AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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Creates a Kinesis data stream. A stream captures and transports data records that are continuously emitted from different data sources or producers. Scale-out within a stream is explicitly supported by means of shards, which are uniquely identified groups of data records in a stream.

You specify and control the number of shards that a stream is composed of. Each shard can support reads up to five transactions per second, up to a maximum data read total of 2 MB per second. Each shard can support writes up to 1,000 records per second, up to a maximum data write total of 1 MB per second. If the amount of data input increases or decreases, you can add or remove shards.

The stream name identifies the stream. The name is scoped to the AWS account used by the application. It is also scoped by AWS Region. That is, two streams in two different accounts can have the same name, and two streams in the same account, but in two different Regions, can have the same name.

CreateStream is an asynchronous operation. Upon receiving a CreateStream request, Kinesis Data Streams immediately returns and sets the stream status to CREATING. After the stream is created, Kinesis Data Streams sets the stream status to ACTIVE. You should perform read and write operations only on an ACTIVE stream.

You receive a LimitExceededException when making a CreateStream request when you try to do one of the following:

For the default shard limit for an AWS account, see Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Limits in the Amazon Kinesis Data Streams Developer Guide. To increase this limit, contact AWS Support.

You can use DescribeStream to check the stream status, which is returned in StreamStatus.

CreateStream has a limit of five transactions per second per account.


For .NET Core, PCL and Unity this operation is only available in asynchronous form. Please refer to CreateStreamAsync.

Namespace: Amazon.Kinesis
Assembly: AWSSDK.Kinesis.dll
Version: 3.x.y.z


public abstract CreateStreamResponse CreateStream(
         CreateStreamRequest request
Type: Amazon.Kinesis.Model.CreateStreamRequest

Container for the necessary parameters to execute the CreateStream service method.

Return Value
The response from the CreateStream service method, as returned by Kinesis.


InvalidArgumentException A specified parameter exceeds its restrictions, is not supported, or can't be used. For more information, see the returned message.
LimitExceededException The requested resource exceeds the maximum number allowed, or the number of concurrent stream requests exceeds the maximum number allowed.
ResourceInUseException The resource is not available for this operation. For successful operation, the resource must be in the ACTIVE state.

Version Information

.NET Framework:
Supported in: 4.5, 4.0, 3.5

Portable Class Library:
Supported in: Windows Store Apps
Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1
Supported in: Xamarin Android
Supported in: Xamarin iOS (Unified)
Supported in: Xamarin.Forms

Supported Versions: 4.6 and above
Supported Platforms: Android, iOS, Standalone

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