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To help new AWS customers get started in the cloud, AWS is introducing a free usage tier. The free tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.


Click a product below to learn more about its AWS Free Tier benefits


  • Elastic Compute Cloud Icon

    Amazon EC2 »

    Web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud.

  • Simple Storage Service Icon

    Amazon S3 »

    Highly-scalable, reliable, and low-latency data storage.

  • Data Pipeline Icon

    Amazon RDS »

    Managed MySQL, Oracle and SQL Server databases.

  • CloudWatch Icon

    Amazon CloudWatch »

    Monitoring for AWS cloud resources and applications.

  • Data Pipeline Icon

    AWS Data Pipeline »

    Orchestration for data-driven workflows.

  • DynamoDB Icon

    Amazon DynamoDB »

    Fully managed NoSQL database service with seamless scalability.

  • Simple Notification Service Icon

    Amazon EBS »

    Highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes.

  • Simple Notification Service Icon

    Amazon ELB »

    Web service that provides scalability and high availability.

  • Elasticache Icon

    Amazon ElastiCache »

    Managed scale-out caching.

  • Amazon SES

    Amazon SES »

    Cost-effective email-sending service in the cloud.

  • Simple Notification Service Icon

    Amazon SNS »

    Web service to set up, operate, and send notifications from the cloud.

  • Amazon Elastic Transcoder Icon

    Amazon Elastic Transcoder »

    Convert your media files easily, at low cost and at scale.

  • Simple Queue Service

    Amazon SQS »

    Scalable queue for storing messages as they travel between computers.

  • Simple WorkFlow Icon

    Amazon SWF »

    Workflow service for building scalable, resilient applications.

  • AWS Marketplace

    AWS Marketplace »

    Partner software pre-configured to run on AWS.

  • Infrastructure Software »

    Software to get started with development on EC2.

  • Business Software »

    Software to manage your business in the AWS cloud.

  • Developer Tools »

    Software to monitor your applications in the AWS cloud.

  • Amazon CloudFront

    Amazon CloudFront »

    A Content Delivery Web Service.

750 hours

Linux, RHEL or SLES Micro Instance

750 hours

Windows Micro Instance

Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. The AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of Linux and Windows Micro Instances each month for one year.

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750 hours

of ELB per Month

15 GB

Data Processing

Amazon Elastic Load Balancing distributes incoming application traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances, providing greater fault tolerance and scalability. The AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of load balancing and 15 GB of data processed.

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30 GB

of EBS Storage

2 Million

I/Os

1 GB

of Snapshot Storage

Amazon EBS (Amazon Elastic Block Store) provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance. With the AWS Free Tier you get 30 GB of Amazon EBS, plus 2 million I/Os and 1 GB of snapshot storage.

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5 GB

Standard Storage

20,000

Get Requests

2,000

Put Requests

Amazon S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service) provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, secure, inexpensive infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own web sites.

Learn more about Amazon S3 »
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50 GB

Data Transfer Out

2,000,000

HTTP and HTTPS Requests

Amazon CloudFront is a content delivery web service. It gives developers an easy way to distribute content to end users with low latency, high data transfer speeds, and no commitments.

Learn more about Amazon CloudFront »
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750 hours

Micro DB Instance

20 GB

of DB Storage

20 GB

for Backups, 10MM I/Os

Amazon RDS (Amazon Relational Database Service) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale relational databases in the cloud. Amazon RDS supports MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server database engines. The AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of Amazon RDS–enough hours to run a DB Instance continuously each month.

Learn more about Amazon RDS »
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100 MB

of Storage

5 Units

of Write Capacity

10 Units

of Read Capacity

Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed NoSQL database service that provides fast and predictable performance with seamless scalability. With the AWS Free Tier you get 100 MB of storage, 5 units of write capacity, and 10 units of read capacity for Amazon DynamoDB.

Learn more about Amazon DynamoDB »
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750 hours

Micro Cache Node

Amazon ElastiCache makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale in-memory caches in the cloud. Amazon ElastiCache supports Memcached, a widely adopted caching protocol. The AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours of Amazon ElastiCache – enough hours to run a Cache Node continuously each month.

Learn more about Amazon ElastiCache »
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1,000,000

Requests

Amazon SQS (Amazon Simple Queue Service) offers a reliable, highly scalable, hosted queue for storing messages as they travel between computers. By using Amazon SQS, developers can simply move data between distributed components of their applications that perform different tasks.

Learn more about Amazon SQS »
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20 minutes

Audio Transcoding

20 minutes

SD Transcoding

10 minutes

HD Transcoding

Amazon Elastic Transcoder is an easy to use, highly scalable service for converting media files between different digital formats. It gives developers and businesses a simple and cost effective way to convert their media files from the source format into versions that will work on various devices.

Learn more about Amazon Elastic Transcoder »
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1,000,000

Requests

100,000

HTTP Notifications

1,000

Email Notifications

Amazon SNS (Amazon Simple Notification Service) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and send notifications from the cloud. It provides developers with a highly scalable, flexible, and cost-effective capability to publish messages from an application and immediately deliver them to subscribers or other applications.

Learn more about Amazon SNS »
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10,000

Activity Tasks

30,000

Workflow-Days

1,000

Initiated Executions

Whether automating business processes for finance or insurance applications, building sophisticated data analytics applications, or managing cloud infrastructure services, Amazon SWF (Amazon Simple Workflow Service) reliably coordinates all of the processing steps within an application.

