What is the AWS Free Tier, and how do I use it?

Last updated: 2019-08-05

I want to test AWS using resources covered under the AWS Free Tier. How does the AWS Free Tier work, and what are some things to keep in mind while using it?

Short Description

The AWS Free Tier is automatically activated on each new AWS account. The AWS Free Tier lasts for one year. While the AWS Free Tier is active, you can try many AWS services for free.

However, not all AWS services are free. You are responsible for any charges you incur while using AWS services. You must monitor your usage to make sure that you are not exceeding the limitations covered under the Free Tier.

Resolution

Keep the following in mind when using the AWS Free Tier:

Not all AWS services are covered under the AWS Free Tier

Check the AWS Free Tier offerings to make sure that the services you intend to use are covered.

Not all free usage is part of the AWS Free Tier

Some services offer a separate free trial option. Other services offer some level of service for free, whether or not your account is covered under the AWS Free Tier.

Check the service's pricing documentation to find out if that service has a free trial option.

AWS does not limit what you can launch

There are no programmatic tools to limit usage to what's covered by the AWS Free Tier. This means that you are responsible for the services that you launch. AWS provides tools to help you monitor your usage, but you must configure and monitor them.


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