AWS Cloud9
User Guide

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Individual User Setup for AWS Cloud9

This topic explains how to set up to use AWS Cloud9 as the only individual in your AWS account, and you are not a student. To set up to use AWS Cloud9 for any other usage pattern, see Setting Up AWS Cloud9 for the correct instructions. To learn about who qualifies as a student, see Who can join AWS Educate on the AWS Educate Frequently Asked Questions website.

To use AWS Cloud9 as the only individual in your AWS account, create an AWS account if you don't already have one, and then sign in to the AWS Cloud9 console.

Step 1: Create an AWS Account

If you already have an AWS account, skip ahead to Step 2: Sign in to the AWS Cloud9 Console with the AWS Account Root User.

To watch a 4-minute video related to the following procedure, see Creating an Amazon Web Services Account on the YouTube website.

To create an AWS account

  1. Go to

  2. Choose Sign In to the Console.

  3. Choose Create a new AWS account.

  4. Complete the process by following the on-screen directions. This includes giving AWS your email address and credit card information. You must also use your phone to enter a code that AWS gives you.

After you finish creating the account, AWS will send you a confirmation email. Do not go to the next step until you get this confirmation.

Step 2: Sign In to the AWS Cloud9 Console with the AWS Account Root User

After you complete the previous step, you're ready to sign in to the AWS Cloud9 console with an AWS account root user and start using AWS Cloud9.

  1. Open the AWS Cloud9 console, at

  2. Enter the email address for your AWS account, and then choose Next.


    If an email address is already displayed and it's the wrong one, choose Sign in to a different account. Enter the correct email address, and then choose Next.

  3. Enter the password for your AWS account, and then choose Sign In.

The AWS Cloud9 console is displayed, and you can now start using AWS Cloud9.


Although you can sign in to the AWS Cloud9 console with the email address and password that you used when you created your AWS account (we call this an AWS account root user), this isn't an AWS security best practice. In the future, we recommend that you sign in as an administrator user in AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) in your AWS account instead. For more information, see Creating Your First IAM Admin User and Group in the IAM User Guide and AWS Tasks That Require AWS Account Root User Credentials in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.

Next Steps

Task for learning See this topic

Learn how to use the AWS Cloud9 IDE.

Getting Started: Basic Tutorials and Working with the IDE

More advanced task See this topic

Create an AWS Cloud9 development environment, and then use the AWS Cloud9 IDE to work with code in your new environment.

Creating an Environment

Invite others to use your new environment along with you, in real time and with text chat support.

Working with Shared Environments