Learn more about Amazon SWF »
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10

Metrics

10

Alarms

1,000,000

API Requests

Amazon CloudWatch provides scalable monitoring for AWS cloud resources and applications. It helps developers and system administrators gain visibility and insight to operate their systems. Use metrics to store monitoring data. Use alarms to trigger automated actions from your metrics.

Learn more about Amazon CloudWatch »
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3

Low Frequency Preconditions

5

Low Frequency Activities

AWS Data Pipeline is a web service that helps you reliably process and move data between different AWS compute and storage services as well as on-premise data sources at specified intervals.

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AWS Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy to find, compare, and immediately start using popular software on AWS. With the AWS Free Tier, you can use 750 hours of free Marketplace software each month on EC2 Micro Instances for one year.

The Infrastructure Software category offers leading operating systems, databases, and application stacks products that you can launch with 1-Click.

See all Infrastructure Software »

Learn more about AWS Marketplace »
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AWS Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy to find, compare, and immediately start using popular software on AWS. With the AWS Free Tier, you can use 750 hours of free Marketplace software each month on EC2 Micro Instances for one year.

The Business Software category offers leading content management, business intelligence, and CRM products that you can launch with 1-Click.

See all Business Software »

Learn more about AWS Marketplace »
Create an AWS account »

AWS Marketplace is an online store that makes it easy to find, compare, and immediately start using popular software on AWS. With the AWS Free Tier, you can use 750 hours of free Marketplace software each month on EC2 Micro Instances for one year.

The Developer Tools category offers leading monitoring, source control, bug tracking products that you can launch with 1-Click.

See all Developer Tools »

Learn more about AWS Marketplace »
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2,000 messages per day

When you call Amazon SES from an Amazon EC2 instance

Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is a cost-effective outbound-only email-sending service built on the reliable and scalable infrastructure that Amazon.com has developed to serve its own customer base. With Amazon SES, you can send transactional email, marketing messages, or any other type of high-quality content and you only pay for what you use.

Learn more about Amazon SES »
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  • 750 hours of Amazon EC2 Linux† Micro Instance usage (613 MB of memory and 32-bit and 64-bit platform support) – enough hours to run continuously each month*
  • 750 hours of Amazon EC2 Microsoft Windows Server‡ Micro Instance usage (613 MB of memory and 32-bit and 64-bit platform support) – enough hours to run continuously each month*
  • 750 hours of an Elastic Load Balancer plus 15 GB data processing*
  • 30 GB of Amazon Elastic Block Storage, plus 2 million I/Os and 1 GB of snapshot storage*
  • 5 GB of Amazon S3 standard storage, 20,000 Get Requests, and 2,000 Put Requests*

100 MB of storage, 5 units of write capacity, and 10 units of read capacity for Amazon DynamoDB.**

  • 750 hours of Amazon RDS Single-AZ Micro DB Instances, for running MySQL, Oracle BYOL or SQL Server (running SQL Server Express Edition) – enough hours to run a DB Instance continuously each month*
  • 20 GB of database storage
  • 10 million I/Os
  • 20 GB of backup storage for your automated database backups and any user-initiated DB Snapshots
  • 1,000 Amazon SWF workflow executions can be initiated for free. A total of 10,000 activity tasks, signals, timers and markers, and 30,000 workflow-days can also be used for free**
  • 20 minutes of SD transcoding or 10 minutes of HD transcoding**
  • 15 GB of bandwidth out aggregated across all AWS services*
  • 3 low frequency preconditions running on AWS per month*
  • 5 low frequency activities running on AWS per month*
  • 750 hours of Amazon ElastiCache - enough hours to run a Cache Node continuously each month.*

* These free tiers are only available to new AWS customers, and are available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date. When your free usage expires or if your application use exceeds the free usage tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details). Restrictions apply; see offer terms for more details.

** These free tiers do not expire after 12 months and are available to both existing and new AWS customers indefinitely.

† The following Linux variants are not eligible for the free usage tier as a software license is required: SuSe Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

‡ The following Windows variants are not eligible for the free usage tier: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Web, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Standard, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 64-bit for Cluster Instances and Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SQL Server 64-bit for Cluster Instances.

The AWS free usage tier applies to participating services across all AWS regions: US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), US West (Northern California), EU (Ireland), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and South America (Sao Paulo). Your free usage is calculated each month across all regions and automatically applied to your bill – free usage does not accumulate.


Amazon Web Services provides a flexible, scalable, low-cost cloud computing platform for businesses of all sizes all around the world. With AWS, you have access to the same reliable, secure technology platform used to power Amazon.com’s global web properties.

Beyond the AWS free usage tier, you only pay for the resources you use; there are no long-term contracts or up-front commitments.

With AWS, you have access to Amazon’s massive infrastructure – you can use the resources you need to scale your application up or down based on demand.

If it runs in your data center, it can run in the cloud. You choose the operating system, programming language, web application platform, software, and other tools to launch existing applications in the cloud or deploy new applications.

You can get started with AWS in minutes. Use the AWS Management Console, APIs, SDKs, or other development tools to get started quickly. Spend time focusing on your idea, not provisioning and managing hardware.


You can sign up today to automatically take advantage of AWS’s free usage tier.

  1. Sign-up for an AWS account and subscribe to the services you’d like to use.
  2. Enter your billing address and credit card information. You will not be charged unless your usage exceeds the free usage tiers.
  3. Start using AWS – See the Getting Started Guide AWS Free Usage Tier to learn how to get started with the free usage tier. Visit the Resources Section to find Getting Started Guides, development tools, and tutorials, or visit the Community Forums to get your questions answered.