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API Reference (API Version 2016-11-15)

CreateImage

Creates an Amazon EBS-backed AMI from an Amazon EBS-backed instance that is either running or stopped.

If you customized your instance with instance store volumes or EBS volumes in addition to the root device volume, the new AMI contains block device mapping information for those volumes. When you launch an instance from this new AMI, the instance automatically launches with those additional volumes.

For more information, see Creating Amazon EBS-Backed Linux AMIs in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide.

Request Parameters

The following parameters are for this specific action. For more information about required and optional parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Query Parameters.

BlockDeviceMapping.N

Information about one or more block device mappings.

Type: array of BlockDeviceMapping objects

Required: No

Description

A description for the new image.

Type: String

Required: No

DryRun

Checks whether you have the required permissions for the action, without actually making the request, and provides an error response. If you have the required permissions, the error response is DryRunOperation. Otherwise, it is UnauthorizedOperation.

Type: Boolean

Required: No

InstanceId

The ID of the instance.

Type: String

Required: Yes

Name

A name for the new image.

Constraints: 3-128 alphanumeric characters, parentheses (()), square brackets ([]), spaces ( ), periods (.), slashes (/), dashes (-), single quotes ('), at-signs (@), or underscores(_)

Type: String

Required: Yes

NoReboot

By default, Amazon EC2 attempts to shut down and reboot the instance before creating the image. If the 'No Reboot' option is set, Amazon EC2 doesn't shut down the instance before creating the image. When this option is used, file system integrity on the created image can't be guaranteed.

Type: Boolean

Required: No

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.

imageId

The ID of the new AMI.

Type: String

requestId

The ID of the request.

Type: String

Errors

For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.

Examples

Example

This example request creates an AMI from the specified instance.

Sample Request

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https://ec2.amazonaws.com/?Action=CreateImage &Description=Standard+Web+Server+v1.0 &InstanceId=i-1234567890abcdef0 &Name=standard-web-server-v1.0 &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

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<CreateImageResponse xmlns="http://ec2.amazonaws.com/doc/2016-11-15/"> <requestId>59dbff89-35bd-4eac-99ed-be587EXAMPLE</requestId> <imageId>ami-4fa54026</imageId> </CreateImageResponse>

Example

This example request creates an AMI from the specified instance, and sets the NoReboot parameter to true (the instance is not rebooted before the image is created).

Sample Request

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https://ec2.amazonaws.com/?Action=CreateImage &Description=Standard+Web+Server+v1.0 &InstanceId=i-1234567890abcdef0 &Name=standard-web-server-v1.0 &NoReboot=true &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

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<CreateImageResponse xmlns="http://ec2.amazonaws.com/doc/2016-11-15/"> <requestId>59dbff89-35bd-4eac-99ed-be587EXAMPLE</requestId> <imageId>ami-4fa54026</imageId> </CreateImageResponse>

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: