AWS Cloud9
User Guide

Individual Student Setup for AWS Cloud9

This topic explains how to set up to use AWS Cloud9 as a student, with you as the only individual using your account with AWS. 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.

Step 1: Create an Account with AWS

In this step, you create either an AWS Educate Starter Account or a regular AWS account, which you can then use to access AWS Cloud9.

For an AWS Educate Starter account, note the following:

  • You must be an eligible student.

  • You don't need a credit card.

  • There are some restrictions on AWS usage in the account.

  • The account isn't eligible for the AWS Free Tier.

  • After you graduate, you can no longer keep using the account.

  • You can't link the account to any other account.

  • You can't apply any additional AWS promotional credit to the account.

  • AWS resources that you create in the account will stop working after all AWS promotional credit is used.

  • If the account runs out of AWS promotional credit, the account is deactivated.

  • You can't turn the account into a regular AWS account.

For more information, see What is the difference between the AWS Account and AWS Educate Starter Account on the AWS Educate Frequently Asked Questions website.

Create an AWS Educate Starter Account

If you already have an AWS Educate Starter Account, skip ahead to Step 2: Sign In to the AWS Cloud9 Console.

  1. Go to the Apply for AWS Educate website, at https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/apply/.

  2. Choose Apply for AWS Educate for Students.

  3. On the Tell us about yourself page, follow the on-screen instructions. This includes giving AWS Educate information such as the educational institution that you attend and your student email address there. Leave Promo Code blank.

  4. Complete the security challenge, and then choose Next.

  5. On the Choose one of the following page, select Click here to select an AWS Educate Starter Account, and then choose Next.

  6. AWS will send you an email with the title Email Verification - AWS Educate Application. Choose the link in that email to confirm your email address, review the AWS Educate program terms and conditions, and complete the application process.

  7. After you complete the application process, AWS will send you an email with the title Thank You for Applying for AWS Educate. This email includes details such as how to check the status of your application and how to contact AWS Educate support with any questions.

    After AWS Educate approves your application, AWS will send you an email with the title AWS Educate Application Approved. Note that the approval process might take a day or longer. Do not go past this step in this procedure until you get this approval.

  8. After you get the approval email, follow the instructions in the email to set your AWS Educate Student Portal password, and then sign in to your AWS Educate Student Portal. After you set your AWS Educate Student Portal password, store that password in a secure location.

  9. Skip ahead to Step 2: Sign In to the AWS Cloud9 Console.

Create a Regular AWS Account and Apply for AWS Educate

If you already have a regular AWS account, skip ahead to step 6 in this procedure to apply for AWS Educate.

  1. Go to https://aws.amazon.com.

  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.

  5. After you finish creating the account, AWS will send you a confirmation email. Do not go past this step in this procedure until you get this confirmation.

  6. Go to the Apply for AWS Educate website, at https://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/apply/.

  7. Choose Apply for AWS Educate for Students.

  8. On the Tell us about yourself page, follow the on-screen instructions. This includes giving AWS Educate information such as the educational institution that you attend and your student email address there. Leave Promo Code blank.

  9. Complete the security challenge, and then choose Next.

  10. On the Choose one of the following page, select Click here to enter an AWS Account ID.

  11. In the box next to Click here to enter an AWS Account ID, enter your AWS account ID, and then choose Next. (To get your AWS account ID, see Finding Your AWS Account ID in the Amazon Web Services General Reference.)

  12. AWS will send you an email with the title Email Verification - AWS Educate Application. Choose the link in that email to confirm your email address, review the AWS Educate program terms and conditions, and complete the application process.

  13. After you complete the application process, AWS will send you an email with the title Thank You for Applying for AWS Educate. This email includes details such as how to check the status of your application and how to contact AWS Educate support with any questions.

    After AWS Educate approves your application, AWS will send you an email with the title AWS Educate Application Approved. Note that the approval process might take a day or longer. You can start using AWS Cloud9 without waiting for this approval. To do this, skip ahead to Step 2: Sign in to the AWS Cloud9 Console.

  14. After you get the approval email, follow the instructions in the email to set your AWS Educate Student Portal password, and then sign in to your AWS Educate Student Portal. After you set your AWS Educate Student Portal password, store that password in a secure location.

  15. The approval email contains information about AWS promotional credit that you can apply to your AWS account. AWS promotional credit can help offset the cost of using qualifying AWS services, some of which can be used by or with AWS Cloud9. To apply AWS promotional credit to your AWS account, do the following:

    1. With your AWS Educate Student Portal already open, choose Sign In to the Console.

      Note

      To return to your AWS Educate Student Portal, go to the AWS Educate Site Login website, at https://www.awseducate.com/signin/. Enter the email address and password that you used when you initially signed in to your AWS Educate Student Portal, and then choose Sign In.

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

      Note

      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.

      Important

      Type the password for your AWS account, not your AWS Educate Student Portal password.

    4. In the AWS navigation bar, choose your email address or display name, and then choose My Account.

    5. Choose Credits.

    6. For Promo Code, enter the Credit Code from the approval email.

    7. Complete the Security Check, and then choose Redeem.

    8. To see the list of AWS services that qualify for this credit, choose See complete list.

      Note

      AWS Cloud9 is not in this list of qualifying AWS services, because there is no additional charge for AWS Cloud9. Instead, AWS automatically applies this credit toward qualifying AWS service usage, some of which can be used by or with AWS Cloud9. For more information, see AWS Cloud9 Pricing.

Step 2: Sign In to the AWS Cloud9 Console

You're now ready to use either an AWS Educate Starter Account or a regular AWS account to sign in to the AWS Cloud9 console and start using AWS Cloud9.

Use an AWS Educate Starter Account to Sign In to the AWS Cloud9 Console

  1. Go to the AWS Educate Site Login website, at https://www.awseducate.com/signin/.

  2. Enter the email address and password that you use to sign in to your AWS Educate Student Portal, and then choose Sign In.

  3. Choose AWS Account.

  4. Choose Go to your AWS Educate Starter Account.

  5. Choose AWS Console.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • Choose Cloud9, if it's already displayed.

    • Expand All services, and then choose Cloud9.

    • In the Find services box, type Cloud9, and then press Enter.

    • In the AWS navigation bar, choose Services, and then choose Cloud9.

You can now start using AWS Cloud9. Skip ahead to Next Steps.

Use a Regular AWS Account to Sign In to the AWS Cloud9 Console

  1. Do one of the following:

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

    Note

    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.

    Important

    Enter the password for your AWS account, not your AWS Educate Student Portal password.

  4. If the AWS Management Console is displayed instead of the AWS Cloud9 console, do one of the following:

    • Choose Cloud9, if it's already displayed.

    • Expand All services, and then choose Cloud9.

    • In the Find services box, type Cloud9, and then press Enter.

    • In the AWS navigation bar, choose Services, and then choose Cloud9.

You can now start using AWS Cloud9.

Important

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 to the AWS Cloud9 console 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

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Learn how to use the AWS Cloud9 IDE.

Getting Started: Basic Tutorials and Working with the IDE

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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