April 28, 2020

Your Guide to AWS Simple Icons & Using AWS Shapes

Diagrams for Software Engineering
AWS Simple Icons



What Are AWS Simple Icons?

AWS (Amazon Web Services) has been a game changer for DevOps teams, allowing them to obtain, adjust quantities, and pay for only the services they need at a fraction of a cost, in less time, and with smaller in-house teams. And rather than resting on their laurels, AWS offerings are constantly evolved and adjusted to make DevOps' life even easier.

To make documenting their infrastructure and offerings easy, Amazon's brilliant designers have created icons to represent every service they provide. And as the offerings are always evolving, so are the shapes. The most updated versions can always be found and downloaded on the official AWS site.

Want to learn how to draw an AWS architecture diagram? We've got a tutorial for that. >>

📕 Related Resource: Learn more about  What is DevOps?

How Many AWS Icons Are There?

There are over 450 AWS architecture icons (though this includes some duplicates). They’re split into multiple categories, such as analytics, computing, storage, and content delivery. Tracking down all the icons you need can take a while, so Gliffy has a bunch of AWS architecture diagram templates that can save you time. For more specifics on those categories and services, check out our guides:

AWS Shapes or AWS Icons in Gliffy

To make sure you have the most recent AWS Simple Icons, open the Gliffy editor, click “More Shapes” in the lower left, then toggle the “AWS Simple Icons” button to add all these shape groups to your side panel.

3 Tips for Drawing with AWS Icons

Adjust Multiple AWS Shapes at Once

Drag and drop the shapes you need onto the canvas. Select the group by using the arrow tool from the toolbar (or select the whole canvas by using command + A) and adjust them to the size you want all at once.


Put a Box Around the AWS Icons

In order to make your diagram neat, put boxes around your grouping of AWS icons. Our favorite method is to select the rectangle tool from the toolbar, draw a box around your shapes then select the "send to back" button from the toolbar to push the box behind the shapes.

You can then change the border type, thickness, and color of your box. Check out all the different options available in the pop up box when you select the box housing your shapes.


Add Your Own Architecture Icons

Want to add your company logo or other apps your DevOps structure relies on? You can drag any .png, .svg. or .jpg image from your desktop directly on to the Gliffy canvas. Just drag and drop. It's that simple. Give it a try or find out more about adding your own shapes to Gliffy.

Get Started Using AWS Architecture Icons 

Gliffy makes it easy to draw AWS architecture diagrams. Get started today with a free trial in Confluence, Jira, or Gliffy Online.