edit: Amazon now supports this. http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2012/12/root-domain-website-hosting-for-amazon-s3.html

I have my domain config in Route53 at Amazon AWS

exec ping command in my domain without www

$ ping mydomain.com.br
ping: cannot resolve domain.com.br: Unknown host

exec ping command in my domain with www

$ ping www.domain.com.br
PING s3-website-sa-east-1.amazonaws.com ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=244 time=25.027 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=244 time=25.238 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=244 time=25.024 ms

Route 53 -> Create Record Set -> Name: [ ].domain.com.br Set CNAME value: www.domain.com.br


"RRSet of type CNAME with DNS name mydomin.com is not permitted at apex in zone mydomin.com"

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    Hi, please note that answers should be provided in the Answers section below, NOT as edits to the question. Jan 8, 2013 at 14:45

3 Answers 3


You can't use a CNAME for the root-level domain, it violates the RFCs and can cause a number of problems. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't have a workaround for S3-hosted websites.

edit: Amazon now supports this. http://aws.typepad.com/aws/2012/12/root-domain-website-hosting-for-amazon-s3.html

There are services like WWWizer that you can use to redirect to the WWW, but they're not a perfect solution.

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    You CAN use CNAME's with root-level domains it does not violate RFC. The problem is that CNAME can not co-exist with other records e.g. MX. From RFC1034...... If a CNAME RR is present at a node, no other data should be present; this ensures that the data for a canonical name and its aliases cannot be different. This rule also insures that a cached CNAME can be used without checking with an authoritative server for other RR types. Nov 19, 2012 at 15:42
  • @JamesPark-Watt blog.cloudflare.com/… "The problem is the DNS RFC (RFC1033) requires the "zone apex" (sometimes called the "root domain" or "naked domain") to be an "A Record," not a CNAME."
    – ceejayoz
    Nov 19, 2012 at 15:45
  • Perfect -> link Root Domain Website Hosting for Amazon S3
    – romuloigor
    Jan 8, 2013 at 13:40
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    Apex CNAMEs are not legal. It's been explicitly spelled out in RFC2181 for awhile now.
    – Andrew B
    Aug 22, 2015 at 1:09

Create a resource record set (Type A - IPv4 address) that "has the same name as the hosted zone by leaving the Name field blank".

Amazon Route 53 - Edit Record Set

This is the warning Route 53 gives when trying to add the name "@", which I was custom too using for Bind nameservers. So don't use '@', use an empty name ''.

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    And now using the @ works for A record to get a naked domain. Mar 30, 2017 at 17:42

If you want to point your root domain mydomain.com.br to service from AWS:

  • create a record of type A - IPv4 Address.
  • then select Yes for Alias.
  • Alias Target will list autocomplete for your AWS resources.

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