ec2_snapshot_facts - Gather facts about ec2 volume snapshots in AWS

New in version 2.1.


  • Gather facts about ec2 volume snapshots in AWS


parameter required default choices comments
AWS access key. If not set then the value of the AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID, AWS_ACCESS_KEY or EC2_ACCESS_KEY environment variable is used.

aliases: ec2_access_key, access_key
AWS secret key. If not set then the value of the AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY, AWS_SECRET_KEY, or EC2_SECRET_KEY environment variable is used.

aliases: ec2_secret_key, secret_key
Url to use to connect to EC2 or your Eucalyptus cloud (by default the module will use EC2 endpoints). Ignored for modules where region is required. Must be specified for all other modules if region is not used. If not set then the value of the EC2_URL environment variable, if any, is used.
A dict of filters to apply. Each dict item consists of a filter key and a filter value. See for possible filters. Filter names and values are case sensitive.
If you specify one or more snapshot owners, only snapshots from the specified owners and for which you have access are returned.
(added in 1.6)
Uses a boto profile. Only works with boto >= 2.24.0.
The AWS region to use. If not specified then the value of the AWS_REGION or EC2_REGION environment variable, if any, is used. See

aliases: aws_region, ec2_region
If you specify a list of restorable users, only snapshots with create snapshot permissions for those users are returned.
(added in 1.6)
AWS STS security token. If not set then the value of the AWS_SECURITY_TOKEN or EC2_SECURITY_TOKEN environment variable is used.

aliases: access_token
If you specify one or more snapshot IDs, only snapshots that have the specified IDs are returned.
(added in 1.5)
no yes
  • yes
  • no
When set to "no", SSL certificates will not be validated for boto versions >= 2.6.0.


# Note: These examples do not set authentication details, see the AWS Guide for details.

# Gather facts about all snapshots, including public ones
- ec2_snapshot_facts:

# Gather facts about all snapshots owned by the account 0123456789
- ec2_snapshot_facts:
      owner-id: 0123456789

# Or alternatively...
- ec2_snapshot_facts:
      - 0123456789

# Gather facts about a particular snapshot using ID
- ec2_snapshot_facts:
      snapshot-id: snap-00112233

# Or alternatively...
- ec2_snapshot_facts:
      - snap-00112233

# Gather facts about any snapshot with a tag key Name and value Example
- ec2_snapshot_facts:
      "tag:Name": Example

# Gather facts about any snapshot with an error status
- ec2_snapshot_facts:
      status: error

Return Values

Common return values are documented here Return Values, the following are the fields unique to this module:

name description returned type sample
state_message Encrypted Amazon EBS snapshots are copied asynchronously. If a snapshot copy operation fails (for example, if the proper AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) permissions are not obtained) this field displays error state details to help you diagnose why the error occurred. always string None
description The description for the snapshot. always string My important backup
volume_id The ID of the volume that was used to create the snapshot. always string vol-01234567
owner_alias The AWS account alias (for example, amazon, self) or AWS account ID that owns the snapshot. always string 033440102211
encrypted Indicates whether the snapshot is encrypted. always boolean True
start_time The time stamp when the snapshot was initiated. always string 2015-02-12T02:14:02+00:00
kms_key_id The full ARN of the AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) customer master key (CMK) that was used to protect the volume encryption key for the parent volume. always string 74c9742a-a1b2-45cb-b3fe-abcdef123456
data_encryption_key_id The data encryption key identifier for the snapshot. This value is a unique identifier that corresponds to the data encryption key that was used to encrypt the original volume or snapshot copy. always string arn:aws:kms:ap-southeast-2:012345678900:key/74c9742a-a1b2-45cb-b3fe-abcdef123456
volume_size The size of the volume, in GiB. always int 8
state The snapshot state (completed, pending or error). always string completed
snapshot_id The ID of the snapshot. Each snapshot receives a unique identifier when it is created. always string snap-01234567
progress The progress of the snapshot, as a percentage. always string 100%
tags Any tags assigned to the snapshot. always dict { 'my_tag_key': 'my_tag_value' }
owner_id The AWS account ID of the EBS snapshot owner. always string 099720109477



  • By default, the module will return all snapshots, including public ones. To limit results to snapshots owned by the account use the filter ‘owner-id’.
  • If parameters are not set within the module, the following environment variables can be used in decreasing order of precedence AWS_URL or EC2_URL, AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID or AWS_ACCESS_KEY or EC2_ACCESS_KEY, AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY or AWS_SECRET_KEY or EC2_SECRET_KEY, AWS_SECURITY_TOKEN or EC2_SECURITY_TOKEN, AWS_REGION or EC2_REGION
  • Ansible uses the boto configuration file (typically ~/.boto) if no credentials are provided. See
  • AWS_REGION or EC2_REGION can be typically be used to specify the AWS region, when required, but this can also be configured in the boto config file


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