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Sending and receiving events between Amazon accounts in Amazon EventBridge

You can configure EventBridge to send and receive events between event buses in Amazon accounts. When you configure EventBridge to send or receive events between accounts, you can specify which Amazon accounts can send events to or receive events from the event bus in your account. You can also allow or deny events from specific rules associated with the event bus, or events from specific sources. For more information, see Simplifying cross-account access with Amazon EventBridge resource policies


If you use Amazon Organizations, you can specify an organization and grant access to all accounts in that organization. In addition, the sending event bus must have IAM roles attached to them when sending events to another account. For more information, see What is Amazon Organizations in the Amazon Organizations User Guide.


If you're using an Incident Manager response plan as a target, all the response plans that are shared with your account are available by default.

You can send and receive events between event buses in Amazon accounts within the same Region in all Regions and between accounts in different Regions as long as the destination Region is a supported cross-Region destination Region.

The steps to configure EventBridge to send events to or receive events from an event bus in a different account include the following:

  • On the receiver account, edit the permissions on an event bus to allow specified Amazon accounts, an organization, or all Amazon accounts to send events to the receiver account.

  • On the sender account, set up one or more rules that have the receiver account's event bus as the target.

    If the sender account inherits permissions to send events from an Amazon Organization, the sender account also must have an IAM role with policies that enable it to send events to the receiver account. If you use the Amazon Web Services Management Console to create the rule that targets the event bus in the receiver account, the role is created automatically. If you use the Amazon CLI, you must create the role manually.

  • On the receiver account, set up one or more rules that match events that come from the sender account.

Events sent from one account to another are charged to the sending account as custom events. The receiving account is not charged. For more information, see Amazon EventBridge Pricing.

If a receiver account sets up a rule that sends events received from a sender account on to a third account, these events are not sent to the third account.

If you have three event buses in the same account, and set up a rule on the first event bus to forward events from the second event bus to a third event bus, those events are not sent to the third event bus.

The following video covers routing events between accounts:

Grant permissions to allow events from other Amazon accounts

To receive events from other accounts or organizations, you must first edit the permissions on the event bus where you intend to receive events. The default event bus accepts events from Amazon services, other authorized Amazon accounts, and PutEvents calls. The permissions for an event bus are granted or denied using a resource-based policy attached to the event bus. In the policy, you can grant permissions to other Amazon accounts using the account ID, or to an Amazon organization using the organization ID. To learn more about event bus permissions, including example policies, see Permissions for event buses in Amazon EventBridge.


EventBridge now requires all new cross account event bus targets to add IAM roles. This only applies to event bus targets created after March 2, 2023. Applications created without an IAM role before that date are not affected. However, we recommend adding IAM roles to grant users access to resources in another account, as this ensures organization boundaries using Service Control Policies (SCPs) are applied to determine who can send and receive events from accounts in your organization.


If you choose to receive events from all Amazon accounts, be careful to create rules that match only the events to receive from others. To create more secure rules, make sure that the event pattern for each rule contains an Account field with the account IDs of one or more accounts from which to receive events. Rules that have an event pattern containing an Account field do not match events sent from accounts that are not listed in the Account field. For more information, see Amazon EventBridge events.

Rules for events between Amazon accounts

If your account is set up to receive events from event buses in other Amazon accounts, you can write rules that match those events. Set the event pattern of the rule to match the events you are receiving from event buses in the other account.

Unless you specify account in the event pattern of a rule, any of your account's rules, both new and existing, that match events you receive from event buses in other accounts trigger based on those events. If you are receiving events from event buses in another account, and you want a rule to trigger only on that event pattern when it is generated from your own account, you must add account and specify your own account ID to the event pattern of the rule.

If you set up your Amazon account to accept events from event buses in all Amazon accounts, we strongly recommend that you add account to every EventBridge rule in your account. This prevents rules in your account from triggering on events from unknown Amazon accounts. When you specify the account field in the rule, you can specify the account IDs of more than one Amazon account in the field.

To have a rule trigger on a matching event from any event buses in Amazon account that you have granted permissions to, do not specify * in the account field of the rule. Doing so would not match any events, because * never appears in the account field of an event. Instead, just omit the account field from the rule.

Creating rules that send events between Amazon accounts

Specifying an event bus in another account as a target is part of creating the rule.

To create a rule that sends events to a different Amazon account using the console
  1. Follow the steps in the Creating rules that react to events in Amazon EventBridge procedure.

  2. In the Select targets step, when prompted to choose a target type:

    1. Select EventBridge event bus.

    2. Select Event bus in a different account or Region.

    3. For Event bus as target, enter the ARN of the event bus you want to use.

  3. Complete creating the rule following the procedure steps.