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Developer Guide (API Version 2016-01-13)

Creating or Updating a Web Distribution Using the CloudFront Console

The procedures in this topic explain how to create or update a web distribution using the CloudFront console. If you want to create a web distribution using the CloudFront API, go to POST Distribution in the Amazon CloudFront API Reference. If you want to update a web distribution using the CloudFront API, go to PUT DistributionConfig in the Amazon CloudFront API Reference.

For the current limit on the number of web distributions that you can create for each AWS account, see Amazon CloudFront Limits in the Amazon Web Services General Reference. To request a higher limit, go to https://console.aws.amazon.com/support/home#/case/create?issueType=service-limit-increase&limitType=service-code-cloudfront-distributions.

To create a CloudFront web distribution using the CloudFront console

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the CloudFront console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/.

  2. Choose Create Distribution.

  3. On the first page of the Create Distribution Wizard, in the Web section, choose Get Started.

  4. Specify settings for the distribution. For more information, see Values that You Specify When You Create or Update a Web Distribution.

  5. Choose Create Distribution.

  6. After CloudFront creates your distribution, the value of the Status column for your distribution will change from InProgress to Deployed. If you chose to enable the distribution, it will then be ready to process requests. This should take less than 15 minutes.

    The domain name that CloudFront assigns to your distribution appears in the list of distributions. (It also appears on the General tab for a selected distribution.)

  7. When your distribution is deployed, confirm that you can access your content using your new CloudFront URL or CNAME. For more information, see Testing Your Web Distribution.

To update a CloudFront web distribution using the CloudFront console

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the CloudFront console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/.

  2. Choose the ID for the distribution that you want to update.

  3. Update the applicable values. For more information, see Values that You Specify When You Create or Update a Web Distribution.

  4. Choose Create Distribution.

  5. After you change settings, the value of the Status column for your distribution changes to InProgress while CloudFront propagates the changes to edge locations. When Status changes to Deployed, the distribution is ready to process requests. (The value of the State column for the distribution must also be Enabled.) This should take less than 15 minutes after you save the last change.