Retrieves the specified inline policy document that is embedded in the specified IAM user.

Policies returned by this API are URL-encoded compliant with RFC 3986 (

You can use a URL decoding method to convert the policy back to plain JSON text. For example, if you use Java, you can use the decode method of the utility class in the Java SDK. Other languages and SDKs provide similar functionality.

An IAM user can also have managed policies attached to it. To retrieve

a managed policy document that is attached to a user, use GetPolicy to determine the policy's default version, then use GetPolicyVersion to retrieve the policy document.

For more information about policies, see Managed Policies and Inline Policies ( in the IAM User Guide.