There are several ways to get started with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling. This page provides resources that can help you manage and scale your EC2 fleets quickly and easily.

  • AWS Management Console

    Step 1: Sign into the AWS Management Console

    Create an account and sign into the console. With Amazon EC2, you pay only for what you use. If you are a new AWS customer, you can get started with Amazon EC2 for free. For more information, see AWS Free Tier.

    Step 2: Create an Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling group

    Using the Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling wizard, create the launch configuration, specifying a name, AMI, instance type, and other details.

    Step 3: Configure your Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling group

    Specify a name, size, and network for your Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling group.

    Step 4: Add Elastic Load Balancers (Optional)

    When you set up Auto Scaling with Elastic Load Balancing, you can automatically distribute incoming application traffic across Amazon EC2 instances within your Auto Scaling groups to build highly available, fault-tolerant applications.

    Associate your load balancer with your Auto Scaling group to distribute traffic for your application across a fleet of EC2 instances that can scale with demand.

    You must first create a load balancer.

    Step 5: Configure Scaling Policies (Optional)

    Configure scaling policies for your Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling group.

  • AWS Command Line Tools (CLI)

    You can access the features of Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling using the AWS CLI, which provides commands for a broad set of AWS products, including Amazon EC2 and Amazon CloudWatch. For more information about the commands for Amazon EC2 uto Scaling, see the Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling section of the AWS Command Line Interface Reference.

  • AWS Software Development Kits (SDKs)

    Get started with Amazon Auto Scaling by using APIs tailored to your programming language or platform, or AWS Mobile SDK to help you build high-quality mobile apps quickly and easily. See Tools for Amazon Web Services for more information.


Get hands-on with Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling using these quick, self-guided tutorials. For more simple “Hello, World!” tutorials, browse AWS 10-minute Tutorials.

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

Create a template that defines your EC2 instances and create an EC2 Auto Scaling group to maintain the healthy number of instances at all times

Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

Attach a load balancer to your Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling group to automatically distribute incoming traffic across EC2 instances

Elastic Load Balancing

Create a classic load balancer in the AWS Management Console that receives public HTTP traffic and sends it to your EC2 instances.


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