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AWS Cloud9: What It Is & How It Works

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AWS Cloud9: What It Is & How It Works

AWS Cloud9: What It Is & How It Works
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud9 is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) that allows developers to write, run, and debug code in a web browser.

With Cloud9, developers can work with code written in a variety of programming languages, including C++, Python, PHP, and JavaScript. This means that you can skip the installation or configuration process of the development machine while starting a new project.

AWS Cloud9 is a cloud-based service, which means that it can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection, which is essentially one of its main benefits. It is a convenient tool for developers who prefer to work remotely or who are collaborating with a team. AWS Cloud9 includes tools for sharing and version control, which make it easy for developers to access the same development environment in the cloud simultaneously.

How Does AWS Cloud9 Work?

To work with your AWS Cloud9 environment, you need to use the Cloud9 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which you can access via a web browser on your local computer. Your computing resource - such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance or your own server - will connect to the Cloud9 environment. Your work will be saved in an AWS CodeCommit repository or a remote repository of your choice.

How To Use AWS Cloud9

To use Cloud9, developers first need to create an AWS account. Once the account is set up, they can create a new Cloud9 development environment and choose the programming language, runtime environment, and environment type that they want to utilize. Developers can also import existing code repositories from GitHub or other version control systems into their Cloud9 environment. This process is further described in detail with the steps below:

  1. Go to the Cloud9 homepage in the AWS Management Console.
  2. Click the 'Create Environment' button.
  3. Give your environment a name and select a configuration. You can choose between creating a new instance or using an existing one.
  4. Click the 'Create Environment' button.

It may take a few minutes for your environment to be created. Once it's ready, you will see a welcome page with links to various resources and tutorials. These materials can serve as a great starting point for beginners, so it is recommended to briefly go through them.

  1. To start working with Cloud9, click on the 'Open IDE' button. This will open the code editor in your web browser.

In the code editor, you will be able to create new files, edit existing ones, and run your code. You can also use the debugger to step through your code to find and eliminate bugs. AWS Cloud9 also comes with several built-in features to help you write your code. For example, it has a code completion feature that suggests code snippets as you type, as well as a syntax highlighting feature that makes it easier to read the code.

It also has a code linter that checks your code for style and syntax errors. All these features are designed to ensure a fast and efficient coding process. To run your code, use the terminal which is located at the bottom of the screen. You can also use it to run command-line tools and other scripts.

In addition to the code editor and terminal, Cloud9 also comes with a number of other tools and resources that you can use to develop your code. For example, it has a built-in Git client that you can use to manage your code repositories, as well as a built-in terminal that can be utilized to run command-line tools and scripts.

What Makes AWS Cloud9 a Useful Tool for Developers?

Cloud9 includes many other features that make it an attractive option for developers. One of them includes the fact that it is fully integrated with other AWS services like Lambda and Elastic Beanstalk. For example, you can use it to develop and test code that runs on Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, and other AWS services. It can also be used to deploy and run code in the cloud with just a few clicks.

Another key benefit of AWS Cloud9 is its collaborative nature. Developers can invite other team members to work on a project in real time, and they can use the built-in chat and code review tools to communicate which ensures successful collaboration. This can be especially useful for large teams working on complex projects.

In addition to its collaborative features, Cloud9 is also highly customizable. Developers can customize the layout and appearance of their development environment and install and configure additional tools and plugins of their choice. This makes it a flexible and adaptable tool for developers working on a wide range of projects.


Once your development environment is set up, you can use the Cloud9 editor to write and edit code, run and debug your code, and collaborate with other developers. It is a powerful and easy-to-use cloud-based IDE that also includes a terminal and other tools to help developers manage and deploy their code. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced developer, it has everything you need to get your code up and running in the cloud.

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