Amazon Route 53: Forwarding with HTTPS support

Amazon Route 53 provides basic support for forwarding your domain via ALIAS records. Unfortunately it's missing important features like HTTPS & Analytics.

When the redirect is setup at Amazon Route 53, no SSL certificate is installed on the domain. This results in SSL errors when visiting the domain via HTTPS. automatically installs & manages a SSL certificate and makes sure it never expires. Let's get started!

Step 1: Create a account

Get started today by creating an account:

Step 2: Add your domain to

Add your domain you wish to redirect. For our example, we have a domain with Amazon Route 53 ''. Add the domain to the 'Source URL' field. We recommend adding www & the apex (non-www). 

Amazon Route 53 create redirect

You see the DNS 'checking' as the detected & required values are different.Amazon Route 53 DNS not pointed

Step 3: Navigate to Amazon Route 53

To allow redirecting via, we need to make a one-time DNS change at Amazon Route 53. Login with your Amazon Route 53 credentials and click on 'Hosted zones'

Amazon Route 53 dashboard

Click on your domain.

Amazon Route 53 domains

Step 4: Changing the DNS

We are now ready to change the DNS. You will propably see a screen like this:

Changing the DNS

Before adding the correct DNS records, make sure any existing A record for 'www' and '@' are removed. All other records may remain intact.

Amazon Route 53 DNS

Then add the following records.

- Record with Type 'A' Record name '@' and Value ''
- Record with Type 'CNAME' Record name 'www' and Value ''

Your screen should now look like this:

Changed DNS

Step 4: DNS verification in

The DNS changes have been made! This takes some time before the internet picks up these changes. In most cases, it should be done within a few hours, depending on the TTL set on those records. will automatically keep checking the DNS records. If it's detected to be correct, a SSL certificate will be automatically requested & installed. 

Amazon Route 53 redirect verified


That's it! You've succesfully setup with Amazon Route 53. The domain now has full HTTPS support and is redirecting via 

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