Cognito Cheat Sheet


Cognito is composed of two things:

  • User pool = managed OAuth server
  • Identity pool = connect IAM with other identity services

User Pool

  • User pool = the managed OAuth server that manages your users
  • User pool client = when you register a new user, or let a user sign in, you need to call the OAuth server without authentication, to do that, you need to create a client and get client ID
    • Most of the time this is how your backend communicates with user pool
  • User pool domain = a hosted login / signup page for your users in case you don’t want to create your own

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