Create a distribution - Amazon CloudFront

Create a distribution

This topic explains how to use the CloudFront console to create a distribution. Other helpful topics include the following:

  • To learn how to create a distribution that uses an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket origin with origin access control (OAC), see Getting started with a basic CloudFront 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 a distribution (for example, to add or change cache behaviors), see Update a distribution.

  • 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.

Create a CloudFront distribution in the console

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 Distribution settings reference.

  4. Save your changes.

  5. After CloudFront creates your distribution, the value of the Status column for your distribution will change from Deploying to the date and time that the distribution is deployed. If you chose to enable the distribution, it will be ready to process requests at this time.

    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 Use 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 Test a distribution.

Values that CloudFront displays in the console

When you create a new distribution or update an existing distribution, CloudFront displays the following information in the CloudFront console.


Active trusted signers, the AWS accounts that have an active CloudFront key pair and can be used to create valid signed URLs, are currently not visible in the CloudFront console.

Distribution ID

When you perform an action on a distribution using the CloudFront API, you use the distribution ID to specify which distribution to use, for example, EDFDVBD6EXAMPLE. You can't change a distribution's distribution ID.

Deploying and status

When you deploy a distribution, you see the Deploying status under the Last modified column. Wait for the distribution to finish deploying and make sure the Status column shows Enabled. For more information, see Distribution state.

Last modified

The date and time that the distribution was last modified, using ISO 8601 format, for example, 2012-05-19T19:37:58Z. For more information, see

Domain name

You use the distribution's domain name in the links to your objects. For example, if your distribution's domain name is, the link to /images/image.jpg would be You can't change the CloudFront domain name for your distribution. For more information about CloudFront URLs for links to your objects, see Customizing the URL format for files in CloudFront.

If you specified one or more alternate domain names (CNAMEs), you can use your own domain names for links to your objects instead of using the CloudFront domain name. For more information about CNAMEs, see Alternate domain names (CNAMEs).


CloudFront domain names are unique. Your distribution's domain name was never used for a previous distribution and will never be reused for another distribution in the future.