Returns all stack related events for a specified stack in reverse chronological order. For more information about a stack's event history, go to Stacks in the CloudFormation User Guide.


You can list events for stacks that have failed to create or have been deleted by specifying the unique stack identifier (stack ID).

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = client.describe_stack_events(
  • StackName (string) --

    The name or the unique stack ID that's associated with the stack, which aren't always interchangeable:

    • Running stacks: You can specify either the stack's name or its unique stack ID.
    • Deleted stacks: You must specify the unique stack ID.

    Default: There is no default value.

  • NextToken (string) -- A string that identifies the next page of events that you want to retrieve.
Return type



Response Syntax

    'StackEvents': [
            'StackId': 'string',
            'EventId': 'string',
            'StackName': 'string',
            'LogicalResourceId': 'string',
            'PhysicalResourceId': 'string',
            'ResourceType': 'string',
            'Timestamp': datetime(2015, 1, 1),
            'ResourceStatusReason': 'string',
            'ResourceProperties': 'string',
            'ClientRequestToken': 'string',
            'HookType': 'string',
            'HookStatusReason': 'string',
            'HookInvocationPoint': 'PRE_PROVISION',
            'HookFailureMode': 'FAIL'|'WARN'
    'NextToken': 'string'

Response Structure

  • (dict) --

    The output for a DescribeStackEvents action.

    • StackEvents (list) --

      A list of StackEvents structures.

      • (dict) --

        The StackEvent data type.

        • StackId (string) --

          The unique ID name of the instance of the stack.

        • EventId (string) --

          The unique ID of this event.

        • StackName (string) --

          The name associated with a stack.

        • LogicalResourceId (string) --

          The logical name of the resource specified in the template.

        • PhysicalResourceId (string) --

          The name or unique identifier associated with the physical instance of the resource.

        • ResourceType (string) --

          Type of resource. (For more information, go to Amazon Web Services Resource Types Reference in the CloudFormation User Guide.)

        • Timestamp (datetime) --

          Time the status was updated.

        • ResourceStatus (string) --

          Current status of the resource.

        • ResourceStatusReason (string) --

          Success/failure message associated with the resource.

        • ResourceProperties (string) --

          BLOB of the properties used to create the resource.

        • ClientRequestToken (string) --

          The token passed to the operation that generated this event.

          All events triggered by a given stack operation are assigned the same client request token, which you can use to track operations. For example, if you execute a CreateStack operation with the token token1 , then all the StackEvents generated by that operation will have ClientRequestToken set as token1 .

          In the console, stack operations display the client request token on the Events tab. Stack operations that are initiated from the console use the token format Console-StackOperation-ID , which helps you easily identify the stack operation . For example, if you create a stack using the console, each stack event would be assigned the same token in the following format: Console-CreateStack-7f59c3cf-00d2-40c7-b2ff-e75db0987002 .

        • HookType (string) --

          The name of the hook.

        • HookStatus (string) --

          Provides the status of the change set hook.

        • HookStatusReason (string) --

          Provides the reason for the hook status.

        • HookInvocationPoint (string) --

          Invocation points are points in provisioning logic where hooks are initiated.

        • HookFailureMode (string) --

          Specify the hook failure mode for non-compliant resources in the followings ways.

          • FAIL Stops provisioning resources.
          • WARN Allows provisioning to continue with a warning message.
    • NextToken (string) --

      If the output exceeds 1 MB in size, a string that identifies the next page of events. If no additional page exists, this value is null.