This example retrieves a Systems Manager string parameter.

go run GetParameterv2.go -n NAME

  • NAME is the name of the parameter to retrieve.

Source code

// Copyright, Inc. or its affiliates. All Rights Reserved.
// SPDX - License - Identifier: Apache - 2.0
package main

import (


// SSMGetParameterAPI defines the interface for the GetParameter function.
// We use this interface to test the function using a mocked service.
type SSMGetParameterAPI interface {
	GetParameter(ctx context.Context,
		params *ssm.GetParameterInput,
		optFns ...func(*ssm.Options)) (*ssm.GetParameterOutput, error)

// FindParameter retrieves an AWS Systems Manager string parameter
// Inputs:
//     c is the context of the method call, which includes the AWS Region
//     api is the interface that defines the method call
//     input defines the input arguments to the service call.
// Output:
//     If success, a GetParameterOutput object containing the result of the service call and nil
//     Otherwise, nil and an error from the call to GetParameter
func FindParameter(c context.Context, api SSMGetParameterAPI, input *ssm.GetParameterInput) (*ssm.GetParameterOutput, error) {
	return api.GetParameter(c, input)


func main() {
	parameterName := flag.String("n", "", "The name of the parameter")

	if *parameterName == "" {
		fmt.Println("You must supply the name of the parameter")
		fmt.Println("-n NAME")

	cfg, err := config.LoadDefaultConfig(context.TODO())
	if err != nil {
		panic("configuration error, " + err.Error())

	client := ssm.NewFromConfig(cfg)

	input := &ssm.GetParameterInput{
		Name: parameterName,

	results, err := FindParameter(context.TODO(), client, input)
	if err != nil {


See the complete example in GitHub.