In this chapter, we are going to create a test user for our Cognito User Pool. We are going to need this user to test the authentication portion of our app later.

Create User

First, we will use AWS CLI to sign up a user with username, password and email. To keep things simple we are going to have people use their email as their username (as opposed to creating a username) while creating their account.

In your terminal, run.

$ aws cognito-idp sign-up \
  --region us-east-1 \
  --username \
  --password Passw0rd! \
  --user-attributes Name=email,

Now, the user is created in Cognito User Pool. However, before the user can authenticate with the User Pool, the account needs to be verified. Let’s quickly verify the user using an administrator command.

In your terminal, run.

$ aws cognito-idp admin-confirm-sign-up \
  --region us-east-1 \
  --user-pool-id YOUR_USER_POOL_ID \

Now our test user is ready. Next, let’s set up the Serverless Framework to create our backend APIs.