eclat-lssnap, eclat-describe-snapshots − describes available Amazon EBS snapshots


eclat lssnap [−r ID] [−u ID] [−−restorable−by ID] [−−owner NAME] [SNAPSHOT−ID...] [FILTER...]

eclat lssnap −−help


This command lists the Amazon EBS snapshots available to you. These include public snapshots available to any AWS account, your private snapshots and private snapshots owned by others for which you are granted permissions.

The list of returned snapshots can be abridged using command line options, filters and arguments.

Filters are any arguments that have the key=value structure. When filters are supplied, only those snapshots that match them are returned. Multiple filters are joined using logical AND. Multiple values separated by commas can be specified for a given key, in which case a logical OR is implied. See the section FILTERS below for a detailed description of available filters.

Any command line argument that is not an option or filter is treated as snapshot ID (or snapshot name, if ID mapping is enabled) to return. Any number of IDs can be specified. If ID mapping is enabled (see the section MAPS in eclat(1)), this command uses the SnapshotId map to translate snapshot names to the corresponding identifiers.

Snapshot IDs, filters and options can be used in conjunction.


−u, −−owner ID

Returns the snapshots owned by the specified owner. The argument is the ID of the owner, or one of the following reserved words:


Returns the snapshots you own.


Returns the public AWS snapshots.

−r, −−restorable−by D

Returns snapshots from which the specified account ID can create volumes.



A description of the snapshot.


The alias of the AWS account that owns the snapshot.


The ID of the AWS account that owns the snapshot.


The progress of the snapshot, in percent. Note that you must specify the percent sign.


The ID of the snapshot


The time stamp when the snapshot was initiated, in the ISO 8601 format, i.e. YYYYMMDDThh:mm:ssZ.

status=pending | completed | error

The snapshot status.


The key of a tag assigned to the resource, regardless of its value. Note, that this filter works independently of the tag−value filter, i.e. tag−key=foo tag−value=bar will return all snapshots that have the tag foo defined and all snapshots that have bar as a value of any of their tags. To request a snapshot that has the tag foo set to the value bar see the tag:KEY filter below.


The value of a tag assigned to the resource, regardless of the tag’s key. See the comment above.


Selects the snapshots having the specified tag KEY set to the value VAL. For example:

tag:Name="root snapshot"


The ID of the volume the snapshot is for.


The size of the volume, as a decimal number, in GiB.


Each line of output describes a single snapshots. The following information is included, separated by horizontal tab characters: the snapshot ID, the corresponding volume ID and size in GiB, the status of the snapshot (completed, pending or error), progress percentage, the start time, and the snapshot description, if not empty.

If the snapshot has associated tags, these are listed below that line, each tag on a separate line, prefixed by a single TAB character.

For example (long lines split for readability):

snap−78a54011 vol−4d826724 10 pending   80%  2012−05−07T12:51:50.000Z           "Daily Backup"
snap−12345678 vol−4d826724 10 completed 100% 2012−04−07T00:00:00.000Z
        comment="Taken before switching to new kernel"


eclat(1), eclat−rmsnap(1), eclat−mksnap(1).


Sergey Poznyakoff


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