Glue / Client / get_databases



Retrieves all databases defined in a given Data Catalog.

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = client.get_databases(
  • CatalogId (string) – The ID of the Data Catalog from which to retrieve Databases. If none is provided, the Amazon Web Services account ID is used by default.

  • NextToken (string) – A continuation token, if this is a continuation call.

  • MaxResults (integer) – The maximum number of databases to return in one response.

  • ResourceShareType (string) –

    Allows you to specify that you want to list the databases shared with your account. The allowable values are FEDERATED, FOREIGN or ALL.

    • If set to FEDERATED, will list the federated databases (referencing an external entity) shared with your account.

    • If set to FOREIGN, will list the databases shared with your account.

    • If set to ALL, will list the databases shared with your account, as well as the databases in yor local account.

Return type:



Response Syntax

    'DatabaseList': [
            'Name': 'string',
            'Description': 'string',
            'LocationUri': 'string',
            'Parameters': {
                'string': 'string'
            'CreateTime': datetime(2015, 1, 1),
            'CreateTableDefaultPermissions': [
                    'Principal': {
                        'DataLakePrincipalIdentifier': 'string'
                    'Permissions': [
            'TargetDatabase': {
                'CatalogId': 'string',
                'DatabaseName': 'string',
                'Region': 'string'
            'CatalogId': 'string',
            'FederatedDatabase': {
                'Identifier': 'string',
                'ConnectionName': 'string'
    'NextToken': 'string'

Response Structure

  • (dict) –

    • DatabaseList (list) –

      A list of Database objects from the specified catalog.

      • (dict) –

        The Database object represents a logical grouping of tables that might reside in a Hive metastore or an RDBMS.

        • Name (string) –

          The name of the database. For Hive compatibility, this is folded to lowercase when it is stored.

        • Description (string) –

          A description of the database.

        • LocationUri (string) –

          The location of the database (for example, an HDFS path).

        • Parameters (dict) –

          These key-value pairs define parameters and properties of the database.

          • (string) –

            • (string) –

        • CreateTime (datetime) –

          The time at which the metadata database was created in the catalog.

        • CreateTableDefaultPermissions (list) –

          Creates a set of default permissions on the table for principals. Used by Lake Formation. Not used in the normal course of Glue operations.

          • (dict) –

            Permissions granted to a principal.

            • Principal (dict) –

              The principal who is granted permissions.

              • DataLakePrincipalIdentifier (string) –

                An identifier for the Lake Formation principal.

            • Permissions (list) –

              The permissions that are granted to the principal.

              • (string) –

        • TargetDatabase (dict) –

          A DatabaseIdentifier structure that describes a target database for resource linking.

          • CatalogId (string) –

            The ID of the Data Catalog in which the database resides.

          • DatabaseName (string) –

            The name of the catalog database.

          • Region (string) –

            Region of the target database.

        • CatalogId (string) –

          The ID of the Data Catalog in which the database resides.

        • FederatedDatabase (dict) –

          A FederatedDatabase structure that references an entity outside the Glue Data Catalog.

          • Identifier (string) –

            A unique identifier for the federated database.

          • ConnectionName (string) –

            The name of the connection to the external metastore.

    • NextToken (string) –

      A continuation token for paginating the returned list of tokens, returned if the current segment of the list is not the last.


  • Glue.Client.exceptions.InvalidInputException

  • Glue.Client.exceptions.InternalServiceException

  • Glue.Client.exceptions.OperationTimeoutException

  • Glue.Client.exceptions.GlueEncryptionException