This topic describes how to release a pay-as-you-go instance.

Background information

The procedure for releasing instances varies based on the instance type.
  • Subscription instances are automatically released upon expiration. If you want to release a subscription instance before it is expired, submit a ticket.
    Note Alibaba Cloud does not provide money-back guarantees for subscription instances.
  • We recommend that you manually release pay-as-you-go instances that you no longer use. Otherwise, you will be charged for the consumed resources.


  • The billing method of the Message Queue for Apache Kafka instance is pay-as-you-go and the instance is in the Running state.
  • You have deleted all resources from the Message Queue for Apache Kafka instance that you want to release, including topics and groups.


  1. Log on to the Message Queue for Apache Kafka console.
  2. In the Resource Distribution section of the Overview page, select the region where your instance resides.
  3. On the Instances page, click the name of the instance that you want to manage.
  4. On the Instance Details page, click Release in the upper-right corner of the Overview section.
  5. In the Note message, read the note and click OK.
    Notice After the instance is released, all data in the instance is deleted and cannot be restored.
    Prompt for releasing the instance


The instance is in the Released state.