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How to Open AWS Cloud Shell

January 16, 2021
 

Overview

Amazon Web Services (AWS) gives you two web browser-based tools for managing your AWS cloud resources:

  1. Console: a graphical user interface (GUI) that gives you visual buttons and menus; and
  2. Cloud Shell: a command line interface (CLI) that allows you to enter text-based commands.

When you first sign in to your account at https://aws.amazon.com/, you're taken to the Console. From there, you can click on a button with a terminal icon (which looks like >_) to launch the Cloud Shell.

You can also directly open Cloud Shell using a URL, as described in the next section of this article.

Cloud Shell URLs

As of the date of publication of this article, AWS Cloud Shell is available in the regions listed below. Using Cloud Shell in the region that's geographically closest to you should give you the fastest connection - i.e., letters should show up faster on screen when you type, and file uploads/downloads to and from Cloud Shell should be faster.

You can create and manage resources in any Amazon region from any Cloud Shell, regardless of the Cloud Shell region. For example, you can use Cloud Shell in the us-west-2 (Oregon) region to manage EC2 servers in the ap-northeast-2 (Seoul) region, even though there is no Cloud Shell available in the ap-northeast-2 region.

Asia Pacific

Europe

United States