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.Community images
  • 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.
Operation Description Reference
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