Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
API Reference (API Version 2016-11-15)


Creates a placement group in which to launch instances. The strategy of the placement group determines how the instances are organized within the group.

A cluster placement group is a logical grouping of instances within a single Availability Zone that benefit from low network latency, high network throughput. A spread placement group places instances on distinct hardware.

For more information, see Placement Groups in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide.

Request Parameters

The following parameters are for this specific action. For more information about required and optional parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Query Parameters.


Checks whether you have the required permissions for the action, without actually making the request, and provides an error response. If you have the required permissions, the error response is DryRunOperation. Otherwise, it is UnauthorizedOperation.

Type: Boolean

Required: No


A name for the placement group. Must be unique within the scope of your account for the region.

Constraints: Up to 255 ASCII characters

Type: String

Required: Yes


The placement strategy.

Type: String

Valid Values: cluster | spread

Required: Yes

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.


The ID of the request.

Type: String


Is true if the request succeeds, and an error otherwise.

Type: Boolean


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Client Errors.



This example creates a cluster placement group named XYZ-cluster.

Sample Request &GroupName=XYZ-cluster &Strategy=cluster &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<CreatePlacementGroupResponse xmlns=""> <requestId>d4904fd9-82c2-4ea5-adfe-a9cc3EXAMPLE</requestId> <return>true</return> </CreatePlacementGroupResponse>

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: