Create a Regional IPv4 pool - Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
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Create a Regional IPv4 pool

Follow the steps in this section to create a Regional pool within your top-level pool. If you need only a top-level pool, and don't need additional Regional and development pools, skip to Allocate CIDRs.

The following example shows the hierarchy of the pool structure that you create by following the instructions in this guide. At this step, you are creating the Regional IPAM pool:

  • IPAM operating in Amazon Region 1 and Amazon Region 2

    • Private scope

      • Top-level pool (

        • Regional pool in Amazon Region 1 (

          • Development pool for non-production VPCs (

            • Allocation for a VPC (

In the preceding example, the CIDRs that are used are examples only. They illustrate that each pool within the top-level pool is provisioned with a portion of the top-level CIDR.

Amazon Management Console
To create a Regional pool within a top-level pool
  1. Open the IPAM console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Pools.

  3. Choose Create pool.

  4. Under IPAM scope, choose the same scope that you used when you created the top-level pool. For more information about scopes, see How IPAM works.

  5. (Optional) Add a Name tag for the pool and a description for the pool.

  6. Under Source, choose IPAM pool. Then choose the top-level pool that you created in the previous section.

  7. Under Resource planning, leave Plan IP space within the scope selected. For more information about using this option to plan for subnet IP space within a VPC, see Tutorial: Plan VPC IP address space for subnet IP allocations.

  8. Choose the locale for the pool. Choosing a locale ensures there are no cross-region dependencies between your pool and the resources allocating from it. The available options come from the operating Regions that you chose when you created your IPAM.

    The locale is the Amazon Region where you want this IPAM pool to be available for allocations. For example, you can only allocate a CIDR for a VPC from an IPAM pool that shares a locale with the VPC’s Region. Note that when you have chosen a locale for a pool, you cannot modify it. If the home Region of the IPAM is unavailable due to an outage and the pool has a locale different than the home Region of the IPAM, the pool can still be used to allocate IP addresses.


    If you are creating a pool in the Free Tier, you can only choose the locale that matches the home Region of your IPAM. To use all IPAM features across locales, upgrade to the Advanced Tier.

  9. (Optional) Choose a CIDR to provision for the pool. You can create a pool without a CIDR, but you won’t be able to use the pool for allocations until you’ve provisioned a CIDR for it. You can add CIDRs to a pool at any time by editing the pool.

  10. You have the same allocation rule options here as you did when you created the top-level pool. See Create a top-level IPv4 pool for an explanation of the options that are available when you create pools. The allocation rules for the Regional pool are not inherited from the top-level pool. If you do not apply any rules here, there will be no allocation rules set for the pool.

  11. (Optional) Choose Tags for the pool.

  12. When you’ve finished configuring your pool, choose Create pool.

  13. See Create a development IPv4 pool.

Command line

The commands in this section link to the Amazon CLI Reference documentation. The documentation provides detailed descriptions of the options that you can use when you run the commands.

Use the following Amazon CLI commands to create a Regional pool in your IPAM:

  1. Get the ID of the scope that you want to create the pool in: describe-ipam-scopes

  2. Get the ID of the pool that you want to create the pool in: describe-ipam-pools

  3. Create the pool: create-ipam-pool

  4. View the new pool: describe-ipam-pools

Repeat these steps to create additional pools within the top-level pool, as needed.