What is Amazon Lightsail for Research? - Amazon Lightsail for Research

What is Amazon Lightsail for Research?

With Amazon Lightsail for Research, academics and researchers can create powerful virtual computers in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. These virtual computers come with pre-installed research applications, such as RStudio and Scilab.

With Lightsail for Research, you can upload data directly from a web browser to begin your work. You can create and delete your virtual computers at any time, which gives you on-demand access to powerful computing resources.

You pay only for as long as you need the virtual computer. Lightsail for Research offers budgeting controls that can automatically stop your computer when it reaches a preconfigured cost limit, so you don't have to worry about overage charges.

Everything you do in the Lightsail for Research console is backed by a publicly available API. Learn how to install and use the AWS CLI and API for Amazon Lightsail.


With Lightsail for Research, you pay only for the resources you create and use. For more information, see Lightsail for Research pricing.


Lightsail for Research is available in the same AWS Regions as Amazon Lightsail, with the exception of the US East (N. Virginia) Region. Lightsail for Research also uses the same endpoints as Lightsail. To view the currently supported AWS Regions and endpoints for Lightsail, see Lightsail Endpoints and Quotas in the AWS General Reference.