AWS Quick Start Guide
Launch a Linux Virtual Machine (Version )

AWS Quick Start Guide: Launch a Linux Virtual Machine

Welcome to the AWS Quick Start Guide: Launch a Linux Virtual Machine. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud is the service you use to create and run virtual machines (VM), also known as instances. By completing the steps in this quick start guide, you will successfully launch a Linux VM on Amazon EC2 within the AWS Free Tier. You will also connect to the instance that you launch and then terminate the instance.


To launch a Windows VM, see Getting Started with Amazon EC2 Windows Instances.

To complete this quick start guide, you must have an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. When you sign up for AWS, your AWS account is automatically signed up for all services in AWS, including Amazon EC2. If you don't have an AWS account, use the following procedure to create one.

To sign up for AWS

  1. Open, and then choose Create an AWS Account.


    This might be unavailable in your browser if you previously signed into the AWS Management Console. In that case, choose Sign in to a different account, and then choose Create a new AWS account.

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone keypad.

This quick start guide includes the following topics:

For more information about Amazon EC2, see the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud documentation.