AWS Direct Connect
User Guide

Creating a Private Virtual Interface to the Direct Connect Gateway

To connect your AWS Direct Connect connection to the remote VPC, you must create a private virtual interface for your connection. Specify the Direct Connect gateway to which to connect.


If you're accepting a hosted private virtual interface, you can associate it with a Direct Connect gateway in your account. For more information, see Accepting a Hosted Virtual Interface.

To provision a private virtual interface to a Direct Connect gateway

  1. Open the AWS Direct Connect console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Virtual Interfaces.

  3. Choose Create virtual interface.

  4. Under Virtual interface type, for Type, choose Private.

  5. Under Virtual interface type, choose Private.

  6. Under Private virtual interface settings, do the following:

    1. For Virtual interface name, enter a name for the virtual interface.

    2. For Connection, choose the Direct Connect connection that you want to use for this interface.

    3. For Virtual interface owner, choose My AWS account if the virtual interface is for your AWS account.

    4. For Gateway type, choose Direct Connect gateway.

    5. For Direct Connect gateway, select the Direct Connect gateway.

    6. For VLAN, enter the ID number for your virtual local area network (VLAN).

    7. For BGP ASN, enter the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Autonomous System Number (ASN) of your gateway.

  7. Under Additional Settings, do the following:

    1. To configure an IPv4 BGP or an IPv6 peer, do the following:

      [IPv4] To configure an IPv4 BGP peer, choose IPv4 and do one of the following:

      • To specify these IP addresses yourself, for Your router peer ip, enter the destination IPv4 CIDR address to which Amazon should send traffic.

      • For Amazon router peer ip, enter the IPv4 CIDR address to use to send traffic to AWS.

      [IPv6] To configure an IPv6 BGP peer, choose IPv6. The peer IPv6 addresses are automatically assigned from Amazon's pool of IPv6 addresses. You cannot specify custom IPv6 addresses.

    2. To advertise prefixes to Amazon, for Prefixes you want to advertise, enter the IPv4 CIDR destination addresses (separated by commas) to which traffic should be routed over the virtual interface.

    3. To change the maximum transmission unit (MTU) from 1500 (default) to 9001 (jumbo frames), select Jumbo MTU (MTU size 9001).

  8. Choose Create virtual interface.

After you've created the virtual interface, you can download the router configuration for your device. For more information, see Downloading the Router Configuration File.

To create a private virtual interface using the command line or API

To view the virtual interfaces that are attached to a Direct Connect gateway using the command line or API