Ubuntu on AWS

Ubuntu on AWS is a set of customised Ubuntu images that allow easy access to a wide range of products and services - offered by both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Canonical. These images have an optimised kernel that boots faster, has a smaller footprint and includes AWS-specific drivers.

These images provide a foundation for deploying cloud-based software solutions, specifically for software built on Ubuntu and running on AWS. They focus on providing the optimal tools and features needed to run specific workloads.

The images create a stable and secure cloud platform that is ideal for scaling development work done on Ubuntu-based systems. Since Ubuntu is one of the most favoured operating systems amongst developers, using an Ubuntu-based image for the corresponding cloud deployment becomes the simplest option.

Everyone from individual developers to large enterprises use these images for developing and deploying their softwares. For highly regulated industries from the government, medical and finance sectors, various security-certified images are also available.

In this documentation

How-to guides

Step-by-step guides covering key operations and common tasks involving the use of Ubuntu on EC2 and EKS.


Technical information - specifications such as EC2 credentials, and EKS snaps.


Discussion and clarification of key topics, such as our offerings, our image retention policy and the usage of snaps in our EKS images.

Customised Ubuntu images

For each Ubuntu release, we deliver multiple customised images to AWS. These images are based on the - AWS service being used, underlying architectures, required features, storage types and virtualisation types:

  • AWS services - EC2, EKS

  • architectures - AMD64, ARM64 (Graviton)

  • Ubuntu image types - server, minimal

  • storage types - instance store, Elastic Block Store (EBS)

  • virtualisation types - Paravirtual (PV), Hardware Virtual Machine (HVM)

  • support/security compliance levels - standard, Ubuntu Pro, Ubuntu Pro FIPS

For more details read about Canonical’s offerings on AWS

Project and community

Ubuntu on AWS is a member of the Ubuntu family and the project warmly welcomes community projects, contributions, suggestions, fixes and constructive feedback.

If none of the above options are suitable for you, and you still want to get in touch, send us an email: aws@canonical.com.