Creating a Simple Notification Service Topic

Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) coordinates and manages the delivery or sending of messages to subscribing endpoints or clients. In Amazon SNS, there are two types of clients: publishers and subscribers. These are also referred to as producers and consumers. Publishers communicate asynchronously with subscribers by producing and sending a message to a topic, which is a logical access point and communication channel. Subscribers (i.e., web servers, email addresses, Amazon SQS queues, AWS Lambda functions) consume or receive the message or notification over one of the supported protocols (i.e., Amazon SQS, HTTP/S, email, SMS, Lambda) when they are subscribed to the topic.

6.1 Create and Subscribe to an SNS Topic

To create and subscribe to an SNS topic:

  1. Navigate to the SNS console at
  2. Choose Create topic.
  3. In the Create new topic window:
    1. In the Type field, select Standard.
    2. In the Topic name field, enter AdminAlert.
    3. In the Display name field, enter AdminAlert.
    4. Choose Create topic.
  4. On the Topic details: AdminAlert page, choose Create subscription.
  5. In the Create subscription window:
    1. Select Email from the Protocol list.
    2. Enter your email address in the Endpoint field.
    3. Choose Create subscription.
  6. You will receive an email request for confirmation. Your Subscription ID will remain PendingConfirmation until you confirm your subscription by clicking through the link to Confirm subscription in the email.
  7. Refresh the page after confirming your subscription to view the populated Subscription ARN.

You can now use this SNS topic to send notifications to your Administrator user.