How to find an AMI in the new AWS console version?



  • I am trying to create an instance in the Launch Configuration menu, but it is impossible to find the needed AMI from the dropdown.

    • I expected following menu:

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    • But currently AWS provides the following possibilities ()selection from the dropdown:

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    • I can't find the needed AMI from the list (Linux for example) The bottom line is that I can't even use the search dropdown. It does not find existing AMI's:

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    It's confusing and I do not know how to use AWS now...



  • Ubuntu AMIs

    Ubuntu https://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/locator/ec2/ for your convenience and reference.

    Rocky Linux

    Rocky Linux also maintains a https://rockylinux.org/cloud-images/ .

    Amazon or other specific vendor AMIs

    The AWS console can be rather limiting, but you can https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/compute/query-for-the-latest-amazon-linux-ami-ids-using-aws-systems-manager-parameter-store/ .

    Get a list of Amazon images:

    aws ec2 describe-images --owners amazon --filters "Name=name,Values=amzn*" --query 'sort_by(Images, &CreationDate)[].Name'
    

    Use AWS Systems Manager paramater store to find the latest one with the name you want:

    aws ssm get-parameters --names /aws/service/ami-amazon-linux-latest/amzn2-ami-hvm-x86_64-gp2 --region us-east-1 
    

    Then make sure you always use the latest when launching an instance:

    aws ec2 run-instances --image-id $(aws ssm get-parameters --names /aws/service/ami-amazon-linux-latest/amzn2-ami-hvm-x86_64-gp2 --query 'Parameters[0].[Value]' --output text) --count 1 --instance-type m4.large
    

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