How do I transfer an Amazon EC2 instance or AMI to a different AWS account?
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I want to transfer an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance or Amazon Machine Image (AMI) from one Amazon Web Services (AWS) account to another. How can I do this?
It's not possible to transfer existing instances or AMIs between AWS accounts. Instead, you can manually migrate an EC2 image from one AWS account to another.
Note: The following steps apply only to instances with unencrypted Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes.
Create a custom AMI from the instance that you want to use as the source account. Be sure to include all required EBS data volumes in the AMI. Be sure that the AMI doesn't have a static IP configuration, as this can result in connectivity issues. For instructions, see one of the following: Create a Windows AMI from a running instance Create a Linux AMI from an instance Note: Data stored on instance store volumes isn't preserved in AMIs. This data won't be on the instance store volumes of the instances that you launch from the AMI.
Create a custom AMI from the target account instance. It's a best practice to use this copy to avoid complications after the source account deregisters the originally shared AMI.
Deregister the AMI on the source account if you don't need to run any instances from it. For information about how to terminate running instances and delete associated snapshots, see Clean up your Amazon EBS-backed AMI.
Note: If you share an AMI from account A to account B, and then deregister the AMI from account A, you can't launch new instances from the AMI in account B. You can leave the AMI registered in account A so that you can launch new instances from it later. Or, use one of the following workarounds so that you can deregister the AMI and retain the capability to launch new instances:
Launch new instances from the shared AMI in account B before you deregister the AMI in account A. Deregistering the AMI in the original account doesn't impact instances launched from the shared AMI. If you need to launch new instances after deregistering the AMI, you can create a new AMI from one of the new instances.
Copy the AMI to the same Region or a different Region in account B. This allows you to preserve the original AMI and also creates a backup without using it in account B.