Working with records - Amazon Route 53

Working with records

After you create a hosted zone for your domain, such as, you create records to tell the Domain Name System (DNS) how you want traffic to be routed for that domain.

For example, you might create records that cause DNS to do the following:

  • Route internet traffic for to the IP address of a host in your data center.

  • Route email for that domain ( to a mail server (

  • Route traffic for a subdomain called to the IP address of a different host.

Each record includes the name of a domain or a subdomain, a record type (for example, a record with a type of MX routes email), and other information applicable to the record type (for MX records, the host name of one or more mail servers and a priority for each server). For information about the different record types, see Supported DNS record types.

The name of each record in a hosted zone must end with the name of the hosted zone. For example, the hosted zone can contain records for and subdomains, but cannot contain records for a subdomain.


To create records for complex routing configurations, you can also use the traffic flow visual editor and save the configuration as a traffic policy. You can then associate the traffic policy with one or more domain names (such as or subdomain names (such as, in the same hosted zone or in multiple hosted zones. In addition, you can roll back the updates if the new configuration isn't performing as you expected it to. For more information, see Using traffic flow to route DNS traffic.

Amazon Route 53 doesn't charge for the records that you add to a hosted zone. For information about the maximum number of records that you can create in a hosted zone, see Quotas.