Getting started using Elastic Beanstalk - Amazon Elastic Beanstalk
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Getting started using Elastic Beanstalk

To help you understand how Amazon Elastic Beanstalk works, this tutorial walks you through creating, exploring, updating, and deleting an Elastic Beanstalk application. It takes less than an hour to complete.

There is no cost for using Elastic Beanstalk, but the Amazon resources that it creates for this tutorial are live (and don't run in a sandbox). You incur the standard usage fees for these resources until you terminate them at the end of this tutorial. The total charges are typically less than a dollar. For information about how to minimize charges, see Amazon free tier.

Setting up: Create an Amazon account

If you're not already an Amazon customer, you need to create an Amazon account. Signing up enables you to access Elastic Beanstalk and other Amazon services that you need.

Sign up for an Amazon Web Services account

If you do not have an Amazon Web Services account, use the following procedure to create one.

To sign up for Amazon Web Services
  1. Open and choose Sign Up.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Amazon sends you a confirmation email after the sign-up process is complete. At any time, you can view your current account activity and manage your account by going to and choosing My Account.

Secure IAM users

After you sign up for an Amazon Web Services account, safeguard your administrative user by turning on multi-factor authentication (MFA). For instructions, see Enable a virtual MFA device for an IAM user (console) in the IAM User Guide.

To give other users access to your Amazon Web Services account resources, create IAM users. To secure your IAM users, turn on MFA and only give the IAM users the permissions needed to perform their tasks.

For more information about creating and securing IAM users, see the following topics in the IAM User Guide: