DescribeCertificate - Amazon IoT
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Gets information about the specified certificate.

Requires permission to access the DescribeCertificate action.

Request Syntax

GET /certificates/certificateId HTTP/1.1

URI Request Parameters

The request uses the following URI parameters.


The ID of the certificate. (The last part of the certificate ARN contains the certificate ID.)

Length Constraints: Fixed length of 64.

Pattern: (0x)?[a-fA-F0-9]+

Required: Yes

Request Body

The request does not have a request body.

Response Syntax

HTTP/1.1 200 Content-type: application/json { "certificateDescription": { "caCertificateId": "string", "certificateArn": "string", "certificateId": "string", "certificateMode": "string", "certificatePem": "string", "creationDate": number, "customerVersion": number, "generationId": "string", "lastModifiedDate": number, "ownedBy": "string", "previousOwnedBy": "string", "status": "string", "transferData": { "acceptDate": number, "rejectDate": number, "rejectReason": "string", "transferDate": number, "transferMessage": "string" }, "validity": { "notAfter": number, "notBefore": number } } }

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.


The description of the certificate.

Type: CertificateDescription object



An unexpected error has occurred.

HTTP Status Code: 500


The request is not valid.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The specified resource does not exist.

HTTP Status Code: 404


The service is temporarily unavailable.

HTTP Status Code: 503


The rate exceeds the limit.

HTTP Status Code: 400


You are not authorized to perform this operation.

HTTP Status Code: 401

See Also

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