Prerequisites for launching Linux instances - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

Prerequisites for launching Linux instances

To launch a Linux instance with NitroTPM enabled, the following prerequisites must be in place. For the prerequisites for launching a Windows instance, see Prerequisites for launching Windows instances in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Windows Instances.


Requires an AMI with NitroTPM enabled.

Currently, there are no NitroTPM-enabled Amazon Linux AMIs. To use a supported AMI, you must perform a number of configuration steps on your own Linux AMI. For more information, see Create a Linux AMI for NitroTPM support.

Operating system

The AMI must include an operating system with a TPM 2.0 Command Response Buffer (CRB) driver. Most current operating systems, such as Amazon Linux 2, contain a TPM 2.0 CRB driver.

Instance type

Supported virtualized instance types: C5, C5a, C5ad, C5d, C5n, C6i, D3, D3en, G4dn, G5, Hpc6a, I3en, I4i, Inf1, M5, M5a, M5ad, M5d, M5dn, M5n, M5zn, M6a, M6i, R5, R5a, R5ad, R5b, R5d, R5dn, R5n, R6i, U-3tb1, U-6tb1, U-9tb1, U-12tb1, X2idn, X2iedn, X2iezn, and z1d.

Support is coming soon on: C6a, G4ad, P3dn, T3, and T3a

Not supported: Graviton (all generations), Xen, Mac, and bare metal instances

UEFI boot mode

NitroTPM requires that an instance runs in UEFI boot mode, which requires that the AMI must be configured for UEFI boot mode. For more information, see UEFI Secure Boot.