How To Check Volume Attached To Ec2

How To Articles

Hey there! Today I want to talk about how to check the volume attached to an EC2 instance. This is a crucial skill to have as a cloud engineer, and it’s something that I’ve personally found incredibly useful in my day-to-day work.

Now, whenever I work with EC2 instances, I often find myself needing to check the volume that’s attached to them. It could be to troubleshoot an issue, resize the volume, or simply get some information about the storage configuration. Regardless of the reason, it’s important to know how to do it.

So, let’s dive right in!

Method 1: Using the EC2 Console

The easiest way to check the volume attached to an EC2 instance is by using the EC2 console. Here’s how:

  1. First, open the EC2 console in your web browser and navigate to the “Instances” section.
  2. Locate the EC2 instance for which you want to check the attached volume and select it.
  3. In the “Description” tab, you’ll find a section called “Block devices”. This section lists all the volumes attached to the instance.
  4. You can click on each volume to view more details, such as the volume type, size, and attachment status.

Using the EC2 console is a straightforward way to get a quick overview of the volumes attached to your instances. However, if you prefer the command line, there’s another method you can use.

Method 2: Using the AWS CLI

If you’re more comfortable with the command line interface, the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) provides a convenient way to check the volume attached to an EC2 instance. Here’s how:

  1. Open your terminal or command prompt and ensure that you have the AWS CLI installed and configured with your AWS credentials.
  2. Run the following command to get the volume ID of the attached volume:
  3. aws ec2 describe-volumes --filters Name=attachment.instance-id,Values=YOUR_INSTANCE_ID --query "Volumes[].VolumeId" --output text

    Replace YOUR_INSTANCE_ID with the actual ID of your EC2 instance.

  4. The command will return the volume ID of the attached volume.

By using the AWS CLI, you can quickly retrieve the volume ID without having to navigate through the EC2 console.


Checking the volume attached to an EC2 instance is an essential skill for any cloud engineer. Whether you prefer using the EC2 console or the AWS CLI, both methods allow you to quickly retrieve the necessary information about the attached volume.

Remember, being able to check the volume attached to an EC2 instance is just the first step. Once you have this information, you can perform various tasks like resizing the volume, troubleshooting issues, or managing your storage configuration effectively. So keep practicing and exploring different AWS services, and soon you’ll become a pro in managing EC2 instances!