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AWS Organizations is a web service that enables you to consolidate your multiple AWS accounts into an organization and centrally manage your accounts and their resources.

This guide provides descriptions of the Organizations operations. For more information about using this service, see the AWS Organizations User Guide.

Support and feedback for AWS Organizations

We welcome your feedback. Send your comments to feedback-awsorganizations@amazon.com or post your feedback and questions in the AWS Organizations support forum. For more information about the AWS support forums, see Forums Help.

Endpoint to call When using the AWS CLI or the AWS SDK

For the current release of Organizations, specify the us-east-1 region for all AWS API and AWS CLI calls made from the commercial AWS Regions outside of China. If calling from one of the AWS Regions in China, then specify cn-northwest-1. You can do this in the AWS CLI by using these parameters and commands:

  • Use the following parameter with each command to specify both the endpoint and its region:

    --endpoint-url https://organizations.us-east-1.amazonaws.com (from commercial AWS Regions outside of China)


    --endpoint-url https://organizations.cn-northwest-1.amazonaws.com.cn (from AWS Regions in China)

  • Use the default endpoint, but configure your default region with this command:

    aws configure set default.region us-east-1 (from commercial AWS Regions outside of China)


    aws configure set default.region cn-northwest-1 (from AWS Regions in China)

  • Use the following parameter with each command to specify the endpoint:

    --region us-east-1 (from commercial AWS Regions outside of China)


    --region cn-northwest-1 (from AWS Regions in China)

Recording API Requests

AWS Organizations supports AWS CloudTrail, a service that records AWS API calls for your AWS account and delivers log files to an Amazon S3 bucket. By using information collected by AWS CloudTrail, you can determine which requests the Organizations service received, who made the request and when, and so on. For more about AWS Organizations and its support for AWS CloudTrail, see Logging AWS Organizations Events with AWS CloudTrail in the AWS Organizations User Guide. To learn more about AWS CloudTrail, including how to turn it on and find your log files, see the AWS CloudTrail User Guide.

If you’re using the service, you’re probably looking for OrganizationsClient and Organizations.


Contains information about an AWS account that is a member of an organization.

Contains a list of child entities, either OUs or accounts.

Contains the status about a CreateAccount or CreateGovCloudAccount request to create an AWS account or an AWS GovCloud (US) account in an organization.

Contains information about the delegated administrator.

Contains information about the AWS service for which the account is a delegated administrator.

Contains rules to be applied to the affected accounts. The effective policy is the aggregation of any policies the account inherits, plus any policy directly attached to the account.

A structure that contains details of a service principal that represents an AWS service that is enabled to integrate with AWS Organizations.

Contains information that must be exchanged to securely establish a relationship between two accounts (an originator and a recipient). For example, when a management account (the originator) invites another account (the recipient) to join its organization, the two accounts exchange information as a series of handshake requests and responses.

Note: Handshakes that are CANCELED, ACCEPTED, or DECLINED show up in lists for only 30 days after entering that state After that they are deleted.

Specifies the criteria that are used to select the handshakes for the operation.

Identifies a participant in a handshake.

Contains additional data that is needed to process a handshake.

Contains details about an organization. An organization is a collection of accounts that are centrally managed together using consolidated billing, organized hierarchically with organizational units (OUs), and controlled with policies .

Contains details about an organizational unit (OU). An OU is a container of AWS accounts within a root of an organization. Policies that are attached to an OU apply to all accounts contained in that OU and in any child OUs.

A client for the Organizations API.

Contains information about either a root or an organizational unit (OU) that can contain OUs or accounts in an organization.

Contains rules to be applied to the affected accounts. Policies can be attached directly to accounts, or to roots and OUs to affect all accounts in those hierarchies.

Contains information about a policy, but does not include the content. To see the content of a policy, see DescribePolicy.

Contains information about a root, OU, or account that a policy is attached to.

Contains information about a policy type and its status in the associated root.

Contains details about a root. A root is a top-level parent node in the hierarchy of an organization that can contain organizational units (OUs) and accounts. The root contains every AWS account in the organization.

A custom key-value pair associated with a resource within your organization.

You can attach tags to any of the following organization resources.

  • AWS account

  • Organizational unit (OU)

  • Organization root

  • Policy


Errors returned by AcceptHandshake

Errors returned by AttachPolicy

Errors returned by CancelHandshake

Errors returned by CreateAccount

Errors returned by CreateGovCloudAccount

Errors returned by CreateOrganization

Errors returned by CreateOrganizationalUnit

Errors returned by CreatePolicy

Errors returned by DeclineHandshake

Errors returned by DeleteOrganization

Errors returned by DeleteOrganizationalUnit

Errors returned by DeletePolicy

Errors returned by DeregisterDelegatedAdministrator

Errors returned by DescribeAccount

Errors returned by DescribeCreateAccountStatus

Errors returned by DescribeEffectivePolicy

Errors returned by DescribeHandshake

Errors returned by DescribeOrganization

Errors returned by DescribeOrganizationalUnit

Errors returned by DescribePolicy

Errors returned by DetachPolicy

Errors returned by DisableAWSServiceAccess

Errors returned by DisablePolicyType

Errors returned by EnableAWSServiceAccess

Errors returned by EnableAllFeatures

Errors returned by EnablePolicyType

Errors returned by InviteAccountToOrganization

Errors returned by LeaveOrganization

Errors returned by ListAWSServiceAccessForOrganization

Errors returned by ListAccounts

Errors returned by ListAccountsForParent

Errors returned by ListChildren

Errors returned by ListCreateAccountStatus

Errors returned by ListDelegatedAdministrators

Errors returned by ListDelegatedServicesForAccount

Errors returned by ListHandshakesForAccount

Errors returned by ListHandshakesForOrganization

Errors returned by ListOrganizationalUnitsForParent

Errors returned by ListParents

Errors returned by ListPolicies

Errors returned by ListPoliciesForTarget

Errors returned by ListRoots

Errors returned by ListTagsForResource

Errors returned by ListTargetsForPolicy

Errors returned by MoveAccount

Errors returned by RegisterDelegatedAdministrator

Errors returned by RemoveAccountFromOrganization

Errors returned by TagResource

Errors returned by UntagResource

Errors returned by UpdateOrganizationalUnit

Errors returned by UpdatePolicy


Trait representing the capabilities of the Organizations API. Organizations clients implement this trait.