shard-level metrics. The value "ALL " enhances every metric.

  • IncomingBytes
  • IncomingRecords
  • OutgoingBytes
  • OutgoingRecords
  • WriteProvisionedThroughputExceeded
  • ReadProvisionedThroughputExceeded
  • IteratorAgeMilliseconds
  • ALL

For more information, see Monitoring the Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Service with Amazon CloudWatch in the Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Developer Guide .


EncryptionType -> (string)

The encryption type used. This value is one of the following:

  • KMS
  • NONE

KeyId -> (string)

The GUID for the customer-managed Amazon Web Services KMS key to use for encryption. This value can be a globally unique identifier, a fully specified ARN to either an alias or a key, or an alias name prefixed by "alias/".You can also use a master key owned by Kinesis Data Streams by specifying the alias aws/kinesis .

  • Key ARN example: arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:123456789012:key/12345678-1234-1234-1234-123456789012
  • Alias ARN example: arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:123456789012:alias/MyAliasName
  • Globally unique key ID example: 12345678-1234-1234-1234-123456789012
  • Alias name example: alias/MyAliasName
  • Master key owned by Kinesis Data Streams: alias/aws/kinesis

OpenShardCount -> (integer)

The number of open shards in the stream.

ConsumerCount -> (integer)

The number of enhanced fan-out consumers registered with the stream.