Searching for Systems Manager parameters - Amazon Systems Manager
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Searching for Systems Manager parameters

When you have a lot of parameters in your account, it can be difficult to find information about a single or several parameters at a time. In this case, you can use filter tools to search for the ones you need information about, according to search criteria you specify. You can use the Amazon Systems Manager console, the Amazon Command Line Interface (Amazon CLI), the Amazon Tools for PowerShell, or the DescribeParameters API to search for parameters.

Search for a parameter (console)

  1. Open the Amazon Systems Manager console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Parameter Store.


    If the Amazon Systems Manager home page opens first, choose the menu icon ( 
    The menu icon
  ) to open the navigation pane, and then choose Parameter Store.

  3. Select in the search box and choose how you want to search. For example, Type or Name.

  4. Provide information for the search type you selected. For example:

    • If you're searching by Type, choose from String, StringList, or SecureString.

    • If you're searching by Name, choose contains, equals, or begins-with, and then enter all or part of a parameter name.


      In the console, the default search type for Name is contains.

  5. Press Enter.

The list of parameters is updated with the results of your search.

Search for a parameter (Amazon CLI)

Use the describe-parameters command to view information about one or more parameters in the Amazon CLI.

The following examples demonstrate various options you can use to view information about the parameters in your Amazon Web Services account. For more information about these options, see describe-parameters in the Amazon Command Line Interface User Guide.

  1. Install and configure the Amazon Command Line Interface (Amazon CLI), if you haven't already.

    For information, see Installing or updating the latest version of the Amazon CLI.

  2. Replace the sample values in the following commands with values reflecting parameters that have been created in your account.

    Linux & macOS
    aws ssm describe-parameters \ --parameter-filters "Key=Name,Values=MyParameterName"
    aws ssm describe-parameters ^ --parameter-filters "Key=Name,Values=MyParameterName"

    For describe-parameters, the default search type for Name is Equals. In your parameter filters, specifying "Key=Name,Values=MyParameterName" is the same as specifying "Key=Name,Option=Equals,Values=MyParameterName".

    aws ssm describe-parameters \ --parameter-filters "Key=Name,Option=Contains,Values=Product"
    aws ssm describe-parameters \ --parameter-filters "Key=Type,Values=String"
    aws ssm describe-parameters \ --parameter-filters "Key=Path,Values=/Production/West"
    aws ssm describe-parameters \ --parameter-filters "Key=Tier,Values=Standard"
    aws ssm describe-parameters \ --parameter-filters "Key=tag:tag-key,Values=tag-value"
    aws ssm describe-parameters \ --parameter-filters "Key=KeyId,Values=key-id"

    In the last example, key-id represents the ID of an Amazon Key Management Service (Amazon KMS) key used to encrypt a SecureString parameter created in your account. Alternatively, you can enter alias/aws/ssm to use the default Amazon KMS key for your account. For more information, see Create a SecureString parameter (Amazon CLI).

    If successful, the command returns output similar to the following.

    { "Parameters": [ { "Name": "/Production/West/Manager", "Type": "String", "LastModifiedDate": 1573438580.703, "LastModifiedUser": "arn:aws:iam::111122223333:user/Mateo.Jackson", "Version": 1, "Tier": "Standard", "Policies": [] }, { "Name": "/Production/West/TeamLead", "Type": "String", "LastModifiedDate": 1572363610.175, "LastModifiedUser": "arn:aws:iam::111122223333:user/Mateo.Jackson", "Version": 1, "Tier": "Standard", "Policies": [] }, { "Name": "/Production/West/HR", "Type": "String", "LastModifiedDate": 1572363680.503, "LastModifiedUser": "arn:aws:iam::111122223333:user/Mateo.Jackson", "Version": 1, "Tier": "Standard", "Policies": [] } ] }