Creating a distribution - Amazon CloudFront

Creating a distribution

This topic explains how to use the CloudFront console to create a distribution.

For information about using the CloudFront APIs to create a distribution, see Create Distribution in the Amazon CloudFront API Reference.

For information about updating distributions, see Updating a distribution, later in this section.

To see the current maximum number of distributions that you can create for each AWS account, or to request a higher quota (formerly known as limit), see General quotas on distributions.

To create a distribution (console)
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the CloudFront console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Distributions, then choose Create distribution.

  3. Specify settings for the distribution. For more information, see Values that you specify when you create or update a distribution.

  4. Save your changes.

  5. After CloudFront creates your distribution, the value of the Status column for your distribution will change from InProgress to Deployed. If you chose to enable the distribution, it will be ready to process requests after the status switches to Deployed.

    The domain name that CloudFront assigns to your distribution appears in the list of distributions. (It also appears on the General tab for a selected distribution.)


    You can use an alternate domain name, instead of the name assigned to you by CloudFront; by following the steps in Using custom URLs by adding alternate domain names (CNAMEs).

  6. When your distribution is deployed, confirm that you can access your content using your new CloudFront URL or CNAME. For more information, see Testing a distribution.

To update a distribution (for example, to add or change cache behaviors), see Updating a distribution.