Community images are publicly available. You can publish a custom image as a community image for others to use, or obtain and use a community image published by others.
The process related to managing a community image involves three parties.
- Alibaba Cloud: provides the platform where community images are published and managed by vendors.
- Vendor: provides a custom image and publishes it as a community image.
- Image user: uses community images.
Note Community images are supported only in the US (Virginia) and US (Silicon Valley) regions.
The following table describes the operations supported by community images.
|Publish a community image||You can publish a custom image that is in the Available state as a community image.||Publish a community image|
|Search for a community image||You can search for a specific community image by specifying the name, ID, or owner ID of the community image. Then, you can use the community image to create ECS instances.||Search for a community image|
|Use a community image||You can use a community image to deploy ECS instances whose operating systems, applications, and data suit your business needs in a quick manner.||Use a community image|
|Unpublish a community image||You can unpublish published community images when you want to update or stop maintaining them.||Unpublish a community image|