How do I use CloudFront to serve HTTPS requests for my Amazon S3 bucket?

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I want to configure an Amazon CloudFront distribution to serve HTTPS requests for my Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).


  1. Open the CloudFront console.
  2. Choose Create Distribution.
  3. Under Origin, for Origin domain, choose your S3 bucket's REST API endpoint from the dropdown list. Or, enter your S3 bucket's website endpoint. For more information, see Key differences between a website endpoint and a REST API endpoint.
  4. Under Default cache behavior, Viewer, for Viewer Protocol Policy, select HTTP and HTTPS or Redirect HTTP to HTTPS.
    Note: Choosing HTTPS Only blocks all HTTP requests.

If you're not using an Alternate domain name (CNAME) with CloudFront, then choose Create Distribution to complete the process. If you are using a CNAME, then follow these additional steps before you create the distribution:

  1. For Alternate Domain Names (CNAMEs), choose Add item, and then enter your alternate domain name.
  2. For Custom SSL Certificate, choose the custom SSL certificate from the dropdown list that covers your CNAME to assign it to the distribution.
    Note: For more information on installing a certificate, see How do I configure my CloudFront distribution to use an SSL/TLS certificate?
  3. Choose Create distribution.
    Note: After you choose Create distribution, 20 or more minutes can elapse for your distribution to be deployed.

For information on using your distribution with Amazon S3, see Using an Amazon S3 bucket. When you use the Amazon S3 static website endpoint, connections between CloudFront and Amazon S3 are available only over HTTP. For information on HTTPS connections between CloudFront and Amazon S3, see How do I use CloudFront to serve a static website hosted on Amazon S3?

Be sure to update the DNS for your domain to a CNAME record that points to the CloudFront distribution's provided domain. You can find your distribution's domain name in the CloudFront console.

If you're using Amazon Route 53 as your DNS provider, then see Configuring Amazon Route 53 to route traffic to a CloudFront distribution. If you're using another DNS provider, then you can create a CNAME record ( CNAME to point to the distribution's domain.

Important: DNS standards require that an apex domain ( use an authoritative (A) record that maps to an IP address. You can point your apex domain to your CloudFront distribution only if you're using Route 53. If you're using another DNS provider, then you must use a subdomain (

For additional troubleshooting based on your endpoint type, see the following:

Related information

Amazon CloudFront pricing

Requiring HTTPS for communication between CloudFront and your Amazon S3 origin

Website endpoints

Create a CloudFront distribution

AWS OFFICIALUpdated 6 months ago