AWS SDK Version 3 for .NET
API Reference

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We recommend that you use the ImportImage API. For more information, see Importing a VM as an image using VM Import/Export in the VM Import/Export User Guide.

Creates an import instance task using metadata from the specified disk image.

This API action is not supported by the Command Line Interface (CLI). For information about using the Amazon EC2 CLI, which is deprecated, see Importing a VM to Amazon EC2 in the Amazon EC2 CLI Reference PDF file.

This API action supports only single-volume VMs. To import multi-volume VMs, use ImportImage instead.

For information about the import manifest referenced by this API action, see VM Import Manifest.


This is an asynchronous operation using the standard naming convention for .NET 4.5 or higher. For .NET 3.5 the operation is implemented as a pair of methods using the standard naming convention of BeginImportInstance and EndImportInstance.

Namespace: Amazon.EC2
Assembly: AWSSDK.EC2.dll
Version: 3.x.y.z


public virtual Task<ImportInstanceResponse> ImportInstanceAsync(
         ImportInstanceRequest request,
         CancellationToken cancellationToken


Type: Amazon.EC2.Model.ImportInstanceRequest

Container for the necessary parameters to execute the ImportInstance service method.

Type: System.Threading.CancellationToken

A cancellation token that can be used by other objects or threads to receive notice of cancellation.

Return Value

The response from the ImportInstance service method, as returned by EC2.

Version Information

Supported in: 8.0 and newer, Core 3.1

.NET Standard:
Supported in: 2.0

.NET Framework:
Supported in: 4.5 and newer

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