An Alibaba Cloud Marketplace image is equivalent to the installation disk for an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance. A Marketplace image allows you to quickly obtain a running environment for ECS instances and any pre-installed software applications. Such an image can be used for site deployment, application development, and visualized management. Marketplace images effectively allow ECS instances to be used out-of-the-box, helping to reduce costs.

Select a Marketplace image when creating an instance

We recommend that you use a Marketplace image if you are new to working with ECS instances. To deploy a Marketplace image, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the ECS purchase page.
  2. Select and configure your image. For more information, see create an Instance. Then, on the Image configuration page, choose Marketplace Image > Select from image market (including operating system).

Purchase an image from Alibaba Cloud Marketplace and create an instance

  1. Go to Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.
  2. Select the required image and click Buy Now.
  3. You may be required to log on to the Alibaba Cloud console before proceeding.

  4. Select and configure your image. For more information, see create an instance.

Change the operating system by using the Marketplace image

If you have purchased ECS instances, use an image to deploy the running environment or install software applications as follows:

Note If you change the image, the data on the system disk will be lost. Therefore, we recommend that you back up your data before changing your operating system. For more information, see Create snapshots.
  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. Stop the target instance.
  3. On the Replace System Disk page, select Marketplace Image in the Image Type setting. For more information, see replace the system disk (non-public image).