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API Reference (API Version 2016-09-29)

CacheBehavior

A complex type that describes how CloudFront processes requests.

You must create at least as many cache behaviors (including the default cache behavior) as you have origins if you want CloudFront to distribute objects from all of the origins. Each cache behavior specifies the one origin from which you want CloudFront to get objects. If you have two origins and only the default cache behavior, the default cache behavior will cause CloudFront to get objects from one of the origins, but the other origin is never used.

For the current limit on the number of cache behaviors that you can add to a distribution, see Amazon CloudFront Limits in the AWS General Reference.

If you don't want to specify any cache behaviors, include only an empty CacheBehaviors element. Don't include an empty CacheBehavior element, or CloudFront returns a MalformedXML error.

To delete all cache behaviors in an existing distribution, update the distribution configuration and include only an empty CacheBehaviors element.

To add, change, or remove one or more cache behaviors, update the distribution configuration and specify all of the cache behaviors that you want to include in the updated distribution.

For more information about cache behaviors, see Cache Behaviors in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

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AllowedMethods

A complex type that controls which HTTP methods CloudFront processes and forwards to your Amazon S3 bucket or your custom origin. There are three choices:

  • CloudFront forwards only GET and HEAD requests.

  • CloudFront forwards only GET, HEAD, and OPTIONS requests.

  • CloudFront forwards GET, HEAD, OPTIONS, PUT, PATCH, POST, and DELETE requests.

If you pick the third choice, you may need to restrict access to your Amazon S3 bucket or to your custom origin so users can't perform operations that you don't want them to. For example, you might not want users to have permissions to delete objects from your origin.

Type: AllowedMethods object

Required: No

Compress

Whether you want CloudFront to automatically compress certain files for this cache behavior. If so, specify true; if not, specify false. For more information, see Serving Compressed Files in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

Type: Boolean

Required: No

DefaultTTL

The default amount of time that you want objects to stay in CloudFront caches before CloudFront forwards another request to your origin to determine whether the object has been updated. The value that you specify applies only when your origin does not add HTTP headers such as Cache-Control max-age, Cache-Control s-maxage, and Expires to objects. For more information, see Specifying How Long Objects and Errors Stay in a CloudFront Edge Cache (Expiration) in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

Type: Long

Required: No

ForwardedValues

A complex type that specifies how CloudFront handles query strings and cookies.

Type: ForwardedValues object

Required: Yes

MaxTTL

The maximum amount of time that you want objects to stay in CloudFront caches before CloudFront forwards another request to your origin to determine whether the object has been updated. The value that you specify applies only when your origin adds HTTP headers such as Cache-Control max-age, Cache-Control s-maxage, and Expires to objects. For more information, see Specifying How Long Objects and Errors Stay in a CloudFront Edge Cache (Expiration) in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

Type: Long

Required: No

MinTTL

The minimum amount of time that you want objects to stay in CloudFront caches before CloudFront forwards another request to your origin to determine whether the object has been updated. For more information, see Specifying How Long Objects and Errors Stay in a CloudFront Edge Cache (Expiration) in the Amazon Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

You must specify 0 for MinTTL if you configure CloudFront to forward all headers to your origin (under Headers, if you specify 1 for Quantity and * for Name).

Type: Long

Required: Yes

PathPattern

The pattern (for example, images/*.jpg) that specifies which requests to apply the behavior to. When CloudFront receives a viewer request, the requested path is compared with path patterns in the order in which cache behaviors are listed in the distribution.

Note

You can optionally include a slash (/) at the beginning of the path pattern. For example, /images/*.jpg. CloudFront behavior is the same with or without the leading /.

The path pattern for the default cache behavior is * and cannot be changed. If the request for an object does not match the path pattern for any cache behaviors, CloudFront applies the behavior in the default cache behavior.

For more information, see Path Pattern in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

Type: String

Required: Yes

SmoothStreaming

Indicates whether you want to distribute media files in the Microsoft Smooth Streaming format using the origin that is associated with this cache behavior. If so, specify true; if not, specify false. If you specify true for SmoothStreaming, you can still distribute other content using this cache behavior if the content matches the value of PathPattern.

Type: Boolean

Required: No

TargetOriginId

The value of ID for the origin that you want CloudFront to route requests to when a request matches the path pattern either for a cache behavior or for the default cache behavior.

Type: String

Required: Yes

TrustedSigners

A complex type that specifies the AWS accounts, if any, that you want to allow to create signed URLs for private content.

If you want to require signed URLs in requests for objects in the target origin that match the PathPattern for this cache behavior, specify true for Enabled, and specify the applicable values for Quantity and Items. For more information, see Serving Private Content through CloudFront in the Amazon Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

If you don't want to require signed URLs in requests for objects that match PathPattern, specify false for Enabled and 0 for Quantity. Omit Items.

To add, change, or remove one or more trusted signers, change Enabled to true (if it's currently false), change Quantity as applicable, and specify all of the trusted signers that you want to include in the updated distribution.

Type: TrustedSigners object

Required: Yes

ViewerProtocolPolicy

The protocol that viewers can use to access the files in the origin specified by TargetOriginId when a request matches the path pattern in PathPattern. You can specify the following options:

  • allow-all: Viewers can use HTTP or HTTPS.

  • redirect-to-https: If a viewer submits an HTTP request, CloudFront returns an HTTP status code of 301 (Moved Permanently) to the viewer along with the HTTPS URL. The viewer then resubmits the request using the new URL.

  • https-only: If a viewer sends an HTTP request, CloudFront returns an HTTP status code of 403 (Forbidden).

For more information about requiring the HTTPS protocol, see Using an HTTPS Connection to Access Your Objects in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

Note

The only way to guarantee that viewers retrieve an object that was fetched from the origin using HTTPS is never to use any other protocol to fetch the object. If you have recently changed from HTTP to HTTPS, we recommend that you clear your objects' cache because cached objects are protocol agnostic. That means that an edge location will return an object from the cache regardless of whether the current request protocol matches the protocol used previously. For more information, see Specifying How Long Objects and Errors Stay in a CloudFront Edge Cache (Expiration) in the Amazon CloudFront Developer Guide.

Type: String

Valid Values: allow-all | https-only | redirect-to-https

Required: Yes