AWS Free Tier

Natasha Ong
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How do I use AWS?

To get access to AWS, you will need a subscription. Yup, most subscriptions come with a cost, but AWS has created a special free version for learners like you!

AWS Free Tier can be used for creating new applications, testing applications in the cloud, or simply getting hands-on experience with AWS!

We'll be using AWS Free Tier for the rest of this course, so here's what you need to know.


What's AWS Free Tier?

Think of AWS Free Tier as your ticket to using AWS from your own device. 🎩✨

We'll get to try out Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and many more services without spending a cent. AWS Free Tier gives you a mix of three different offers:

  • 12 months free: these services are free for a whole year after signing up. After 12 months, you'll need to pay to use them.
  • Always free: some services are free even as long as you have an AWS account, so they won't get locked away after 12 months. BUT AWS will start charging once you use more than the specific amount you're allowed to use it for.
  • Free trials: these services are available for free for a shorter period of time (around 2-3 months) before their normal prices kick in.

These offers are like getting a taste test of ice cream flavours before committing to a scoop! 🍦


What exactly do I get for free?

Some goodies in AWS Free Tier are 12 months of free storage with Amazon S3, and free computing power with Amazon EC2. 🀀

We'll be making the most out of this - so get ready to be hands-on with AWS services! We'll make sure our exercises don't go beyond Free Tier limits (so you won't get charged).

But, you'll need to be careful and set up spending alerts just in case. We'll show you how to do this in the next module.

For now, let's start by creating a Free Tier account! ✨


An extra tip for the curious

If you ever want to find out the full list of free things in your account, head to

There, you can filter services by type and category, helping you discover the perfect AWS services for your needs. πŸ—ΊοΈ We don't recommend doing this just yet - just in case all the services it mentions gets a bit overwhelming!