You can use community images to deploy Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instances whose operating systems, applications, and data suit your business needs. This topic describes how to create an ECS instance by using a community image.

Background information

Before you use a community image, take note of the following items:
  • Community images are provided and updated by Alibaba Cloud users. Alibaba Cloud does not guarantee the quality of community images. You must fully understand and agree to the Product Terms, Terms of Use, and Membership Agreement before you use community images.
  • If a community image is unpublished, disks of ECS instances created by using this community image cannot be re-initialized.


  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. Click the Community Images tab and find the community image that you want to use.
    For more information about how to find a community image, see Search for a community image.
  3. Click Create Instance in the Actions column of the community image.
    Create Instance
  4. On the instance buy page, configure the parameters.
    Take note of the following items:
    • The region and the community image are specified by default.

      If you know the ID and region of another community image, you can change the community image and the region.

    • Read and select the Product Terms, Terms of Use, and Membership Agreement.
    • Configure other parameters based on your business needs. For more information, see Create an instance by using the wizard.