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Simple Application Server:CreateSnapshot

Last Updated:May 23, 2024

Creates a snapshot for a disk.

Operation description

A snapshot is a point-in-time backup of a disk. Snapshots can be used to back up data, recover data after accidental operations on instances, recover data after network attacks, and create custom images.

Note You are not charged for creating snapshots for disks of simple application servers.


  • You can create up to three snapshots for disks of each simple application server.
  • The maximum number of snapshots that can be retained in an Alibaba Cloud account is triple the number of simple application servers that you maintain. The value cannot be greater than 15.
  • If a simple application server is automatically released due to expiration, the snapshots created for the server are deleted.
  • If you reset the simple application server after you create a snapshot for a server, the snapshot is retained but cannot be used to roll back the disks of the server.

QPS limit

You can call this API operation up to 10 times per minute per account. Requests that exceed this limit are dropped and you may experience service interruptions. We recommend that you take note of this limit when you call this operation. For more information, see QPS limits.


OpenAPI Explorer automatically calculates the signature value. For your convenience, we recommend that you call this operation in OpenAPI Explorer.

Authorization information

The following table shows the authorization information corresponding to the API. The authorization information can be used in the Action policy element to grant a RAM user or RAM role the permissions to call this API operation. Description:

  • Operation: the value that you can use in the Action element to specify the operation on a resource.
  • Access level: the access level of each operation. The levels are read, write, and list.
  • Resource type: the type of the resource on which you can authorize the RAM user or the RAM role to perform the operation. Take note of the following items:
    • The required resource types are displayed in bold characters.
    • If the permissions cannot be granted at the resource level, All Resources is used in the Resource type column of the operation.
  • Condition Key: the condition key that is defined by the cloud service.
  • Associated operation: other operations that the RAM user or the RAM role must have permissions to perform to complete the operation. To complete the operation, the RAM user or the RAM role must have the permissions to perform the associated operations.
OperationAccess levelResource typeCondition keyAssociated operation
  • Snapshot

Request parameters


The region ID of the simple application server to which the disk is attached.


The disk ID.


The snapshot name. The name must be 2 to 50 characters in length. It must start with a letter but cannot start with http:// or https://. The name can only contain letters, digits, colons (:), underscores (_), periods (.), and hyphens (-).


The client token that is used to ensure the idempotence of the request. You can use the client to generate the token, but you must make sure that the token is unique among different requests. The value of ClientToken can contain only ASCII characters and cannot exceed 64 characters in length. For more information, see How to ensure idempotence.

Tagobject []No

The tags of the snapshot.


The key of tag N to be added to the snapshot. Valid values of N: 1 to 20.


The value of tag N to be added to the snapshot. Valid values of N: 1 to 20.


Response parameters


The snapshot ID.


The request ID.



Sample success responses


  "SnapshotId": "s-bp16oazlsold4dks****",
  "RequestId": "20758A-585D-4A41-A9B2-28DA8F4F534F\t"

Error codes

HTTP status codeError codeError message
400InvalidRemark.ValueNotSupportedThe specified parameter Remark is invalid.
400InvalidRemark.DuplicateThe specified Remark already exists.
400IncorrectStatusThe state of the disk or instance does not currently support snapshot creation.
400InvalidSnapshotName.ValueNotSupportedThe specified SnapshotName is invalid.
400InvalidSnapshotName.DuplicateThe specified SnapshotName already exists.
403SnapshotLimitExceedThe maximum number of snapshots in an instance is exceeded.
403IncorrectDiskStatus.CreatingSnapshotA snapshot is being created in the specified disk. Please try again later.
404InvalidDiskId.NotFoundThe specified DiskId does not exist.
500InternalErrorAn error occurred while processing your request.

For a list of error codes, visit the Service error codes.

Change history

Change timeSummary of changesOperation
2024-02-20The Error code has changed. The request parameters of the API has changedsee changesets
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2023-05-25API Description Update. The Error code has changedsee changesets
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