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CloudFront is the CDN of AWS (Amazon Web Services), the world's largest cloud services provider. CloudFront offers a mature set of content delivery products and has a big network of POPs on many continents. Solid documentation and APIs make CloudFront a developer-friendly CDN.
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CloudFront Products

View the table below for more insight into CloudFront products.
Hover over/touch the product to view a short description.

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Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Dynamic Content Delivery
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB)
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB)
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain AWS Route53
WAFWeb Application Firewall AWS WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Lambda@Edge

CloudFront Network

CloudFront has POPs on almost all continents including a good presence in Asia and even mainland China (4 POPs).
CloudFront network map

Click the country flag icon to navigate to a page showing all CDNs with POP(s) in that country
* = planned POPs
** = multiple POPs

North America 3 locations in 2 countries
United States flag United States Ashburn** - Atlanta** - Boston** - Chicago** - Dallas** - Denver** - Houston** - Los Angeles** - Miami** - Minneapolis** - New York** - Phoenix** - San Jose** - Seattle** - Philadelphia - Salt Lake City
Canada flag Canada Montreal** - Toronto** - Vancouver
Latin America 5 locations in 5 countries
Argentina flag Argentina Buenos Aires
Brazil flag Brazil São Paulo** - Rio de Janeiro
Chile flag Chile Santiago
Colombia flag Colombia Bogotá
Mexico flag Mexico Querétaro**
Peru flag Peru Lima
Europe 12 locations in 12 countries
Austria flag Austria Vienna**
Belgium flag Belgium Brussels
Bulgaria flag Bulgaria Sofia
Switzerland flag Switzerland Zurich
Czech Republic flag Czech Republic Prague
Germany flag Germany Berlin** - Düsseldorf** - Frankfurt** - Hamburg** - Munich**
Denmark flag Denmark Copenhagen**
Spain flag Spain Madrid**
Finland flag Finland Helsinki**
France flag France Marseille** - Paris**
United Kingdom flag United Kingdom London** - Manchester**
Greece flag Greece Athens
Croatia flag Croatia Zagreb
Hungary flag Hungary Budapest
Ireland flag Ireland Dublin**
Italy flag Italy Milan** - Palermo** - Rome** - Palermo
Netherlands flag Netherlands Amsterdam**
Norway flag Norway Oslo**
Poland flag Poland Warsaw
Portugal flag Portugal Lisbon
Romania flag Romania Bucharest
Sweden flag Sweden Stockholm
Russia & CIS No edge servers
Asia excl. China 3 locations in 2 countries
Hong Kong flag Hong Kong Hong Kong**
Indonesia flag Indonesia Jakarta**
India flag India Bangalore** - Chennai** - Hyderabad** - Kolkata** - Mumbai** - New Delhi**
Japan flag Japan Osaka** - Tokyo**
Malaysia flag Malaysia Kuala Lumpur**
South Korea flag South Korea Seoul**
Philippines flag Philippines Manila
Singapore flag Singapore Singapore**
Thailand flag Thailand Bangkok**
Taiwan flag Taiwan Taipei**
Vietnam flag Vietnam Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh
China 4 locations in 1 country
China flag China Beijing - Shenzhen - Shanghai - Zhongwei
Oceania 1 location in 1 country
Australia flag Australia Melbourne** - Perth** - Sydney** - Perth
New Zealand flag New Zealand Auckland**
Middle East 2 locations in 1 country
United Arab Emirates flag United Arab Emirates Dubai - Fujairah
Bahrain flag Bahrain Manama**
Israel flag Israel Tel Aviv**
Turkey flag Turkey Istanbul**
Africa 4 locations in 3 countries
Kenya flag Kenya Nairobi
Nigeria flag Nigeria Lagos
South Africa flag South Africa Johannesburg - Cape Town

CloudFront Pricing

CloudFront is Pay As You Go with tiered pricing. Discounted rates are available based on a commit in an annual contract. With CloudFront, you can lower the prices you pay to deliver content out of Amazon CloudFront by selecting a non-default Price Class (not all POPs turned on). Customer cert HTTPS is free (SNI) or $600/m if you need non-SNI.
CloudFront pricing

Pricing & contract duration
Minimum contract term None
Minimum monthly costs None
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests $0.0075 - $0.022 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred $0.02 - $0.16 per GB (free if origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB (India: $0.109)
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.11 per GB

CloudFront Features

View the tables below for more insight into the features CloudFront supports.
Hover over/touch the feature name to view a short description.

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Web acceleration
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performance No performance degradation when using http(s):// Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 HTTP/2 announcement (Sep 2016)
HTTP/3 HTTP/3 announcement
WebSockets CDN Guide: WebSockets Technology for bidirectional communication in client-server apps Using WebSockets with CloudFront distributions
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: Compression Reduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge and supports Brotli
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin Shield CDN Guide: Origin Shield One POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Origin Shield docs
Waiting RoomDuring peak traffic, route users to a virtual waiting room Virtual Waiting Room on AWS
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin
Cache control - CDN caching
Cache control - client caching
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve Stale CDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Supports Cache-Control extensions
Purge CDN Guide: Purge Invalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Purge Speed
Purge - capabilities Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content
IP white/blacklisting Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses

CloudFront Support

Documentation Yes, public. API docs
Human support Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs
Status Page AWS status page

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