What is Amazon SES Classic - Amazon Simple Email Service Classic

This is the user guide for Amazon SES Classic. Updates and new features are only being documented in the new Amazon SES Developer Guide which we recommend to use.

What is Amazon SES Classic

Amazon SES Classic refers to the original Amazon SES console, APIs, and documentation which are available for a limited time until they are deprecated. This is the original SES Developer Guide now referred to as the SES Classic Developer Guide. This change in terminology is to more clearly differentiate the original from the new Amazon SES Dev Guide that supports the new Amazon SES console.

The new Amazon SES console is now available with improved and more powerful features, such as Configuration Sets, which allow you to do everything you do in Amazon SES Classic, but with more options, increased flexibitly, and efficient workflow. To glance at a quick overview of these new features, see the new Amazon SES. We encourage you to explore and take advantage of these improvements today by using the new Amazon SES console and the new Amazon SES API (referred to as V2). You can read about them in the new Amazon SES Developer Guide.

Features of Amazon SES

Amazon SES is an email platform that provides an easy, cost-effective way for you to send and receive email using your own email addresses and domains.

For example, you can send marketing emails such as special offers, transactional emails such as order confirmations, and other types of correspondence such as newsletters. When you use Amazon SES to receive mail, you can develop software solutions such as email autoresponders, email unsubscribe systems, and applications that generate customer support tickets from incoming emails.

For both Amazon SES and the new Amazon SES, you only pay for what you use. For more information, see Amazon SES Pricing.

Why use Amazon SES?

Building a large-scale email solution is often a complex and costly challenge for a business. You must deal with infrastructure challenges such as email server management, network configuration, and IP address reputation. Additionally, many third-party email solutions require contract and price negotiations, as well as significant up-front costs. Amazon SES eliminates these challenges and enables you to benefit from the years of experience and sophisticated email infrastructure Amazon.com has built to serve its own large-scale customer base.

Amazon SES and other AWS services

Amazon SES integrates seamlessly with other AWS products. For example, you can:

In this guide

This guide contains the following sections:

Section Description

Sending email

Describes how you can send email using Amazon SES.

Receiving email

Describes how you can receive email using Amazon SES.

Controlling access

Shows you how to use Amazon SES with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to specify which Amazon SES API actions a user can perform on which Amazon SES resources.

Logging API calls

Provides a list of Amazon SES APIs that can be logged using AWS CloudTrail.

Types of credentials

Explains the types of credentials that you might use with Amazon SES, and when you might use them.

Using the API

Describes how to interact with the Amazon SES API.


Contains information about using Amazon SES in multiple AWS Regions.


Provides a list of quotas that apply to Amazon SES.


Lists resources that you may find useful as you work with Amazon SES


Provides supplementary information about header fields, unsupported attachment types, and scripts.