AWS Directory Service provides multiple ways to set up and run Amazon Cloud Directory, Amazon Cognito, and Microsoft AD with other AWS services. Amazon Cloud Directory provides a highly scalable directory store for your application’s multihierarchical data. Amazon Cognito helps you create a directory store that authenticates your users either through your own user pools or through federated identity providers. AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as Microsoft AD, enables your directory-aware workloads and AWS resources to use a managed Active Directory in the AWS Cloud.  

Choose from any of the following directories:

Amazon Cloud Directory

With Cloud Directory, you can organize application data into multiple hierarchies to support many organizational pivots and relationships across directory information.

AD Connector

AD Connector uses your existing on-premises Microsoft Active Directory to access AWS applications and services.

Amazon Cognito

Amazon Cognito is a user directory that adds sign-up and sign-in to your mobile app or web application using Amazon Cognito User Pools.

Simple AD

Simple AD is a Microsoft Active Directory–compatible directory that is powered by Samba 4 and hosted on the AWS cloud.

Microsoft AD

Microsoft AD is a Microsoft Active Directory hosted on the AWS Cloud. It integrates most Active Directory features with AWS applications. 


Amazon Cloud Directory API Reference

Describes the API operations for Amazon Cloud Directory.


Directory Service API Reference

Describes the API operations for AWS Directory Service.



Amazon Cloud Directory in the AWS CLI

Describes the Cloud Directory commands in the AWS Command Line Interface.


AWS Directory Service in the AWS CLI

Describes the Directory Service commands in the AWS Command Line Interface.




Directory Service Administration Guide

Describes how to create and manage an Amazon Cloud Directory or other AWS Directory Service directory.