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Elastic Compute Service:Create a custom image from a snapshot

Last Updated:Jul 24, 2023

You can create a custom image from a snapshot that contains the operating system and data of an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance. Then, you can use the custom image to create multiple identical instances.



Before you create custom images from snapshots, take note of the items described in the following table.

Limits on regionsA custom image resides within the same region as the snapshot from which the image was created. For information about how to use images across regions, see Copy an image.
BillingYou are charged for snapshots. For information about snapshot billing, see Snapshots.
  • Only system disk snapshots can be used to create custom images and data disk snapshots cannot.
  • Both encrypted and unencrypted snapshots can be used to create custom images.
  • If the ECS instance from which a snapshot was created expires or is released, the custom image created from the snapshot and the ECS instance created from the image are not affected.
ECS instanceECS instances created from custom images:


This section describes how to create a custom image from a system disk snapshot on the Snapshots page in the ECS console. You can also go to the Images page (Instances & Images > Images) or the Snapshot tab of the Instance Details page (Instances & Images > Instances) to create a custom image from a system disk snapshot.

  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Storage & Snapshots > Snapshots.
  3. In the upper-left corner of the top navigation bar, select a region. Region
  4. On the Disk Snapshots tab, find a snapshot whose Disk Type is System Disk and click Create Custom Image in the Actions column.
  5. In the Create Custom Image dialog box, configure the parameters described in the following table.
    Parameter or optionDescriptionReferences
    Image NameEnter a name for the custom image. N/A
    Image Check

    Optional. The image check feature checks whether imported custom images are valid and whether the images can be used to create full-featured ECS instances.

    By default, Check After Creation is selected, and the image check feature checks the custom image immediately after the image is created. After the image is checked, you can find the image in the custom image list and click Details in the Status column to view the check results and resolve issues based on the solutions that are provided in the results.
    Note Only specific operating systems support the image check feature. For information about operating systems that do not support the feature, see Operating system limits for image check.
    Image FamilyOptional. Select an image family.

    Custom images that belong to an image family can be deprecated or restored to allow seamless image updates and rollbacks.

    Snapshot DetailsOptional. Select increaseData Disk, click increases, and then select the ID of a data disk snapshot.
    • If you leave the Snapshot ID field empty, an empty data disk will be created when you use the custom image to create an instance. By default, the data disk is 5 GiB in size.
    • If you select the ID of a data disk snapshot, a data disk is created from the data disk snapshot and has the same size as the snapshot when you use the custom image to create an instance.
    Snapshot overview
    Image DescriptionOptional. Enter a description for the custom image. N/A
    TagSelect one or more tags.
    • The Tag parameter is optional in most cases.
    • The Tag parameter is required when you log on as a RAM user and a policy attached to the RAM user requires that tags be added. In this case, if you do not specify Tag, an error is reported and indicates insufficient permissions.
    Resource GroupOptional. Select a resource group to manage the custom image based on the usage and permissions. Resource groups
    Automatic release time has been set for the selected snapshot. To ensure that the snapshot can be automatically released, you must delete the associated image before the snapshot expires. Otherwise, the snapshot cannot be released and will continue to incur charges. If a retention period is configured for the selected snapshot, select this option. Create a snapshot of a disk
  6. Click OK.

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