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

  • Available/supported = Yes
  • Partially = Sort of/partially
  • Not available/supported = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Available/supported Dynamic Content Delivery
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Streaming Media
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Available/supported AWS Route53
WAFWeb Application Firewall Available/supported AWS WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported AWS Shield
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported


CloudFront has POPs on almost all continents including a good presence in Asia. For China acceleration, they partner with Prime Networks.
CloudFront network map

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Region POPs Locations
North America 23 United States Ashburn - Atlanta - Boston - Chicago - Dallas - Denver - Hayward - Hillsboro - Houston - Jacksonville - Los Angeles - Miami - Minneapolis - New York - Newark - Palo Alto - Philadelphia - Phoenix - San Jose - Seattle - South Bend
Canada Montreal - Toronto
Latin America 2 Brazil Rio de Janeiro - São Paulo
Europe 20 Austria Vienna
Switzerland Zurich
Czech Republic Prague
Germany Berlin - Frankfurt - Munich
Denmark Copenhagen
Spain Madrid
Finland Helsinki
France Marseille - Paris
United Kingdom London - Manchester
Ireland Dublin
Italy Milan - Palermo
Netherlands Amsterdam
Norway Oslo
Poland Warsaw
Sweden Stockholm
Russia & CIS 0
Asia, excl China 12 Hong Kong Hong Kong
Japan Osaka - Tokyo
India Chennai - Hyderabad - Mumbai - New Delhi
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
South Korea Seoul
Philippines Manila
Singapore Singapore
Taiwan Taipei
China 0
Oceania 3 Australia Melbourne - Perth - Sydney
Middle-East 2 United Arab Emirates Dubai - Fujairah
Africa 2 South Africa Johannesburg - Cape Town


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 is origin is AWS)
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.085 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.14 per GB (India: $0.17)
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.25 per GB


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

  • Available/supported = Yes
  • Partially = Sort of/partially
  • Not available/supported = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Partially ~10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s):// Partially Only if used together with AWS Route53
HTTP/2 Available/supported HTTP/s announcement (Sep 2016)
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Available/supported IPv6 support announcement (Oct 2016)
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend, or compress on edge
tooltip CloudFront can compress many content types on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldCDN Guide: Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Not available/supported CloudFront does request collapsing though
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Unknown
Cache control - client caching Unknown
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Available/supported No Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported 1 minute or faster
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all and by directory/file type (wildcards)
Analytics Available/supported Amazon CloudFront Reports & Analytics
Log files Partially Only delivered to S3
tooltip CloudFront delivers access logs for a distribution up to several times an hour
API Available/supported Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like Available/supported Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Available/supported Free (SNI) or $600/m for non-SNI
Token authentication Available/supported Serving Private Content through CloudFront
Geo blocking Available/supported Restricting the Geographic Distribution of Your Content
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Extra costs Use AWS WAF for Referer Checking
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Extra costs Use AWS WAF to Block IP Addresses


Customer support
Documentation Available/supported Yes, public. API docs
Humans Extra costs Community support is free. Email and phone support (AWS Support) available at extra costs

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