Community images are publicly available. Custom images can be published as community images for other users to obtain and use.


The process related to managing a community image involves the following three parties.Community image
  • Alibaba Cloud: provides the platform where community images are published and managed by vendors.
  • Vendor: provides custom images and publishes them as community images.
  • Image user: uses community images.


The following table describes the operations supported by community images.
Operation Description References
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 Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances. Search for a community image
Use a community image You can use a community image to quickly deploy ECS instances whose operating systems, applications, and data suit your business needs. Use a community image
Unpublish a community image You can unpublish a published community image when you want to update or stop maintaining the image. Unpublish a community image