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/Doubt about billing and transfers between regions of a Public AMI with public Snapshot/

Doubt about billing and transfers between regions of a Public AMI with public Snapshot


Let's suppose this scenario.

  • AWS "User A" has created a public AMI based on a public Snapshot created also by "User A" at eu-west-1.
  • AWS "User B" with a different account than "User A" copies this public AMI+Snapshot (because it is public) to a region at ap-northeast-1 in its own account.

After the process, "User A" still have its own AMI in region eu-west-1 and "User B" has its own copy of the "User A" AMI in ap-northeast-1 in its own account.

The doubt is, who pays the transfer of the copy?

  • "User A", the originator of the AMI?
  • "User B", the one who copies the AMI to its own account and region?

I hope I've explained my doubt correctly.

Best Regards, Carlos

asked 3 months ago7 views
1 Answers


I understand that you would like to understand the pricing on AMI and Transfer costs. You will only need to pay the Snapshot costs,

Who will pay transfer costs ?

  • I don't think there is pricing for the AMI transfer
  • AMI are having the Snapshots [Who ever is having the snapshot so they have to pay for snapshot]

When you Copy AMI from "USER A" to different account for the "USER B", It will ask you to create snapshots in the destination. So Pay only for snapshot, Do not have to pay for the transfer or AMI, Because AMI's are Free

answered 3 months ago
  • Hello @GK

    Well. first, thank you for your answer. I think that there is a transfer pricing price between regions which it is applied if you copy an AMI from one region to another, because I see this in my billing when I copy AMIs from region to region.

    My question is, who will be charged by transfer if my Snapshot+AMI is public and someone copy it into its account. User A (originaltor) for having the original AMI? User B because transferring it to its account

    Regards, Carlos

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