Find the current AMI image (i.e. Ubuntu 16.04) in AWS using command line

If you would like to programatically find the current image of a specific distribution in AWS for your region, with the use of the aws cli, use the following (in this example looking for Ubuntu 16.04).

Or for 18.04

This is from the examples in the documentation here: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/finding-an-ami.html