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 2

    • Amazon Linux 2016.09+

    • SLES 12+

    • RHEL 7+

    • Ubuntu 16.04+

  • Software requirements:

    • Python 2.7.9+ or 3.2+

To install EC2Rescue for Linux

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

    curl -O


    Before proceeding, you can optionally verify the signature of the EC2Rescue for Linux installation file. For more information, see (Optional) Verify the Signature of EC2Rescue for Linux.

  2. Download the sha256 hash file:

    curl -O
  3. Verify the integrity of the tarball:

    sha256sum -c ec2rl.tgz.sha256
  4. Unpack the tarball:

    tar -xvf ec2rl.tgz
  5. Verify the installation by listing out the help file:

    cd ec2rl-<version_number> ./ec2rl help