This topic describes the possible states of ECS instances.
|Pending||The initial state of an ECS instance when you create the ECS instance in the ECS console or by calling the RunInstances operation. Instances are only in the Pending state only during the creation process, and this state lasts for a few seconds.|
|Starting||The transient state when an instance is enabled in the ECS console or by calling StartInstance.|
|Running||The stable state after an instance is enabled in the ECS console or by calling StartInstance. The instance owner can use, manage, and modify business and applications on an instance when the instance is in this state.|
|Stopping||The transient state when an instance is stopped in the ECS console or by calling StopInstance.|
|Stopped||The stable state after an instance has been stopped.|