Copying images allows you to deploy an application across regions by running the same image environment. You can copy a custom image from one region to another. The task completion time depends on the network transfer speed and the number of concurrent tasks in the queue.


  • Upon copying a custom image, a corresponding snapshot is created in the target region, and then the image is created from that snapshot in the target region. As a result, fees are incurred due to data transfer between different regions. Currently, no fee is charged for such traffic, and when it will be charged is subject to the official notice.
  • After copying a custom image, an identical image is created in the target region. However, the relevant role and service authorization information is lost, which is also true for previously configured user data.


To copy images in the ECS console, perform the following steps:

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. Select a region.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, select Snapshots and Images > Images.
  4. Select the custom image you want to copy. Note that Type must be Custom Images. In the Actions column, click Copy Image.
    Note If your custom image is larger than 200 GiB, you need to open a ticket to complete the operation. When you click Copy Image, you are directed to open a ticket.
  5. In the Copy Image dialog box, you can find the ID of the selected image. Also, you need to make the following configurations:
    1. Select the Target Region.
    2. Enter the Custom Image Name and Custom Image Description that are shown in the target region.
    3. Click OK.
  6. Switch to the target region and check the progress. When 100% is displayed, the image is copied successfully.
    Note If Progress is not 100%, Status is Creating. In this case, you can click Cancel Copy to cancel the operation. After the operation is canceled, the image information is removed from the target region.

You can also use the ECS APIs CopyImage and CancelCopyImage to perform the operation.

Next Steps

When the image appears as Available, you can use it to create an instance or change the system disk.

You can also view the copied snapshot in the target region.


FAQs about copying images