Enabling HTTP (Web) access to your EC2 serverΒΆ

By default, you are only allowed to SSH into your EC2 server - this is a security measure that prevents Evil Canadian Hackers from taking over your rental computer.

For certain purposes - running a BLAST server, for example - you will need to enable HTTP. To do this, locate the security group/security settings for your Amazon instance:


Once there, click on “inbound” rules and “edit” them:


‘Add rule’, ‘http’, with default settings, and then click ‘save’.


Voila - you will now be able to access your computer with HTTP as well as SSH!

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