AWS CLI Cheat Sheet

Quick reference for commonly used commands

AWS CLI Reference Documentation


# Cli command structure
aws <service> <action> --region <region> --profile <profileName>

# Configure aws cli
aws configure
aws configure --profile <nameOfProfile>
aws configure set aws_session_token <sessionToken> --profile <nameOfProfile>

# Whoami
aws sts get-caller-identity

IAM Commands


# list iam users
aws iam list-users

# list iam roles
aws iam list-roles

# list iam groups
aws iam list-groups

# list all iam access keys for a user
aws iam list-access-keys --user-name <iamUserName> --profile <awsProfile>

# create iam access keys
aws iam create-access-key --user-name <iamUserName> --profile <awsProfile>

# assume an iam role
aws sts assume-role --role-arn <arnIamRole> --role-session-name <whatever> --profile <awsProfile>


User Enumeration

# list iam Inline policies attached to user
aws iam list-user-policies --user-name <user>

# list iam Managed policies attached to user
aws iam list-attached-user-policies --user-name <user>

Role Enumeration

# list iam trust policy attached to role
aws iam get-role --role-name <roleName> --query 'Role.AssumeRolePolicyDocument'

# list Inline policies attached to role
aws iam list-role-policies --role-name <roleName>

# list Managed policies attached to role
aws iam list-attached-role-policies --role-name <roleName>

Policy Enumeration

# view Managed policy info
aws iam get-policy --policy-arn <policyARN>

# view Managed policy version and actions
aws iam get-policy-version --policy-arn <policyARN> --version-id <policyVersionId>

# view Inline policy 
aws iam get-user-policy --user-name <user> --policy-name <policy-name>

# view available versions of a policy
aws iam list-policy-versions --policy-arn <policyArn>

# view the policy for a particular version
aws iam get-policy-version --policy-arn <policyArn> --version-id <versionId>

# attach a specific version of a policy
aws iam set-default-policy-version --policy-arn <policyArn> --version-id <versionId>

Identity Center Commands

# list Identity Center instance, returns ARN
aws sso-admin list-instances --region <region>

# view permission sets
aws sso-admin list-permission-sets --instance-arn <instanceARN> --region <region>

# view permission set details
aws sso-admin describe-permission-set --instance-arn <instanceARN> --permission-set-arn <permissionSetARN>

# view Inline policy for permission set
aws sso-admin get-inline-policy-for-permission-set --instance-arn <instanceARN> --permission-set-arn <permissionSetARN>


# list bucket contents
aws s3 ls s3://<bucketName> --recursive --no-sign-request

# copy files
aws s3 cp s3://<bucketName> /local/path/download --recursive --no-sign-request
aws s3 cp s3://<bucketName>/object /local/path/download --no-sign-request

# get bucket versioning
aws s3api list-object-versions --bucket <bucketName>

# get particular version of an object
aws s3api get-object --bucket <bucketName> --key "object/object" --version-id <versionID> <objectName>


  • Multiple ways to run commands, see Docs

# remote code execution
aws ssm send-command \
    --document-name "AWS-RunShellScript" \
    --parameters 'commands=["echo HelloWorld"]' \
    --targets "Key=instanceids,Values=i-1234567890abcdef0,<instanceId2>,<instanceId3>" \
    --comment "echo HelloWorld"
# view command log, useful if command failed
aws ssm list-command-invocations \
    --instance-id "<instanceId>"
    --command-id "<commandId>"
# base64 encode commands
aws ssm send-command \
    --instance-id "<instanceId>"
    --document-name "<name>"
    --comment "<comment>"
    --parameters '{"commands":["echo <base64EncodedCommand> | base64 -d | bash"]}'

Secrets Manager

# list stored secrets
aws secretsmanager list-secrets

# read a secret
aws secretsmanager get-secret-value --secret-id <name>

# read a secret (version, when available)
aws secretsmanager get-secret-value --secret-id <name> --version-id <versionId>


# list tables
aws dynamodb list-tables

# read tables
aws dynamodb scan --table-name <name>

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