Creating an Elastic Beanstalk environment - Amazon Elastic Beanstalk
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Creating an Elastic Beanstalk environment

An Amazon Elastic Beanstalk environment is a collection of Amazon resources running an application version. You can deploy multiple environments when you need to run multiple versions of an application. For example, you might have development, integration, and production environments.

The following procedure launches a new environment running the default application. These steps are simplified to get your environment up and running quickly, using default option values. For detailed instructions with descriptions of the many options you can use to configure the resources that Elastic Beanstalk deploys on your behalf, see The create new environment wizard.


To launch an environment with a sample application (console)

  1. Open the Elastic Beanstalk console, and in the Regions list, select your Amazon Region.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Applications, and then choose an existing application's name in the list or create one.

  3. On the application overview page, choose Create a new environment.

        The application overview page with a list of application environments on the Elastic Beanstalk console
  4. Next, for environment tier, choose the Web server environment or Worker environment environment tier. You can't change an environment's tier after creation.


    The .NET on Windows Server platform doesn't support the worker environment tier.

        The Select environment tier page on the Elastic Beanstalk console
  5. For Platform, select the platform and platform branch that match the language your application uses.


    Elastic Beanstalk supports multiple versions for most of the platforms that are listed. By default, the console selects the recommended version for the platform and platform branch you choose. If your application requires a different version, you can select it here, or choose Configure more options, as described in step 7. For information about supported platform versions, see Elastic Beanstalk supported platforms.

  6. For Application code, choose Sample application.

  7. To further customize your environment, choose Configure more options. You can set the following options only during environment creation:

    • Environment name

    • Domain name

    • Platform version

    • Processor

    • VPC

    • Tier

    You can change the following settings after environment creation, but they require new instances or other resources to be provisioned and can take a long time to apply:

    • Instance type, root volume, key pair, and Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) role

    • Internal Amazon RDS database

    • Load balancer

    For details on all available settings, see The create new environment wizard.

  8. Choose Create environment.

While Elastic Beanstalk creates your environment, you are redirected to the Elastic Beanstalk console. When the environment health turns green, choose the URL next to the environment name to view the running application. This URL is generally accessible from the internet unless you configure your environment to use a custom VPC with an internal load balancer.