DescribeSnapshots - Amazon Directory Service
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Obtains information about the directory snapshots that belong to this account.

This operation supports pagination with the use of the NextToken request and response parameters. If more results are available, the DescribeSnapshots.NextToken member contains a token that you pass in the next call to DescribeSnapshots to retrieve the next set of items.

You can also specify a maximum number of return results with the Limit parameter.

Request Syntax

{ "DirectoryId": "string", "Limit": number, "NextToken": "string", "SnapshotIds": [ "string" ] }

Request Parameters

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


The identifier of the directory for which to retrieve snapshot information.

Type: String

Pattern: ^d-[0-9a-f]{10}$

Required: No


The maximum number of objects to return.

Type: Integer

Valid Range: Minimum value of 0.

Required: No


The DescribeSnapshotsResult.NextToken value from a previous call to DescribeSnapshots. Pass null if this is the first call.

Type: String

Required: No


A list of identifiers of the snapshots to obtain the information for. If this member is null or empty, all snapshots are returned using the Limit and NextToken members.

Type: Array of strings

Pattern: ^s-[0-9a-f]{10}$

Required: No

Response Syntax

{ "NextToken": "string", "Snapshots": [ { "DirectoryId": "string", "Name": "string", "SnapshotId": "string", "StartTime": number, "Status": "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.


If not null, more results are available. Pass this value in the NextToken member of a subsequent call to DescribeSnapshots.

Type: String


The list of Snapshot objects that were retrieved.

It is possible that this list contains less than the number of items specified in the Limit member of the request. This occurs if there are less than the requested number of items left to retrieve, or if the limitations of the operation have been exceeded.

Type: Array of Snapshot objects


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


A client exception has occurred.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The specified entity could not be found.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The NextToken value is not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400


One or more parameters are not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400


An exception has occurred in Amazon Directory Service.

HTTP Status Code: 500


The following examples are formatted for legibility.

Example Request

This example illustrates one usage of DescribeSnapshots.

POST / HTTP/1.1 Host: Accept-Encoding: identity Content-Length: 76 X-Amz-Target: DirectoryService_20150416.DescribeSnapshots X-Amz-Date: 20161214T164618Z User-Agent: aws-cli/1.11.24 Python/2.7.9 Windows/7 botocore/1.4.81 Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 Credential=AKIAI7E3BYXS3example/20161214/us-west-2/ds/aws4_request, SignedHeaders=content-type;host;x-amz-date;x-amz-target, Signature=602552c456c471537cbafaec3b7712674bdc20574c076dace469f3848fa8ab7a { "DirectoryId": "d-926example", "Limit": 0, "SnapshotIds": ["s-9267f6da4e"] }

Example Response

This example illustrates one usage of DescribeSnapshots.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amzn-RequestId: d7b33e7e-c21c-11e6-91f4-6dbff6648f8a Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Content-Length: 138 Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 16:46:21 GMT { "Snapshots":[ { "DirectoryId":"d-926example", "SnapshotId":"s-9267f6da4e", "StartTime":1.481289211615E9, "Status":"Completed", "Type":"Auto" } ] }

See Also

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