The Classic Load Balancer (CLB) console supports idle instance management to help you control the costs of your CLB instances. If a pay-as-you-go CLB instance remains idle for more than seven days, it is displayed on the Expired Instances page.

Background information

An idle instance is a pay-as-you-go CLB instance that remains idle for more than seven days and meets one of the following conditions:
  • The instance is in the Stopped state.
  • No listener is configured for the instance.
  • All listeners of the instance are stopped.
  • No backend servers are added to the instance.
  • The weight of all backend servers of the instance is 0.
Important Idle CLB instances still incur fees. Billing stops only after you release the instances. For more information, see Am I still charged after a CLB instance is stopped?


  1. Log on to the CLB console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose CLB (FKA SLB) > Expired Instances.
  3. On the Expired Instances page, you can view the CLB instances that remain idle for at least seven days. You can click Settings to view the IP address or region of the CLB instance, or the reason why the CLB instance is idle.
  4. If you no longer need a CLB instance, you can click Release in the Actions column to release the CLB instance.
    Note Before you release the CLB instance, make sure that the instance that you want to release is not in use.