Amazon Kinesis Streams
Developer Guide

Setting Up for Amazon Kinesis Streams

Before you use Amazon Kinesis Streams for the first time, complete the following tasks.

Sign Up for AWS

When you sign up for Amazon Web Services (AWS), your AWS account is automatically signed up for all services in AWS, including Kinesis Streams. You are charged only for the services that you use.

If you have an AWS account already, skip to the next task. If you don't have an AWS account, use the following procedure to create one.

To sign up for an AWS account

  1. Open, and then choose Create an AWS Account.


    This might be unavailable in your browser if you previously signed into the AWS Management Console. In that case, choose Sign In to the Console, and then choose Create a new AWS account.

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone keypad.

Download Libraries and Tools

The following libraries and tools will help you work with Kinesis Streams:

Configure Your Development Environment

To use the KCL, ensure that your Java development environment meets the following requirements:

  • Java 1.7 (Java SE 7 JDK) or later. You can download the latest Java software from Java SE Downloads on the Oracle website.

  • Apache Commons package (Code, HTTP Client, and Logging)

  • Jackson JSON processor

Note that the AWS SDK for Java includes Apache Commons and Jackson in the third-party folder. However, the SDK for Java works with Java 1.6, while the Kinesis Client Library requires Java 1.7.