Getting Started with Amazon AWS
AWS services or capabilities described in AWS documentation might vary by Region. To see the differences applicable to the China Regions, see Getting Started with Amazon AWS.

Managing Amazon AWS

There are several tools that you can use to create and manage Amazon AWS resources.

  • AWS Management Console – A graphical user interface that you access online at The AWS Management Console is the fastest way to get started with Amazon AWS; there is nothing to install. Some services, however, have features that can't be accessed from the console. For more information, see Using the Console or the service documentation.

  • AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) – A text-based tool that you install on your desktop. With the AWS CLI, you can manage and script against multiple Amazon AWS resources directly from the command line. Some services also offer custom CLIs. For more information, see AWS Command Line Tools.

  • Software Development Kits (SDKs) – Class libraries and tools that you add to your application so it can manage Amazon AWS resources. AWS offers SDKs in a variety of programming and scripting languages. The SDKs are the easiest way to write applications that interface with Amazon AWS; they provide functions that you can call to authenticate your application's connection to Amazon AWS. For more information, see AWS SDKs

  • Query APIs – Low-level APIs that are exposed online through service- and Region-specific endpoints (for example, for the Beijing Region, and for the Ningxia Region). You call API actions by using HTTP requests. The APIs reflect the latest functionality of each service. If your application uses the API instead of an SDK, however, you must implement the functionality to generate the proper signatures to authenticate your requests.