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AWS CLI Cheat Sheet


The AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) is a unified tool to manage your AWS services. With just one tool to download and configure, you can control multiple AWS services from the command line and automate them through scripts.

Leveraging on AWS CLI, we can build an Infrastructure as a Code in the organization.



List buckets

aws s3 ls

Bucket location

aws s3api get-bucket-location --bucket <bucket-name>

Logging status

aws s3api get-bucket-logging --bucket <bucket-name>


Describe autoscale group details and member instances

aws autoscaling describe-auto-scaling-groups \
 --auto-scaling-group-names <as-group-name>


Template validation

aws cloudformation validate-template \
 --template-body file://myCFN.template.json

aws cloudformation validate-template \

Listing stacks

aws cloudformation list-stacks \
 --stack-status-filter [ CREATE_COMPLETE | UPDATE_COMPLETE | etc.. ]

Viewing stack events and resources

aws cloudformation describe-stack-events --stack-name <stack-name>

aws cloudformation list-stack-resources --stack-name <stack-name>


Creating a subscription

aws cloudtrail create-subscription \
 --name cloudtrail-logs-ue1 \
 --s3-use-bucket cloudtrail-logs \
 --s3-prefix stage \
 --sns-new-topic cloudtrail-stage-notify-ue1

Describing and retrieving status

aws cloudtrail describe-trails

aws cloudtrail get-trail-status --name cloudtrail-logs-ue1



aws ec2 describe-instances --instance-ids <instance-id>

Starting, stopping, rebooting and killing an instance

aws ec2 start-instances --instance-ids <instance-id>

aws ec2 stop-instances --instance-ids <instance-id>

aws ec2 reboot-instances --instance-ids <instance-id>

aws ec2 terminate-instances --instance-ids <instance-id>

Viewing console output

aws ec2 get-console-output --instance-id <instance-id>

Listing images

aws ec2 describe-images --image-ids <ami-id>

Creating an AMI

aws ec2 create-image \
 --instance-id <instance-id> \
 --name myAMI \
 --description 'Test AMI'

Viewing a security group

aws ec2 describe-security-groups --group-names <group-name>

Checking the enhanced networking attribute

aws ec2 describe-instance-attribute \
 --instance-id <instance-id> \
 --attribute sriovNetSupport



aws ec2 describe-vpcs

aws ec2 describe-subnets --filters Name=vpc-id,Values=<vpc-id>

aws ec2 describe-route-tables --filters Name=vpc-id,Values=<vpc-id>

aws ec2 describe-network-acls --filters Name=vpc-id,Values=<vpc-id>

aws ec2 describe-vpc-peering-connections



aws elb describe-load-balancers --load-balancer-names <lb-name>

aws elb describe-load-balancer-attributes --load-balancer-name <lb-name>

aws elb describe-load-balancer-policies \
 --policy-names [ <policy-name> | ELBSecurityPolicy-2014-10 ]

Registering and removing instances

aws elb register-instances-with-load-balancer
 --load-balancer-name <lb-name>
 --instances <instance-id>

aws elb deregister-instances-from-load-balancer
 --load-balancer-name <lb-name>
 --instances <instance-id>

Viewing the health of your ELB instances

aws elb describe-instance-health --load-balancer-name <lb-name>


Uploading a server certificate

aws iam upload-server-certificate
 --certificate-body file://
 --private-key file://
 --certificate-chain file://Verisign_Chain_CA.crt

Listing your certificates

aws iam list-server-certificates

Using the “–query” option

(JMESPath query language for JSON)

Describe all instances in a region, or in a specific VPC

aws ec2 describe-instances \
 --query 'Reservations[*].Instances[*].{Id:InstanceId,Pub:PublicIpAddress,Pri:PrivateIpAddress,State:State.Name}' \
 --output table

aws ec2 describe-instances \
 --filters Name=vpc-id,Values=<vpc-id> \
 --query 'Reservations[*].Instances[*].{Id:InstanceId,Pub:PublicIpAddress,Pri:PrivateIpAddress,State:State.Name}' \
 --output table


|                      DescribeInstances                     |
|     Id     |       Pri       |       Pub        |  State   |
|  i-e44ac30e|   |  |  running |
|  i-68dd7282|   |  |  running |
|  i-60e5f38d|   |  |  running |

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