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AWS Billing and Cost Management
User Guide (Version 2.0)

Document History

The following table describes the documentation for this release of the AWS Billing and Cost Management guide.

  • Version: 2.0

  • Last documentation update: March 22th, 2017

Change Description Release Date

Regional Offer Files

The AWS Price List API now offers regional offer files for each service. For more information, see Using the AWS Price List API.

April 20, 2017

Added Cost Explorer Advanced Options

You can now filter Cost Explorer reports by additional advanced options, such as refunds, credits, RI upfront fees, RI recurring charges, and support charges. For more information, see Advanced Options.

March 22, 2017

Added a Cost Explorer Report

You can now track your Reserved Instance (RI) coverage in Cost Explorer. For more information, see Reserved Instance Coverage Views.

March 20, 2017

Added Cost Explorer Filters

You can now filter Cost Explorer reports by tenancy, platform, and the Amazon EC2 Spot and Scheduled Reserved Instance purchase options. For more information, see Filter and Group Options.

March 20, 2017

Cost Explorer and Budgets for AISPL

AISPL users can now use Cost Explorer and budgets. For more information, see Analyzing Your Costs with Cost Explorer and Managing Your Costs with Budgets.

March 6, 2017

Added Grouping for Cost Explorer Usage Types

Cost Explorer supports grouping for both cost and usage data, enabling customers to identify their cost drivers by cross-referencing their cost and usage charts. For more information, see Grouping Data by Filter Type.

February 24, 2017

Added a Cost Explorer Report

You can now track your monthly Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance (RI) utilization in Cost Explorer. For more information, see Monthly RI Utilization.

December 16, 2016

Added a Cost Explorer Report

You can now track your daily Amazon EC2 Reserved Instance (RI) utilization in Cost Explorer. For more information, see Daily RI Utilization.

December 15, 2016

Added AWS-generated cost allocation tags

You can now activate the AWS-generated tag createdBy to track who created an AWS resource. For more information, see Using Cost Allocation Tags.

December 12, 2016

Added Cost Explorer Advanced Options

You can now exclude tagged resources from your Cost Explorer reports. For more information, see [ERROR]: xref (show-untagged-resources) does not have an endterm or text for the link (target element: anchor). See History to view the link "" found under "Document History" id="History" in file 'DocumentHistory.xml'..

November 18, 2016

Amazon QuickSight integration for AWS Cost and Usage Reports

AWS Cost and Usage Reports now provide customized queries for uploading your data into Amazon QuickSight. For more information, see AWS Cost and Usage Report.

November 15, 2016

Expanded Budget Functionality

You can now use budgets to track usage data. For more information, see Managing Your Costs with Budgets.

October 20, 2016

Expanded Cost Explorer Functionality

You can now use Cost Explorer to visualize your costs by Usage type groups. For more information, see Analyzing Your Costs with Cost Explorer.

September 15, 2016

Improved Amazon Redshift integration for AWS Cost and Usage Reports

AWS Cost and Usage Reports now provide customized queries for uploading your data into Amazon Redshift. For more information, see Uploading an AWS Cost and Usage Report to Amazon Redshift.

August 18th, 2016

Expanded Cost Explorer Functionality

You can now use Cost Explorer to visualize your costs by Amazon EC2 instance type or region. For more information, see Analyzing Your Costs with Cost Explorer.

January 5th, 2016

AWS Cost and Usage reports

You can now create and download AWS Cost and Usage reports.

For more information, see Understanding Your Usage with Billing Reports.

December 16th, 2015

AWS price list API

You can now download offer files that list the products, prices, and restrictions for a single AWS service.

For more information, see Using the AWS Price List API.

December 9th, 2015
Cost Explorer Report Manager You can now save Cost Explorer queries. For more information, see Managing Your Cost Explorer Reports. November 12th, 2015
Free Tier Tracking You can now track how much of your free tier limit you've used. For more information, see Tracking Your Free Tier Usage. August 12th, 2015
Budgets and Forecasting You can now manage your AWS usage and costs using budgets and cost forecasts. For more information, see Monitoring Your Usage and Costs. June 29th, 2015
Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd You can now manage your account settings and payment methods for an Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd (AISPL) account. For more information, see Managing an Account in India. June 1st, 2015
Expanded Cost Explorer Functionality You can now use Cost Explorer to visualize your costs by Availability Zone, API operation, purchase option, or by multiple cost allocation tags. For more information, see Analyzing Your Costs with Cost Explorer. February 19, 2015
Preferred Payment Currencies You can now change the currency associated with your credit card. To learn more, see Features in Billing and Cost Management. February 16, 2015
Avoiding Unexpected Charges Revised and expanded Avoiding Unexpected Charges and Using the Free Tier. August 19, 2014
IAM User Permissions You can now enable AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users and federated users to access and manage your account settings, view your bills, and perform cost management. For example, you can grant people in your finance department full access to the financial setup and control of your AWS account, without having to give them access to your production AWS environment. For more information about managing access to account settings, billing, and cost management, see Controlling Access. If you're not using IAM to secure your account yet, we encourage you to learn more about IAM and the benefits it provides. July 07, 2014
Cost Explorer launched. Cost Explorer provides a visualization of your AWS costs that enables you to analyze your costs in multiple ways. For more information, see Analyzing Your Costs with Cost Explorer. April 8, 2014
Version 2.0 published. The AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide has been reorganized and rewritten to use the new Billing and Cost Management AWS Management Console. October 25, 2013