Shared AMIs - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
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Shared AMIs

A shared AMI is an AMI that a developer created and made available for others to use. One of the easiest ways to get started with Amazon EC2 is to use a shared AMI that has the components you need and then add custom content. You can also create your own AMIs and share them with others.

You use a shared AMI at your own risk. Amazon can't vouch for the integrity or security of AMIs shared by other Amazon EC2 users. Therefore, you should treat shared AMIs as you would any foreign code that you might consider deploying in your own data center, and perform the appropriate due diligence. We recommend that you get an AMI from a trusted source, such as a verified provider.

Verified provider

In the Amazon EC2 console, public AMIs that are owned by Amazon or a verified Amazon partner are marked Verified provider.

You can also use the describe-images Amazon CLI command to identify the public AMIs that come from a verified provider. Public images that are owned by Amazon or a verified partner have an aliased owner, which is either amazon or aws-marketplace. In the CLI output, these values appear for ImageOwnerAlias. Other users can't alias their AMIs. This enables you to easily find AMIs from Amazon or verified partners.

To become a verified provider, you must register as a seller on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. Once registered, you can list your AMI on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace. For more information, see Getting started as a seller and AMI-based products in the Amazon Web Services Marketplace Seller Guide.

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