You can purchase Alibaba Cloud market mirror images to create Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances that are equipped with pre-installed runtime environments or software applications. These images can be used for scenarios such as website building, application development, and visualized management. The created ECS instances can be used out-of-the-box, which is time-saving and convenient.
Alibaba Cloud Marketplace is a network platform established by Alibaba Cloud. On this network platform, independent software vendors (ISVs) provide their images and relevant services to users. Alibaba Cloud market mirror images integrate specific software environments and features such as the PHP runtime environment and the control panel into the operating system. You can select images based on these environments and features when you create instances.
Create an instance from an Alibaba Cloud market mirror image
You can use one of the following methods to create an instance from an Alibaba Cloud market mirror image. For more information, see Create an instance by using the wizard.
- Method 1: Select an Alibaba Cloud market mirror image when you create an instance.
- Method 2: Go to Alibaba Cloud Marketplace to purchase an image and then create an instance.
Change the operating system of an instance by using an Alibaba Cloud market mirror image
If you have purchased an ECS instance and you want to replace the image of the instance with an Alibaba Cloud market mirror image, you can replace the system disk.
On the Change Operating System page, select Marketplace Image for Image and then click Select from Image Market (Including Operating System). In the Marketplace Image dialog box, select the desired image. For more information, see Replace the operating system of an instance by using a non-public image.