Amazon AppStream
Developer Guide

This documentation is for an older version of Amazon AppStream. For information about the latest version, see the Amazon AppStream 2.0 Developer Guide.

Getting Started with Amazon AppStream

Amazon AppStream deploys interactive applications on AWS infrastructure and streams input and output between the application and clients running on end-user devices such as personal computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

To deploy your application, you will need an application and device that meets the Service Requirements. You can deploy your application by using the interactive deployment wizard in a Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser. If you have an Apple Safari or Internet Explorer browser, go to Deploying with the Advanced Deployment Wizard

If you do not have an application, you can try deploying one of the following applications. Please note that these are open-source programs made available by third parties. Amazon cannot provide any warranties for these applications or accept liability for your use of them. You are responsible for reviewing and complying with the applicable license terms.

To deploy an application on Amazon AppStream

  1. Open a window in a Chrome or Firefox browser.

  2. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon AppStream console at

  3. Click Deploy an application.

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

  5. Configure your application to run at 720p video resolution.

If your application requires additional files, such as data files, copy those files to the My Documents folder, which you can open from the Save Sample Files Here shortcut on the Windows live host desktop.

During the streaming application deployment, you may experience poor performance. This is caused by the Windows Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) connection to the instance and does not reflect the actual streaming performance. For more information, see Cursor and Screen Elements Move Very Slowly in Windows.

After you successfully deploy and stream your application, you can allow other users to use your streaming application by sending them a new quick link. The quick link is valid for 72 hours after creation and can only be used once.

To generate a new test connect link

  1. In the Amazon AppStream console, click View your streaming applications. This button appears only if you have added applications to Amazon AppStream.

  2. In the list of applications, click the name of the streaming application to view.

  3. In Show instructions for testing your application using, select the operating system of your device or computer.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • For Chrome, click Generate a new quick link in Step 2.

    • For other operating systems, click Generate a new test URL in Step 3.