What is difference between Amazon Cognito user pools and identity pools?
- User pools are for authentication (identify verification). With a user pool, your app users can sign in through the user pool or federate through a third-party identity provider (IdP).
When to use User Pool?
- Design sign-up and sign-in webpages for your app.
- Access and manage user data.
- Track user device, location, and IP address, and adapt to sign-in requests of different risk levels.
- For Social sign-in with Facebook, Google, Login with Amazon, and Sign in with Apple, as well as sign-in with SAML identity providers like Social sign-in with Facebook, Google, Login with Amazon, and Sign in with Apple, as well as sign-in with SAML identity providers from your user pool. from your user pool.
- Use a custom authentication flow for your app.
- Identity pools are for authorization (access control). You can use identity pools to create unique identities for users and give them access to other AWS services.
- To enable users in your user pool to access AWS resources, you can configure an identity pool to exchange user pool tokens for AWS credentials.
When to use Identity Pool?
- Give your users access to AWS resources, such as an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket or an Amazon DynamoDB table.
- Generate temporary AWS credentials for unauthenticated users.
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