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Testing your Amazon Lightsail distribution

Last updated: July 23, 2020

In this guide, we show you how to test that your Amazon Lightsail distribution is caching and serving content from your origin. You should perform this test after you add your registered domain name to your distribution. For more information about distributions, see Content delivery network distributions in Amazon Lightsail.

Test your distribution

Complete the following procedure to test your distribution. We use the Chrome web browser in this procedure; other browsers may use similar steps.

  1. Open the Chrome web browser.

  2. Open the Chrome Menu in the upper-right-hand corner of the browser window and select More Tools > Developer Tools.

    You can also use the shortcut Option + ⌘ + J (on macOS), or Shift + CTRL + J (on Windows/Linux).

  3. In the developer tools pane, choose the Network tab.

  4. Browse to the domain of your distribution (e.g., https://www.example.com).

    The Network tab of the Chrome developer tools should will populate with a list of objects from your website.

  5. Choose a static object, such as an image file (.jpg, .png, .gif).

  6. In the Header panel that appears, you should see that the via and x-cache headers both mention CloudFront. This confirms that your distribution is caching and serving content from your origin. your

    Distribution test result

Additional information

Here are some articles to help you manage distributions in Lightsail: