Building Scalable Notification Systems with AWS SNS Tutorial

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by The Captain

May 20, 2024
AWS SNS Tutorial: Building Scalable Notification Systems

AWS SNS Tutorial: Building Scalable Notification Systems

AWS Simple Notification Service (SNS) is a fully managed messaging service that enables you to send messages or notifications to a large number of recipients. In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up and configure AWS SNS to build scalable notification systems for your applications.


  • Basic knowledge of AWS services
  • An AWS account with permissions to create SNS topics

Step 1: Create an SNS Topic

Log in to your AWS Management Console and navigate to the SNS service. Click on the "Create topic" button and provide a name and display name for your topic. You can also add optional metadata tags for better organization.

Step 2: Subscribe Recipients

Once you have created the SNS topic, you need to subscribe recipients to receive notifications. You can add email addresses, phone numbers, or even other AWS services as subscribers to the topic.

Step 3: Publish Messages

To send notifications, you can publish messages to the SNS topic using the AWS Management Console, AWS SDKs, or AWS CLI. Messages can be in various formats like text, JSON, or even structured data for specific protocols like HTTP or SMS.

Step 4: Set Up Message Filtering

AWS SNS allows you to filter messages based on attributes to ensure that only relevant recipients receive notifications. You can define filter policies to control the delivery of messages based on message attributes.

Step 5: Monitor Message Delivery

Monitor the delivery status of your messages through SNS metrics and cloud watch logs. You can track the number of successfully delivered messages, failures, and other relevant metrics to ensure smooth communication with your recipients.


By following this tutorial, you have learned how to leverage AWS SNS to build scalable notification systems for your applications. SNS provides a reliable and efficient way to deliver messages to a large number of recipients, making it a valuable tool for developers working on communication-intensive applications.