Getting Started with AWS Config - AWS Config

Getting Started with AWS Config

AWS Config provides a detailed view of the configuration of AWS resources in your AWS account. With AWS Config, you can review changes in configurations and relationships between AWS resources, explore resource configuration history, and use rules to determine compliance. For more information, see What Is AWS Config? and How AWS Config Works.


When you set up AWS Config, you can complete the following:

Resource management

  • Specify the resource types you want AWS Config to record.

Rules and conformance packs

  • Specify the rules that you want AWS Config to use to evaluate compliance information for the recorded resource types.

  • Use conformance packs, or a collection of AWS Config rules and remediation actions that can be deployed and monitored as a single entity in your AWS account.

    For more information, see Evaluating Resources with AWS Config Rules and Conformance Packs.


  • Use an aggregator to get a centralized view of your resource inventory and compliance. An aggregator is an AWS Config resource type that collects AWS Config configuration and compliance data from multiple AWS accounts and AWS Regions into a single account and Region.

    For more information, see Multi-Account Multi-Region Data Aggregation .

Advanced queries

Signing up

When you sign up for AWS, your account has access to all AWS services. You pay only for the services that you use.

If you do not have an AWS account, complete the following steps to create one.

To sign up for an AWS account

  1. Open

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a verification code on the phone keypad.


You can also opt to receive a text message instead followed by a prompt to enter the verification code sent to your device.

After you sign up for an AWS account, you can get started with AWS Config with the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or the AWS SDKs. For more information about using the AWS CLI or AWS SDKs, see Setting Up AWS Config with the AWS CLI and AWS Software Development Kits for AWS Config.

You can also use the console for a quick and streamlined process. For more information, see Setting Up AWS Config with the Console.