Before you begin with Amazon SES - 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.

Before you begin with Amazon SES

Before you start, you need to set up Amazon SES. Whether you send an email by using the Amazon SES console, the SMTP interface, or the Amazon SES API, you need to:

  • Sign up for AWS—Before you can use Amazon SES or other AWS services, you need to create an AWS account. For information, see Signing up for AWS.

  • Verify your email address or domain— To send emails using Amazon SES, you always need to verify your "From" address to show that you own it. If you are in the sandbox, you also need to verify your "To" addresses. You can verify email addresses or entire domains. For information, see Verifying identities in Amazon SES.

  • Provide your account details— Keep your account up-to-date by editing your account details. Providing your account details also allows you to request to move out of the sandbox. When in the sandbox, you can only send email to the Amazon SES mailbox simulator and verified email addresses or domains. For information, see Moving out of the Amazon SES sandbox.

This list contains the setup tasks that are mandatory for all email sending methods. Additional setup tasks that are specific to the email sending method are provided in the corresponding getting started section. To see a complete list of all setup tasks, see Setting up email with Amazon SES.