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Elastic Compute Service:Stop an instance

Last Updated:Nov 23, 2023

This topic describes how to stop an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance and how to enable economical mode for instances that reside in virtual private clouds (VPCs).


  • If you stop an instance, services that are running on the instance are interrupted. Proceed with caution when you perform this operation.

  • If resources are insufficient or your bidding price is lower than the market price after your preemptible instance is stopped, the instance is recycled and cannot be restarted. For more information, see Overview.

  • Stopping a subscription instance does not change the expiration time of the instance.

  • Billing continues after an instance is stopped, and stops only when the instance is released. For more information, see Release an instance.


  1. Log on to the ECS console.

  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Instances & Images > Instances.

  3. In the upper-left corner of the top navigation bar, select a region. 地域

  4. Use one of the following methods to stop one or more instances:

    • To stop a single instance, find the instance and choose icon1 > Instance Status > Stop in the Actions column.

    • To stop multiple instances at a time, select the instances and click Stop in the lower part of the Instances page.

  5. Configure Stopped By or Stop Mode and click OK.



    Stopped By

    • Stop: stops the instance by shutting it down properly.

    • Force Stop: forcefully stops the instance. A force stop is equivalent to a physical shutdown and may cause data loss if instance data has not been written to disks.

    Stop Mode


    Only pay-as-you-go instances that reside in VPCs support this parameter.

    • Standard Mode: The resources of the instance are retained and continue to be billed after the instance is stopped.

    • Economical Mode (Formerly Known as No Fees for Stopped Instances Mode): After the instance is stopped, its computing resources (vCPUs and memory) are released and no longer billed. The cloud disks (including the system disk and data disks), elastic IP addresses (if any), and bandwidth continue to be billed. The public IP address is recycled and the private IP address is retained.

    When the instance is stopped, the instance enters the Stopped state.