How To Start Terminated Ec2 Instance

So, you’ve encountered a terminated EC2 instance and you’re wondering how to bring it back to life? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! In this article, I’ll guide you through the process of starting a terminated EC2 instance step by step.

First things first, let’s understand what it means for an EC2 instance to be terminated. When an EC2 instance is terminated, it means that the instance has been permanently stopped and cannot be started again using the usual start command. However, there are a couple of workarounds that we can try to bring the terminated instance back to life.

Option 1: Create an AMI

The first option is to create an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) from the terminated instance. An AMI is a snapshot of the root filesystem of an EC2 instance that can be used to launch new instances with the same configuration as the original instance. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to the EC2 Dashboard in the AWS Management Console.
  2. Click on “Instances” in the left-hand menu.
  3. Filter the list of instances to show only terminated instances.
  4. Select the terminated instance that you want to start.
  5. Click on “Actions” and then “Create Image”.
  6. Provide a name and description for the AMI and click “Create Image”.

Once the AMI is created, you can launch a new EC2 instance using the AMI and start using it as a replacement for the terminated instance.

Option 2: Restore From Snapshot

If you have taken regular snapshots of your terminated EC2 instance’s volumes, you can restore the instance from a snapshot. Here’s how:

  1. Go to the EC2 Dashboard in the AWS Management Console.
  2. Click on “Snapshots” in the left-hand menu.
  3. Filter the list of snapshots to show only the snapshots associated with the terminated instance.
  4. Select the snapshot that you want to use to restore the instance.
  5. Click on “Actions” and then “Create Volume”.
  6. Specify the desired settings for the new volume and click “Create Volume”.
  7. Go back to the EC2 Dashboard and click on “Volumes” in the left-hand menu.
  8. Attach the newly created volume to an existing EC2 instance or launch a new instance from the volume.

Once the instance is restored from the snapshot, you can start it and resume using it just like before.


Although starting a terminated EC2 instance may seem impossible at first, there are workarounds that you can try. By creating an AMI from the terminated instance or restoring it from a snapshot, you can bring back the instance and continue using it. Just make sure to regularly backup your instances or take snapshots to avoid such situations in the future.