Try the AWS IoT quick connect - AWS IoT Core

Try the AWS IoT quick connect

In this tutorial, you'll create your first thing object, connect a device to it, and watch it send MQTT messages.

You can expect to spend 15-20 minutes on this tutorial.

This tutorial is best for people who want to quickly get started with AWS IoT to see how it works in a limited scenario. If you're looking for an example that will get you started so that you can explore more features and services, try Explore AWS IoT Core services in hands-on tutorial.

In this tutorial, you'll download and run software on a device that connects to a thing object in AWS IoT Core as part of a very small IoT solution. The device can be an IoT device, such as a Raspberry Pi, or it can also be a computer that is running Linux, OS and OSX, or Windows. If you're looking to connect a Long Range WAN (LoRaWAN) device to AWS IoT, refer to the tutorial Connecting devices and gateways to AWS IoT Core for LoRaWAN.

If your device supports a browser that can run the AWS IoT console, we recommend you complete this tutorial on that device.


If your device doesn't have a compatible browser, follow this tutorial on a computer. When the procedure asks you to download the file, download it to your computer, and then transfer the downloaded file to your device by using Secure Copy (SCP) or a similar process.

Step 1. Start the tutorial

If possible, complete this procedure on your device; otherwise, be ready to transfer a file to your device later in this procedure.

  1. Open your AWS IoT console and from the left menu, choose Learn.

                            AWS IoT console home page
  2. On the Connect to AWS IoT tile, choose View connection options.

                            AWS IoT console Learn home page
  3. In the Onboard a device tile, choose Get started.

                            AWS IoT console connect option page
  4. Review the steps that describe what you'll do in this tutorial. When you're ready to continue, choose Get started.

                            AWS IoT console connect quick start overview page

Step 2. Create a thing object

  1. On the How are you connecting to AWS IoT? page, choose the platform and the language of the AWS IoT Device SDK that you want to use. This example uses the Linux/OSX platform and the Node.js SDK.


    Be sure to check the list of prerequisite software required by your chosen SDK at the bottom of the console page.

    You must have the required software installed on your target computer before you continue to the next step.

    After you choose the platform and device SDK language, choose Next.

                            AWS IoT console quick start options page
  2. In the Name field, enter the name for your thing object. The thing name used in this example is MyIotThing.


    Double-check your thing name before you continue.

    A thing name can't be changed after the thing object is created. If you want to change a thing name, you must create a new thing object with the correct thing name and then delete the one with the incorrect name.

                            AWS IoT console thing name page
  3. After you give your thing object a name, choose Next step.

                            AWS IoT console thing name page with name

Step 3. Download files to your device

This page appears after AWS IoT has created the connection kit, which includes the following files and resources that your device requires:

  • The thing's certificate files used to authenticate the device

  • A policy resource to authorize your thing object to interact with AWS IoT

  • The script to download the AWS Device SDK and run the sample program on your device

  1. When you're ready to continue, choose the Download connection kit for button to download the connection kit for the platform that you chose earlier.

                            AWS IoT console certificate file download page
  2. If you're running this procedure on your device, save the connection kit file to a directory from which you can run command line commands.

    If you're not running this procedure on your device, save the connection kit file to a local directory and then transfer the file to your device.

  3. After you have the connection kit file on the device, continue the tutorial by choosing Next step.

                            AWS IoT console certificate file download page after connection
                                kit download

Step 4. Run the sample

This procedure is done in a terminal or command window on your device while following the directions displayed in the console. The commands shown in the console are those for the operating system you chose in Step 2. Create a thing object. Those shown here are for the Linux/OSX operating systems.

  1. In a terminal or command window on your device, in the directory with the connection kit file, perform the steps shown in the AWS IoT console.

    If you're using a Windows PowerShell command window and the unzip command doesn't work, replace unzip with expand-archive and try the command line again.

                            AWS IoT console quick start install and run page
  2. In the terminal or command window on your device, after you enter the command from Step 3 in the console, you should see an output similar to this. This output is from the messages the program is sending to and then receiving back from AWS IoT Core. While the sample program is communicating with AWS IoT Core, you won't see any activity in the console. To see activity in the console while you run the sample program, see Step 4 of this procedure. Sometimes, instead of topic_1, you might see a message from the terminal that shows it's received from the topic sdk/test/SDK_programming_language, where the SDK_programming_language can be Python, JavaScript, or Java.

                            AWS IoT console quick start example program output
  3. You can repeat the commands from Step 3/3 in the console of this procedure), to run the sample program again.

  4. (Optional) If you want to see the messages from your IoT client in the AWS IoT console, open the MQTT client on the Test page of the AWS IoT console. In the MQTT client, subscribe to sdk/test/SDK_programming_language. The topic name depends on the programming language of the SDK you chose in Step 1/1. The possible topic names are as follows and are case sensitive.

    • For the AWS IoT Device SDK, the topic is sdk/test/javascript.

    • For the Python AWS IoT Device SDK, the topic is sdk/test/Python.

    • For the Java AWS IoT Device SDK, the topic is sdk/test/java.

  5. After you subscribe to the test topic, run this program on your device ./ as described in the previous step. For more information, see View MQTT messages with the AWS IoT MQTT client for more information.

    After you run ./, you'll see messages displayed in the MQTT client similar to the following:

    { "message": "Hello World!", "sequence": 10 }

    The sequence number increments by one each time a new Hello World message is received and stops when you terminate the program.

  6. After you've finished running the program on your device, in the AWS IoT console, choose Done to finish the tutorial and see this summary.

                            AWS IoT console quick start complete

Step 5. Explore further

Here are some ideas to explore AWS IoT further after you complete the quick start.