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Creating a snapshot of your Linux or Unix instance in Amazon Lightsail

Last updated: June 28, 2018

You can create snapshots of your Linux/Unix-based Lightsail instances. An instance snapshot is a copy of the system disk and matches the original machine configuration (memory, CPU, disk size, and data transfer rate). If you've attached block storage disks to your instance, Lightsail copies those additional disks as part of your snapshot. For more information, see Snapshots in Amazon Lightsail.


The steps to create a snapshot of a Windows Server-based Lightsail instance are different. For more information, see Creating a snapshot of your Windows Server instance in Amazon Lightsail.

You must already have an instance in Lightsail to create a snapshot of it. After you have an instance, follow these steps to create a snapshot:

  1. On the Lightsail home page, choose your instance. Or choose Manage on the shortcut menu.

    Manage instance menu
  2. Choose Snapshots.

  3. If needed, change the name of your snapshot, and then choose Create snapshot.

    You can see the snapshot you just created in the Recent snapshots section. It will show up as In progress....

    After the snapshot is finished, you can create another instance from the snapshot. For example, you may want to choose a larger size bundle than you had previously.


When you create a new instance from a snapshot, Lightsail lets you create an instance bundle that is either the same size or larger size. We do not currently support creating a smaller instance size from a snapshot. The smaller options will be grayed out when you create a new instance from a snapshot.

To create a larger instance size from a snapshot, you can use the Lightsail console, the create-instances-from-snapshot CLI command. or the CreateInstancesFromSnapshot API operation. For more information, see Creating an instance from a snapshot in Amazon Lightsail.

For more information about Lightsail bundles, see Lightsail Pricing.