Setting up - Amazon EMR

Amazon EMR Serverless is in preview release and is subject to change. To use EMR Serverless in preview, follow the sign up steps at The only Region that EMR Serverless currently supports is us-east-1, so make sure to set all region parameters to this value. All Amazon S3 buckets used with EMR Serverless must also be created in us-east-1.

Setting up

Step 1: Sign up for AWS

When you sign up for AWS, your AWS account is automatically signed up for all services, including the generally available Amazon EMR deployment options. You are charged only for the services that you use. If you have an AWS account already, skip to the next step. If you don't have an AWS account, use the following procedure to create one.

To create 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.

Step 2: Create an IAM user

As a best practice, create an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user with administrator permissions, and then use that IAM user for all work that does not require root credentials. Create a password for console access, and create access keys to use command line tools. For instructions, see Creating your first IAM admin user and group in the IAM User Guide.

You can use this same process to create more groups and users and to give your users access to your AWS account resources. To learn about using policies that restrict user permissions to specific AWS resources, see Access management. If you choose to create a separate user to work with EMR Serverless, ensure the user has sufficient permissions to operate the service. However, if you choose to continue with an Admin user, no further action will be required.

Step 3: Install and configure the AWS CLI

To set up EMR Serverless, you must have the latest version of AWS CLI installed. To install the latest version of the AWS CLI for macOS, Linux, or Windows, see Installing or updating the latest version of the AWS CLI.

To configure the AWS CLI and set up of secure access to AWS services, including EMR Serverless, see Quick configuration with aws configure.