Amazon EC2 Global View - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

Amazon EC2 Global View

Amazon EC2 Global View enables you to view some of your Amazon EC2 and Amazon VPC resources across a single AWS Region, or across multiple Regions in a single console. Amazon EC2 Global View also provides global search functionality that lets you search for specific resources or specific resource types across multiple Regions simultaneously.

Amazon EC2 Global View does not let you modify resources in any way.

Supported resources

Using Amazon EC2 Global View, you can view a global summary of the following resources across all of the Regions for which your AWS account is enabled.

  • Auto Scaling groups

  • DHCP option set

  • Egress-only internet gateways

  • Elastic IPs

  • Endpoint services

  • Instances

  • Internet gateways

  • Managed prefix lists

  • NAT gateways

  • Network ACLs

  • Network interfaces

  • Route tables

  • Security groups

  • Subnets

  • Volumes

  • VPCs

  • VPC endpoints

  • VPC peering connections

Required permissions

A user must have the following permissions to use Amazon EC2 Global View.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "autoscaling:DescribeAutoScalingGroups", "ec2:DescribeRegions", "ec2:DescribeDhcpOptions", "ec2:DescribeEgressOnlyInternetGateways", "ec2:DescribeAddresses", "ec2:DescribeVpcEndpointServices", "ec2:DescribeInstances", "ec2:DescribeInternetGateways", "ec2:DescribePrefixLists", "ec2:DescribeNatGateways", "ec2:DescribeNetworkAcls", "ec2:DescribeNetworkInterfaces", "ec2:DescribeRouteTables", "ec2:DescribeSecurityGroups", "ec2:DescribeSubnets", "ec2:DescribeVolumes", "ec2:DescribeVpcs", "ec2:DescribeVpcEndpoints", "ec2:DescribeVpcPeeringConnections" ], "Resource": "*" }] }
To use Amazon EC2 Global View

Open the Amazon EC2 Global View console at


You cannot use a private window in Firefox to access Amazon EC2 Global View.

The console consists of the following:

  • Region explorer—This tab includes the following sections:

    • Summary—Provides a high-level overview of your resources across all Regions.

      Enabled Regions indicates the number of Regions for which your AWS account is enabled. The remaining fields indicate the number of resources that you currently have in those Regions. Choose any of the links to view the resources of that type across all Regions. For example, if the link below the Instances label is 29 in 10 Regions, it indicates that you currently have 29 instances across 10 Regions. Choose the link to view a list of all 29 instances.

    • Resource region counts—Lists all of the AWS Regions (including those for which your account is not enabled) and provides totals for each resource type for each Region.

      Choose a Region name to view all resources of all types for that specific Region. For example, choose Africa (Cape Town) af-south-1 to view all VPCs, subnets, instances, security groups, volumes, and Auto Scaling groups in that Region. Alternatively, select a Region and choose View resources for selected Region.

      Choose the value for a specific resource type in a specific Region to view only resources of that type in that Region. For example, choose the value for Instances for Africa (Cape Town) af-south-1 to view only the instances in that Region.

  • Global search—This tab enables you to search for specific resources or specific resource types across a single Region or across multiple Regions. It also enables you to view details for a specific resource.

    To search for resources, enter the search criteria in the field preceding the grid. You can search by Region, by resource type, and by the tags assigned to resources.

    To view the details for a specific resource, select it in the grid. You can also choose the resource ID of a resource to open it in its respective console. For example, choose an instance ID to open the instance in the Amazon EC2 console, or choose a subnet ID to open the subnet in the Amazon VPC console.


If you only use specific Regions or resource types, you can customize Amazon EC2 Global View to display only those Regions and resource types. To customize the displayed Regions and resource types, in the navigation panel, choose Settings, and then on the Resources and Regions tabs, select the Regions and resource types that you do not want to be displayed in Amazon EC2 Global View.