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Create a Linux/Unix-based instance from a snapshot in Lightsail

Last updated: November 14, 2017

After you create a snapshot in Lightsail, you can create a new instance from that snapshot. The new instance will include the system disk and any attached block storage disks you added.

You must have a snapshot of an instance before you can create another instance from a snapshot. For more information, see Create a snapshot of your Linux/Unix-based instance in Lightsail or Creating a snapshot of your Windows Server instance in Amazon Lightsail.

  1. On the home page, choose the instance you want to manage. Or choose Manage from the instance menu.

    Manage instance menu
  2. Choose Snapshots.

  3. Choose Create new instance from the snapshot menu.

    Manage snapshot menu
  4. On the Create an instance from a snapshot page, you have a few optional settings to decide on at the top. For example, you can change the Availability Zone, add a launch script, or change the way you connect to your instance.

    You can accept all the defaults and move on to the next step.

  5. Choose the plan (or bundle) for your new instance. At this point, you can choose to create a larger bundle size if you'd like.


    You cannot create a smaller bundle size from a snapshot. Lightsail will gray out all the bundle options that are smaller than the bundle you originally used to make your snapshot.

  6. Give your instance and disks new, unique names, and then choose Create.

    Lightsail takes you to the management page for your new instance, and you can start managing your new instance.