How Do I Access My EC2 Web Server Instance?


Heather Bennett

Are you new to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and wondering how to access your EC2 web server instance? Look no further! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Login to AWS Console

The first thing you need to do is log in to your AWS console. Open your preferred web browser and visit the AWS Management Console.

Enter your login credentials and click on the “Sign In” button. You should now be redirected to the AWS dashboard.

Step 2: Navigate to EC2 Service

Once you are logged in, you will see a search bar at the top of the page. Type “EC2” into the search bar and select “EC2” from the drop-down menu. This will take you to the EC2 service dashboard.

Step 3: Locate Your EC2 Instance

In the EC2 dashboard, locate the “Instances” link on the left-hand side menu and click on it. Here, you will find a list of all your EC2 instances.

If you already have an instance set up, find it in the list and make note of its instance ID or any unique identifier that helps you identify it.

If You Don’t Have an Instance Yet

If you don’t have an instance set up yet, click on the “Launch Instance” button to create a new one. Follow the prompts and configure your instance as per your requirements. Once created, come back to this tutorial and proceed with Step 4.

Step 4: Connect to Your EC2 Instance using SSH

To connect to your EC2 instance, you will need an SSH client. If you’re using a Mac or Linux computer, you can use the built-in terminal. If you’re on Windows, you can use a tool like PuTTY.

Open your preferred SSH client and enter the following command:

ssh -i path/to/your/key.pem user@ec2-instance-ip

Replace “path/to/your/key.pem” with the path to your private key file. Replace “user” with the username associated with your EC2 instance (usually “ec2-user”). Finally, replace “ec2-instance-ip” with the public IP address of your EC2 instance.

If everything is set up correctly, you will be prompted to confirm the connection by typing “yes”. Once confirmed, you should be logged into your EC2 instance via SSH.


SSH Command: ssh -i ~/.ssh/my-key.pem ec2-user@

Congratulations! You’ve Successfully Accessed Your EC2 Instance!

You have now learned how to access your EC2 web server instance using SSH. From here, you can configure and manage your server as per your requirements.

If you encounter any issues during this process, double-check that your security groups and network settings are properly configured to allow SSH connections to your EC2 instance.

  • Note: Remember to always keep your private key file (.pem) secure and never share it with anyone.
  • Troubleshooting Tip: If you receive a “Permission denied” error when attempting to connect via SSH, try changing the permissions of your private key file using the command: chmod 400 path/to/your/key.pem

Now that you have access to your EC2 instance, you can start deploying your web applications and websites. Happy coding!

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