Cloud Images - Amazon EC2

Amazon EC2

Amazon Web Service’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides a platform for deploying and running applications.


On EC2, cloud images are referred to as Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). Canonical produces a wide variety of images to support numerous features found on EC2:

  • Generally, all images utilize EBS storage and HVM virtualization types. Older releases may also support PV and instance-store, but users benefit from the newer storage and virtualization technologies.
  • Standard server images as well as minimal images for amd64. As well, arm64 images for the standard server set.
  • Daily (untested) and release images are published.

Find Images with SSM

The AWS Systems Manager (SSM) parameter store is used by Canonical to store the latest AMI release versions for EC2. This provides users with a programmatic method of querying for the latest AMI ID.

Canonical stores SSM parameters under /aws/service/canonical/. To find the latest AMI ID user’s can use the AWS CLI:

aws ssm get-parameters --names \

The path follows the following format:

  • PRODUCT: server or server-minimal
  • RELEASE: focal, 20.04, bionic, 18.04, xenial, or 16.04
  • ARCH: amd64 or arm64
  • VIRT_TYPE: pv or hvm
  • VOL_TYPE: ebs-gp2, ebs-io1, ebs-standard, or instance-store

For more details on SSM check out the following Discourse thread.

Image Locator

Canonical also produces a Ubutnu Cloud Image Finder where users can filter down based on a variety of criteria (e.g. region, release, etc. ).


EKS is a managed Kubernetes service provided by AWS that lets users run Kubernetes applications in the cloud or on-premises.

Canonical provides minimized Ubuntu images customized for use with EKS. These are fully tested release images that cover all Kubernetes versions supported by the EKS service.

AWS Marketplace

AWS Marketplace is a digital catalog with thousands of software listings from independent software vendors that make it easy to find, test, buy, and deploy software that runs on AWS.

Canonical maintains image listings for recent Ubuntu releases on AWS Marketplace, including images in minimal and arm64 flavors.

Customers can also use the AWS Marketplace to launch and subscribe to official Ubuntu Pro images that allow users to pay for additional support.