AWS service endpoints - AWS General Reference

AWS service endpoints

To connect programmatically to an AWS service, you use an endpoint. An endpoint is the URL of the entry point for an AWS web service. The AWS SDKs and the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) automatically use the default endpoint for each service in an AWS Region. But you can specify an alternate endpoint for your API requests.

If a service supports Regions, the resources in each Region are independent of similar resources in other Regions. For example, you can create an Amazon EC2 instance or an Amazon SQS queue in one Region. When you do, the instance or queue is independent of instances or queues in all other Regions.

Regional endpoints

Most Amazon Web Services offer a Regional endpoint that you can use to make your requests. The general syntax of a Regional endpoint is as follows.


For example, is the endpoint for the Amazon DynamoDB service in the US West (Oregon) Region.

The following table lists the name and code of each Region.

Region Name Code
US East (Ohio) us-east-2
US East (N. Virginia) us-east-1
US West (N. California) us-west-1
US West (Oregon) us-west-2
Africa (Cape Town) af-south-1
Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) ap-east-1
Asia Pacific (Mumbai) ap-south-1
Asia Pacific (Osaka-Local) ap-northeast-3
Asia Pacific (Seoul) ap-northeast-2
Asia Pacific (Singapore) ap-southeast-1
Asia Pacific (Sydney) ap-southeast-2
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) ap-northeast-1
Canada (Central) ca-central-1
China (Beijing) cn-north-1
China (Ningxia) cn-northwest-1
Europe (Frankfurt) eu-central-1
Europe (Ireland) eu-west-1
Europe (London) eu-west-2
Europe (Milan) eu-south-1
Europe (Paris) eu-west-3
Europe (Stockholm) eu-north-1
Middle East (Bahrain) me-south-1
South America (São Paulo) sa-east-1

Some services, such as IAM, do not support Regions. Thus, the endpoints for those services do not include a Region. Other services, such as Amazon EC2, support Regions but let you specify an endpoint that does not include a Region, such as When you use an endpoint with no Region, AWS routes the Amazon EC2 request to US East (N. Virginia) (us-east-1), which is the default Region for API calls.

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FIPS endpoints

Some AWS services offer FIPS endpoints in selected Regions. Unlike standard AWS endpoints, FIPS endpoints use a TLS software library that complies with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) standards. These endpoints might be required by enterprises that interact with the United States government.

To use FIPS endpoints in your requests, use the procedure in your AWS SDK for specifying a custom endpoint. For example, when using the AWS Command Line Interface, use the endpoint-url parameter. The following example uses the FIPS endpoint in the US West (Oregon) Region to create an AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) customer master key.

aws kms create-key --endpoint-url

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You can find endpoint information from the following sources: