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How to view resource tags in AWS Backup using list-tags

20 November,2023 by Rambler

Question : Is it possible to view the Tags of a Resource , such as RDS , DynamoDB or Aurora when the resource is backed up through AWS Backup and is residing in the Backup Vault ? 

If it's possible how do we view the  tags using AWS CLI?

Answer:  It is possible to view the Resource Tags once the resource is in the Vault.   The backup api  has a list-tags function that accepts the RecoveryPointArn to interrogate the resource 

Step 1 : Get the RecoveryPointArn , for example this CLI command will return all the RecoveryPointArns in a specific Vault. 

aws backup list-recovery-points-by-backup-vault --backup-vault-name MyBackupVault --query "RecoveryPoints[*].[RecoveryPointArn,ResourceType]"

Step 2: Use the RecoveryPointArn and then feed into this command 

aws backup list-tags --resource-arn arn:aws:backup:xxxxx-b:000000000:recovery-point:jljlkjlkjkjlkjlkjlkjlkjlkjlkj

"Tags": {
"MyTag1 ": "myValue1 "


Read the AWS CLi documentation for more details 



AWS CLI Cheatsheet - RDS, AWS Backup , DMS, IAM, Security Token Service,KMS,EC2, DynamoDB,VPC,Aurora, Aurora Global,RESOURCEGROUPSTAGGINGAPI,DocumentDB


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