ImportInstance - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud



We recommend that you use the ImportImage API. For more information, see Importing a VM as an image using VM Import/Export in the VM Import/Export User Guide.

Creates an import instance task using metadata from the specified disk image.

This API action is not supported by the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI). For information about using the Amazon EC2 CLI, which is deprecated, see Importing a VM to Amazon EC2 in the Amazon EC2 CLI Reference PDF file.

This API action supports only single-volume VMs. To import multi-volume VMs, use ImportImage instead.

For information about the import manifest referenced by this API action, see VM Import Manifest.

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.


A description for the instance being imported.

Type: String

Required: No


The disk image.

Type: Array of DiskImage objects

Required: No


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


The launch specification.

Type: ImportInstanceLaunchSpecification object

Required: No


The instance operating system.

Type: String

Valid Values: Windows

Required: Yes

Response Elements

The following elements are returned by the service.


Information about the conversion task.

Type: ConversionTask object


The ID of the request.

Type: String


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common client error codes.



This example creates an import instance task that migrates a Windows Server 2008 SP2 (32-bit) VM into the us-east-1 Region.

Sample Request &LaunchSpecification.Architecture=x86_64 &LaunchSpecification.InstanceType=m1.xlarge &DiskImage.1.Image.Format=VMDK &DiskImage.1.Image.Bytes=1179593728 &DiskImage.1.Image.ImportManifestUrl=​a3a5e1b6-590d-43cc-97c1-15c7325d3f41/​Win_2008_Server_Data_Center_SP2_32-bit.​vmdkmanifest.xml?AWSAccessKeyId=​AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE&​Expires=1294855591&​Signature=5snej01TlTtL0uR7KExtEXAMPLE%3D &DiskImage.1.Volume.Size=12 &Platform=Windows &AUTHPARAMS

Sample Response

<ImportInstanceResponse xmlns=""> <conversionTask> <conversionTaskId>import-i-ffvko9js</conversionTaskId> <expirationTime>2010-12-22T12:01Z</expirationTime> <importInstance> <volumes> <item> <bytesConverted>0</bytesConverted> <availabilityZone>us-east-1a</availabilityZone> <image> <format>VMDK</format> <size>1179593728</size> <importManifestUrl>​a3a5e1b6-590d-43cc-97c1-15c7325d3f41/​Win_2008_Server_Data_Center_SP2_32-bit.​vmdkmanifest.xml?AWSAccessKeyId=​AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE&​Expires=1294855591&​Signature=5snej01TlTtL0uR7KExtEXAMPLE%3D </importManifestUrl> </image> <description/> <volume> <size>12</size> <id>vol-1234567890abcdef0</id> </volume> <status>active</status> <statusMessage/> </item> </volumes> <instanceId>i-1234567890abcdef0</instanceId> <description/> </importInstance> </conversionTask> </ImportInstanceResponse>

See Also

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