I can't seem to create a tag on a resource if the value contains a quote. For example:

aws ec2 create-tags --resource $someResource --tags 'Key=mykey,Value={"json":"value"}'

fails with:

Error parsing parameter '--tags': should be: Key value pairs, with multiple values separated by a space.

But if I run it without the quotes in the value, it succeeds:

aws ec2 create-tags --resource $someResource --tags 'Key=mykey,Value={json:value}'

I've tried a few different combinations of quoting/escaping, but I just can't seem to set the JSON value from the CLI.

For completeness, I updated my tools yesterday:

aws --version
aws-cli/1.3.6 Python/2.7.5 Darwin/13.1.0


  • Are you using Windows? – Céline Aussourd Apr 17 '14 at 11:20
  • Negative, this is from a Mac running 10.9.2 – Gary Richardson Apr 18 '14 at 16:17
  • In a similar environment (OSX, Python 2.7, aws-cli 1.3.7), I can use the JSON syntax this way: aws ec2 create-tags --resource $someResource --tags '{"Key":"myKey","Value":"myvalue"}' Does it answer your question? I'm not sure how you want to use JSON... – Céline Aussourd Apr 23 '14 at 11:43
  • I believe this issue is more general, in that you can't have a double-quote in the value from the command line. – Parker Oct 30 '14 at 16:29

Bumped into the same problem, and found a way to circumvent this unexpected behaviour I think: aws ec2 create-tags --resource $someResource --tags Key=mykey,Value='"{\"json\":\"value\"}"'

A bit overdue maybe, but someone might find it useful. The matter is that the awscli seems to try to parse what's inside the quotes to a variable, and if it is not default to a string, it will give an error. So within the quotes, another set of quotes needs to be used, so that it will default to a string.

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  • This didn't directly solve the issue that I was having, but it lead to it. I already had some escaped quotes ( \" ) in the string that I was needing to pass. I doubly escaped them with ( \\\") and it worked for me. I was AWS CLI to call SQS. – Itsme2003 Feb 13 '17 at 23:54

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