Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

Installing EC2Rescue for Linux

The EC2Rescue for Linux tool can be installed on an Amazon EC2 Linux instance that meets the following prerequisites.


  • Supported operating systems:

    • Amazon Linux 2016.09+

    • SLES 12+

    • RHEL 7+

    • Ubuntu 16.04+

  • Software requirements:

    • Python 2.7.9+ or 3.2+


For instances with earlier versions of Python installed, there is a binary version of the EC2Rescue for Linux that you can use. This version is supported on a best effort basis. The binary version of EC2Rescue for Linux requires glibc >= 2.5 and zlib >= 1.2.3.

To install EC2Rescue for Linux

  1. From a working Linux instance, download the EC2Rescue for Linux tool:

    [ec2-user ~]$ wget
  2. Unpack the tarball:

    [ec2-user ~]$ tar -xvf ec2rl.tgz
  3. Verify the installation by listing out the help file:

    [ec2-user ~]$ cd ec2rl [ec2-user ~]$ ./ec2rl help