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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.

    Note

    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. Enter a unique name for your instance.

  7. Choose one of the following options to add tags to your instance:

    1. Add key-only tags or Edit key-only tags (if tags have already been added). Enter your new tag into the tag key text box, and press Enter. Choose Save when you’re done entering your tags, or choose Cancel to not add them.

      Key-only tags in the Lightsail console.
    2. Create a key-value tag, then enter a key into the Key text box, and a value into the Value text box. Choose Save when you’re done entering the tag, or choose Cancel to not add the tag.

      Key-value tags can only be added one at a time. To add more than one key-value tag, repeat the previous steps.

      Key-value tags in the Lightsail console.

    Note

    For more information about key-only and key-value tags, see Tags in Amazon Lightsail.

  8. Choose Create instance.

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