Launch an instance using parameters from an existing instance - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

Launch an instance using parameters from an existing instance

The Amazon EC2 console provides a Launch more like this option that enables you to use a current instance as a base for launching other instances. This option automatically populates the Amazon EC2 launch instance wizard with certain configuration details from the selected instance.


The Launch more like this option does not clone your selected instance; it only replicates some configuration details. To create a copy of your instance, first create an AMI from it, then launch more instances from the AMI.

Alternatively, create a launch template to store the launch parameters for your instances.

The following configuration details are copied from the selected instance into the launch instance wizard:

  • AMI ID

  • Instance type

  • Availability Zone, or the VPC and subnet in which the selected instance is located

  • Public IPv4 address. If the selected instance currently has a public IPv4 address, the new instance receives a public IPv4 address - regardless of the selected instance's default public IPv4 address setting. For more information about public IPv4 addresses, see Public IPv4 addresses.

  • Placement group, if applicable

  • IAM role associated with the instance, if applicable

  • Shutdown behavior setting (stop or terminate)

  • Termination protection setting (true or false)

  • CloudWatch monitoring (enabled or disabled)

  • Amazon EBS-optimization setting (true or false)

  • Tenancy setting, if launching into a VPC (shared or dedicated)

  • Kernel ID and RAM disk ID, if applicable

  • User data, if specified

  • Tags associated with the instance, if applicable

  • Security groups associated with the instance

The following configuration details are not copied from your selected instance. Instead, the wizard applies their default settings or behavior:

  • Number of network interfaces: The default is one network interface, which is the primary network interface (eth0).

  • Storage: The default storage configuration is determined by the AMI and the instance type.

To use your current instance as a template
  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Instances.

  3. Select the instance you want to use, and then choose Actions, Images and templates, Launch more like this.

  4. The launch instance wizard opens. You can make any necessary changes to the instance configuration by selecting different options on this screen.

    When you are ready to launch your instance, choose Launch instance.

  5. If the instance fails to launch or the state immediately goes to terminated instead of running, see Troubleshoot instance launch issues.