How do I list all of my Amazon EBS snapshots with or without a specified key tag using the AWS CLI?

Last updated: 2020-11-18

I want to use the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) to list all of my Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) snapshots. What commands should I use to list all snapshots, with or without a specified tag key?

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List all EBS snapshots in a particular region

The following example command lists all EBS snapshots using the describe-snapshots operation in the Region us-east-1:

aws ec2 describe-snapshots --owner-ids self  --query 'Snapshots[]' --region=us-east-1

The following is example output for the describe-snapshots command:

Created for policy: policy-08843cf0d7f6189ae schedule: Default Schedule    False    111122223333    100%    snap-091e33a177cb2e49b    2020-09-10T19:27:07.882Z    completed    vol-03b223394ea08e690    8
TAGS    instance-id    i-0919c4d810b9c3695
TAGS    dlm:managed    true
TAGS    timestamp    2020-09-10T19:27:07.548Z
TAGS    aws:dlm:lifecycle-policy-id    policy-08843cf0d7f6189ae
TAGS    aws:dlm:lifecycle-schedule-name    Default Schedule

test one hellop    False    111122223333    100%    snap-02faf8ffc48e512f4    2020-09-10T19:17:34.974Z    completed    vol-03b223394ea08e690    8 
TAGS    ec2-console    false

Created for policy: policy-08843cf0d7f6189ae schedule: Default Schedule    False    111122223333    100%    snap-007e74c24d8f3aaf1    2020-09-10T17:28:31.993Z    completed    vol-03b223394ea08e690    8
TAGS    instance-id    i-0919c4d810b9c3695
TAGS    dlm:managed    true
TAGS    aws:dlm:lifecycle-schedule-name    Default Schedule
TAGS    timestamp    2020-09-10T17:28:31.650Z
TAGS    aws:dlm:lifecycle-policy-id    policy-08843cf0d7f6189ae

test one     False    111122223333    100%    snap-00f20d2d2c17bbea0    2020-09-08T07:47:47.660Z    completed    vol-062b2c633c981f99e    8 
TAGS    ec2-console    true

Filter the list of EBS snapshots for a specified tag key

The following command lists EBS snapshots using the describe-snapshots operation with a specified tag key:

aws ec2 describe-snapshots  --owner-ids self  --query 'Snapshots[?(Tags[?Key == `name`].Value)]'

The following command lists all snapshots with the tag key ec2-console:

$ aws ec2 describe-snapshots --owner-ids self --query 'Snapshots[?(Tags[?Key == `ec2-console`].Value)]'

The following is an example output for the preceding command:

test one hellop    False    111122223333    100%    snap-02faf8ffc48e512f4    2020-09-10T19:17:34.974Z    completed    vol-03b223394ea08e690    8 
TAGS    ec2-console    false

test one     False    111122223333    100%    snap-00f20d2d2c17bbea0    2020-09-08T07:47:47.660Z    completed    vol-062b2c633c981f99e    8 
TAGS    ec2-console    true

Filter the list of EBS snapshots for snapshots that don't have a specified tag key

The following command lists EBS snapshots that don't have a specified tag key:

aws ec2 describe-snapshots --owner-ids self --query 'Snapshots[?!not_null(Tags[?Key == `name`].Value)]'

The following example command filters the list of EBS snapshots for all snapshots that don't have the tag key ec2-console:

$ aws ec2 describe-snapshots --owner-ids self --query 'Snapshots[?!not_null(Tags[?Key == `ec2-console`].Value)]'

The following is an example output for the preceding command:

Created for policy: policy-08843cf0d7f6189ae schedule: Default Schedule    False    111122223333    100%    snap-091e33a177cb2e49b    2020-09-10T19:27:07.882Z    completed    vol-03b223394ea08e690    8
TAGS    instance-id    i-0919c4d810b9c3695
TAGS    dlm:managed    true
TAGS    timestamp    2020-09-10T19:27:07.548Z
TAGS    aws:dlm:lifecycle-policy-id    policy-08843cf0d7f6189ae
TAGS    aws:dlm:lifecycle-schedule-name    Default Schedule

Created for policy: policy-08843cf0d7f6189ae schedule: Default Schedule    False    111122223333    100%    snap-007e74c24d8f3aaf1    2020-09-10T17:28:31.993Z    completed    vol-03b223394ea08e690    8
TAGS    instance-id    i-0919c4d810b9c3695
TAGS    dlm:managed    true
TAGS    aws:dlm:lifecycle-schedule-name    Default Schedule
TAGS    timestamp    2020-09-10T17:28:31.650Z
TAGS    aws:dlm:lifecycle-policy-id    policy-08843cf0d7f6189ae

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