Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
User Guide

Creating an Auto Scaling Group Using a Launch Configuration

When you create an Auto Scaling group, you must specify the information needed to configure the Auto Scaling instances and the minimum number of instances your group must maintain at all times.

The following procedures demonstrate how to create an Auto Scaling group using a launch configuration. You cannot modify a launch configuration after it is created, but you can replace the launch configuration for an Auto Scaling group. For more information, see Changing the Launch Configuration for an Auto Scaling Group.


Create a launch configuration. For more information, see Creating a Launch Configuration.

To create an Auto Scaling group using the console

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at

  2. On the navigation bar at the top of the screen, select the same region that you used when you created the launch configuration.

  3. On the navigation pane, under Auto Scaling, choose Auto Scaling Groups.

  4. Choose Create Auto Scaling group.

  5. On the Create Auto Scaling Group page, choose Launch Configuration, select an existing launch configuration, and then choose Next Step.


    If you do not have any launch configurations, you're first prompted to create one before you can continue with the steps to create an Auto Scaling group.

  6. On the Configure Auto Scaling group details page, do the following:

    1. For Group name, type a name for your Auto Scaling group.

    2. For Group size, type the initial number of instances for your Auto Scaling group.

    3. For Network, select a VPC for your Auto Scaling group.

    4. For Subnet, select one or more subnets.

    5. (Optional) To register your Auto Scaling instances with a load balancer, select Receive traffic from one or more load balancers and select one or more Classic Load Balancers or target groups.

    6. Choose Next: Configure scaling policies.

  7. On the Configure scaling policies page, select one of the following options, and then choose Next: Configure Notifications:

    • To manually adjust the size of the Auto Scaling group as needed, select Keep this group at its initial size. For more information, see Manual Scaling.

    • To automatically adjust the size of the Auto Scaling group based on criteria that you specify, select Use scaling policies to adjust the capacity of this group and follow the directions. For more information, see Configure Scaling Policies.

  8. (Optional) To receive notifications, choose Add notification, configure the notification, and then choose Next: Configure Tags.

  9. (Optional) To add tags, choose Edit tags, provide a tag key and value for each tag, and then choose Review.

    Alternatively, you can add tags later on. For more information, see Tagging Auto Scaling Groups and Instances.

  10. On the Review page, choose Create Auto Scaling group.

  11. On the Auto Scaling group creation status page, choose Close.

To create an Auto Scaling group using the command line

You can use one of the following commands: