Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
User Guide

Replacing a Launch Configuration with a Launch Template

When you edit an Auto Scaling group that has an existing launch configuration, you have the option of replacing the launch configuration with a launch template. This lets you use launch templates with any Auto Scaling groups you currently use. In doing so, you can take advantage of the versioning and other features of launch templates.

After you replace the launch configuration for an Auto Scaling group, any new instances are launched using the new launch template, but existing instances are not affected.


Before you can replace a launch configuration in an Auto Scaling group, you must first create your launch template. The easiest way to create a launch template is to copy it from the launch configuration. For more information, see Copying a Launch Configuration to a Launch Template.

To replace the launch configuration for an Auto Scaling group

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Auto Scaling Groups.

  3. Select the Auto Scaling group and choose Details, Edit.

  4. For Launch Instances Using, choose the Launch Template option.

  5. For Launch Template, select your launch template.

  6. For Launch Template Version, select the launch template version, as needed. After you create versions of a launch template, you can choose whether the Auto Scaling group uses the default or the latest version of the launch template when scaling out.

  7. When you have finished, choose Save.