DescribeVolumes - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
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Describes the specified EBS volumes or all of your EBS volumes.

If you are describing a long list of volumes, we recommend that you paginate the output to make the list more manageable. For more information, see Pagination.

For more information about EBS volumes, see Amazon EBS volumes in the Amazon EBS User Guide.


We strongly recommend using only paginated requests. Unpaginated requests are susceptible to throttling and timeouts.


The order of the elements in the response, including those within nested structures, might vary. Applications should not assume the elements appear in a particular order.

Request Parameters

The following parameters are for this specific action. For more information about required and optional parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Query Parameters.


Checks whether you have the required permissions for the action, without actually making the request, and provides an error response. If you have the required permissions, the error response is DryRunOperation. Otherwise, it is UnauthorizedOperation.

Type: Boolean

Required: No


The filters.

  • attachment.attach-time - The time stamp when the attachment initiated.

  • attachment.delete-on-termination - Whether the volume is deleted on instance termination.

  • attachment.device - The device name specified in the block device mapping (for example, /dev/sda1).

  • attachment.instance-id - The ID of the instance the volume is attached to.

  • attachment.status - The attachment state (attaching | attached | detaching).

  • availability-zone - The Availability Zone in which the volume was created.

  • create-time - The time stamp when the volume was created.

  • encrypted - Indicates whether the volume is encrypted (true | false)

  • multi-attach-enabled - Indicates whether the volume is enabled for Multi-Attach (true | false)

  • fast-restored - Indicates whether the volume was created from a snapshot that is enabled for fast snapshot restore (true | false).

  • size - The size of the volume, in GiB.

  • snapshot-id - The snapshot from which the volume was created.

  • status - The state of the volume (creating | available | in-use | deleting | deleted | error).

  • tag:<key> - The key/value combination of a tag assigned to the resource. Use the tag key in the filter name and the tag value as the filter value. For example, to find all resources that have a tag with the key Owner and the value TeamA, specify tag:Owner for the filter name and TeamA for the filter value.

  • tag-key - The key of a tag assigned to the resource. Use this filter to find all resources assigned a tag with a specific key, regardless of the tag value.

  • volume-id - The volume ID.

  • volume-type - The Amazon EBS volume type (gp2 | gp3 | io1 | io2 | st1 | sc1| standard)

Type: Array of Filter objects

Required: No


The maximum number of volumes to return for this request. This value can be between 5 and 500; if you specify a value larger than 500, only 500 items are returned. If this parameter is not used, then all items are returned. You cannot specify this parameter and the volume IDs parameter in the same request. For more information, see Pagination.

Type: Integer

Required: No


The token returned from a previous paginated request. Pagination continues from the end of the items returned from the previous request.

Type: String

Required: No


The volume IDs.

Type: Array of strings

Required: No

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.


The token to include in another request to get the next page of items. This value is null when there are no more items to return.

Type: String


The ID of the request.

Type: String


Information about the volumes.

Type: Array of Volume objects


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common client error codes.



This example describes all volumes associated with your account.

Sample Request &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<DescribeVolumesResponse xmlns=""> <requestId>59dbff89-35bd-4eac-99ed-be587EXAMPLE</requestId> <volumeSet> <item> <volumeId>vol-1234567890abcdef0</volumeId> <size>80</size> <snapshotId/> <availabilityZone>us-east-1a</availabilityZone> <status>in-use</status> <createTime>YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.SSSZ</createTime> <attachmentSet> <item> <volumeId>vol-1234567890abcdef0</volumeId> <instanceId>i-1234567890abcdef0</instanceId> <device>/dev/sdh</device> <status>attached</status> <attachTime>YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.SSSZ</attachTime> <deleteOnTermination>false</deleteOnTermination> </item> </attachmentSet> <volumeType>standard</volumeType> <encrypted>true</encrypted> <multiAttachEnabled>false</multiAttachEnabled> </item> </volumeSet> </DescribeVolumesResponse>

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific Amazon SDKs, see the following: