How Do I Start AWS Web Server?


Angela Bailey

Starting an AWS web server is a crucial step in deploying your website or application to the cloud. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of setting up an AWS web server, from creating an instance to configuring it for your specific needs.

Step 1: Create an EC2 Instance

To start, you need to create an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance. Follow these steps:

  • Sign in to the AWS Management Console.
  • In the Services menu, select EC2.
  • Click on “Instances” in the left navigation pane.
  • Click “Launch Instance”.
  • Select an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) that best suits your needs.

    For example, you can choose Amazon Linux AMI.

  • Select an instance type based on your requirements.
  • Configure the instance details, such as network settings and storage.
  • Add any required tags, such as a name for your instance.
  • Create a new key pair or select an existing one. This allows you to securely connect to your instance using SSH.
  • Review and launch.
  • Select an existing security group or create a new one. This defines the inbound and outbound traffic rules for your instance.
  • Launch the instance.

Step 2: Connect to Your Instance

Once you have launched your EC2 instance, you need to connect to it:

  • Locate your instance in the EC2 Dashboard.
  • Select your instance and click on “Connect”.
  • Follow the instructions provided to connect using SSH or other methods.

Step 3: Configure Your Web Server

After connecting to your EC2 instance, you are ready to configure your web server:

  • Update the package repository by running the following command:
    sudo apt-get update
  • Install Apache, a popular web server software, using the following command:
    sudo apt-get install apache2 -y
  • Start Apache by running:
    sudo service apache2 start
  • To ensure Apache starts automatically on boot, run:
    sudo systemctl enable apache2
  • You can now test if your web server is running by opening a web browser and entering your instance’s public IP address. You should see the default Apache page.

Step 4: Configure Security Groups and Ports (Optional)

If you want to allow incoming traffic for specific ports or protocols, you can configure security groups:

  • In the EC2 Dashboard, select your instance and click on “Actions”.
  • Select “Networking”, then click on “Change Security Groups”.
  • You can either select an existing security group or create a new one.
  • Edit the inbound rules to allow traffic on desired ports, such as HTTP (port 80) or HTTPS (port 443).

Step 5: Deploy Your Website or Application

With your AWS web server up and running, you can now deploy your website or application:

  • Upload your files to your instance using a file transfer method like SCP or SFTP.
  • If you are using a database, make sure to set it up and configure your web application accordingly.
  • Test your website or application by accessing it through a web browser using the instance’s public IP address or domain name.


Congratulations! You have successfully started an AWS web server.

By following these steps, you can now deploy and host your website or application in the cloud using Amazon EC2. Remember to monitor and manage your instances and security groups regularly to ensure optimal performance and security.

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