AWS SNS: Simplifying the Cloud Messaging Marvels

What is Amazon SNS?

AWS Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a fully managed messaging service provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS). It enables the creation and management of distributed, event-driven systems and applications by allowing the decoupling of microservices, distributed systems, and serverless applications.

What cool stuff can you do with AWS SNS?

  • Event Notifications: SNS is often used to send notifications about events or changes in your AWS resources. For example, you can receive alerts about changes in your Amazon EC2 instances or database tables.
  • Application Decoupling: SNS helps decouple the components of a distributed system or microservices architecture. It allows different parts of an application to communicate without being tightly coupled.
  • Mobile Push Notifications: SNS supports sending push notifications to mobile devices, making it easy to notify users of new content, updates, or events within your mobile applications.
  • Email Notifications: You can use SNS to send email notifications for various purposes, such as alerting administrators about system events or notifying users about account-related activities.
  • Internet of Things (IoT): SNS can be employed in IoT applications to send notifications or alerts based on events detected by connected devices.

Important terms you should know about:

  • SNS Topic: An AWS SNS Topic is like a virtual channel for sending messages or notifications. It's a way to organize and manage who gets certain messages. When you publish a message to an SNS topic, all the subscribers who are interested in that topic receive the message. Think of it as a cool club where members get updates about specific topics they care about!

Now, it's time to give the AWS SNS service a spin!

Let's create a special place to share all the fun updates! ๐ŸŽ‰ Follow these easy steps to make your own cool broadcast channel. ๐Ÿ“ข

  1. Log in to your AWS console.
  2. Navigate to Simple Notification Service (SNS) in the services panel.
  3. In the Create topic section, provide the topic name as EmailsTopic and click on Next step.
  4. On the following page, choose Standard as the topic type. We'll delve into the differences between these types in a later blog.
  5. Keep the default settings and click Create topic at the bottom of the page.
  6. Once the topic is created, you'll be redirected to the topic's page.
  7. ๐ŸŽ‰ Fantastic news! ๐Ÿš€ You've successfully established your personalized email broadcasting channel. ๐Ÿ“งโœจ

Time to put our awesome channel to the test! ๐Ÿš€โœจ

Time to join the hype โ€“ let's subscribe to our channel and let the email excitement begin! ๐Ÿ“งโœจ

  1. Select the Subscriptions tab (it's selected by default).
  2. Click on Create subscription.
  3. In the Create subscription page, choose Email from the Protocol dropdown list.
  4. Enter your email address in the Endpoint text box.
  5. Click Create subscription.
  6. Check your inbox for an email from to confirm your subscription.
  7. Once confirmed, you can start receiving email notifications from this topic.
  8. Return to your topic's page and click Publish message.
  9. Enter a subject for your notification, for example, Testing AWS SNS.
  10. Type your notification body in the Message body, for example, This is a test notification from
  11. Click Publish message and check your inbox.


We explored AWS SNS, examined its practical applications, set up our broadcasting channel, and conducted a successful test.