Amazon CloudWatch Events
User Guide

Setting Up Amazon CloudWatch Events

To use Amazon CloudWatch Events you need an AWS account. Your AWS account allows you to use services (for example, Amazon EC2) to generate events that you can view in the CloudWatch console, a web-based interface. In addition, you can install and configure the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) to use a command-line interface.

Sign Up for Amazon Web Services (AWS)

When you create an AWS account, we automatically sign up your account for all AWS services. You pay only for the services that you use.

If you have an AWS account already, skip to the next step. 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.


    If you previously signed in to the AWS Management Console using AWS account root user credentials, choose Sign in to a different account. If you previously signed in to the console using IAM credentials, choose Sign-in using root account credentials. 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 verification code using the phone keypad.

Sign in to the Amazon CloudWatch Console

To sign in to the Amazon CloudWatch console

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the CloudWatch console at

  2. If necessary, change the region. From the navigation bar, choose the region where you have your AWS resources.

  3. In the navigation pane, choose Events.

Account Credentials

Although you can use your root user credentials to access CloudWatch Events, we recommend that you use an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) account. If you're using an IAM account to access CloudWatch, you must have the following permissions:

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Action": [ "events:*", "iam:PassRole" ], "Effect": "Allow", "Resource": "*" } ] }

For more information, see Authentication.

Set Up the Command Line Interface

You can use the AWS CLI to perform CloudWatch Events operations.

For information about how to install and configure the AWS CLI, see Getting Set Up with the AWS Command Line Interface in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide.

Regional Endpoints

You must enable regional endpoints (the default) in order to use CloudWatch Events. For more information, see Activating and Deactivating AWS STS in an AWS Region in the IAM User Guide.