DescribeCertificate - Amazon Certificate Manager
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Returns detailed metadata about the specified ACM certificate.

If you have just created a certificate using the RequestCertificate action, there is a delay of several seconds before you can retrieve information about it.

Request Syntax

{ "CertificateArn": "string" }

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


In the following list, the required parameters are described first.


The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the ACM certificate. The ARN must have the following form:


For more information about ARNs, see Amazon Resource Names (ARNs).

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 20. Maximum length of 2048.

Pattern: arn:[\w+=/,.@-]+:acm:[\w+=/,.@-]*:[0-9]+:[\w+=,.@-]+(/[\w+=,.@-]+)*

Required: Yes

Response Syntax

{ "Certificate": { "CertificateArn": "string", "CertificateAuthorityArn": "string", "CreatedAt": number, "DomainName": "string", "DomainValidationOptions": [ { "DomainName": "string", "ResourceRecord": { "Name": "string", "Type": "string", "Value": "string" }, "ValidationDomain": "string", "ValidationEmails": [ "string" ], "ValidationMethod": "string", "ValidationStatus": "string" } ], "ExtendedKeyUsages": [ { "Name": "string", "OID": "string" } ], "FailureReason": "string", "ImportedAt": number, "InUseBy": [ "string" ], "IssuedAt": number, "Issuer": "string", "KeyAlgorithm": "string", "KeyUsages": [ { "Name": "string" } ], "NotAfter": number, "NotBefore": number, "Options": { "CertificateTransparencyLoggingPreference": "string" }, "RenewalEligibility": "string", "RenewalSummary": { "DomainValidationOptions": [ { "DomainName": "string", "ResourceRecord": { "Name": "string", "Type": "string", "Value": "string" }, "ValidationDomain": "string", "ValidationEmails": [ "string" ], "ValidationMethod": "string", "ValidationStatus": "string" } ], "RenewalStatus": "string", "RenewalStatusReason": "string", "UpdatedAt": number }, "RevocationReason": "string", "RevokedAt": number, "Serial": "string", "SignatureAlgorithm": "string", "Status": "string", "Subject": "string", "SubjectAlternativeNames": [ "string" ], "Type": "string" } }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


Metadata about an ACM certificate.

Type: CertificateDetail object


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


The requested Amazon Resource Name (ARN) does not refer to an existing resource.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The specified certificate cannot be found in the caller's account or the caller's account cannot be found.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Describe an ACM Certificate

This example illustrates one usage of DescribeCertificate.

Sample Request

POST / HTTP/1.1 Host: X-Amz-Target: CertificateManager.DescribeCertificate X-Amz-Date: 20151221T203246Z User-Agent: aws-cli/1.9.7 Python/2.7.3 Linux/3.13.0-71-generic botocore/1.3.7 Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 Credential=AKIAI44QH8DHBEXAMPLE/20151221/us-east-1/acm/aws4_request, SignedHeaders=content-type;host;user-agent;x-amz-date;x-amz-target, Signature=76913a7d6013d34afbdc1bbd6c3e77d5edd3fa2d9883a94d946c6eeea5908d9e { "CertificateArn": "arn:aws:acm:us-east-1:111122223333:certificate/12345678-1234-1234-1234-123456789012" }

Sample Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amzn-RequestId: fd1e5a07-a821-11e5-845d-95c070464235 Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Content-Length: 1035 Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 20:32:43 GMT { "Certificate": { "CertificateArn": "arn:aws:acm:us-east-1:111122223333:certificate/12345678-1234-1234-1234-123456789012", "CreatedAt": 1450212224.0, "DomainName": "", "DomainValidationOptions": [ { "DomainName": "", "ValidationDomain": "", "ValidationEmails": [ "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "" ] }, { "DomainName": "", "ValidationDomain": "", "ValidationEmails": [ "", "", "", "", "", "", "", "" ] } ], "InUseBy": [ "arn:aws:cloudfront::111122223333:distribution/E12KXPQHVLSYVC" ], "IssuedAt": 1450212292.0, "Issuer": "Amazon", "KeyAlgorithm": "RSA-2048", "NotAfter": 1484481600.0, "NotBefore": 1450137600.0, "Renewal Elegibility": "ELIGIBLE", "RenewalSummary": { "DomainValidationOptions": [ { "DomainName": "", "ResourceRecord": { "Name": "example", "Type": "CNAME", "Value": "example" }, "ValidationDomain": "", "ValidationEmails": [ "" ], "ValidationMethod": "DNS", "ValidationStatus": "SUCCESS" } ], "RenewalStatus": "SUCCESS", "UpdatedAt": 1450212224.0 }, "Serial": "07:71:71:f4:6b:e7:bf:63:87:e6:ad:3c:b2:0f:d0:5b", "SignatureAlgorithm": "SHA256WITHRSA", "Status": "ISSUED", "Subject": "", "SubjectAlternativeNames": [ "", "" ] } }

See Also

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