You can publish custom images that are in the Available state as community images. This topic describes how to publish a custom image in the Elastic Compute Service (ECS) console.


  • The owner of each community image is responsible for maintaining the quality and updates of the image. Alibaba Cloud merely provides the platform where community images are published and managed. Therefore, you must fully understand Product Terms, Terms of Use, and Membership Agreement before you publish a community image.
  • No sensitive words are contained in the name and description of the community image to be published, and no trojans, vulnerabilities, or weak passwords are contained in the community image.

Background information

Before you publish a community image, take note of the following items:
  • Encrypted images cannot be published as community images.
  • You must sign Product Terms, Terms of Use, and Membership Agreement before you can publish a community image.
  • Community images are publicly available. A community image is available to all Alibaba Cloud accounts in the region where it resides.
  • Community images cannot be shared, exported, or copied.


  1. Go to the Images page.
    1. Log on to the ECS console.
    2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Instances & Images > Images.
    3. In the top navigation bar, select a region.
  2. On the Custom Images tab, find the custom image that you want to publish as a community image. Move the pointer over the Icon in the Actions column icon in the Actions column and select Publish as Community Image.
  3. In the Publish As Community Image message, click OK.
    • If you have not signed Community Image Terms of Service, read the related terms and agreements, select You have signed and agreed to the following agreements:, and then click Publish.
      Notice Read Product Terms, Terms of Use and Membership Agreement before you sign Community Image Terms of Service.
    • If you have signed the Community Image Terms of Service, click OK.
    After the community image is published, you can go to the Images page and click the Community Images tab to view the information of the published community image.