Lightsail / Client / create_instances



Creates one or more Amazon Lightsail instances.

The create instances operation supports tag-based access control via request tags. For more information, see the Lightsail Developer Guide.

See also: AWS API Documentation

Request Syntax

response = client.create_instances(
            'key': 'string',
            'value': 'string'
            'addOnType': 'AutoSnapshot'|'StopInstanceOnIdle',
            'autoSnapshotAddOnRequest': {
                'snapshotTimeOfDay': 'string'
            'stopInstanceOnIdleRequest': {
                'threshold': 'string',
                'duration': 'string'
  • instanceNames (list) –


    The names to use for your new Lightsail instances. Separate multiple values using quotation marks and commas, for example: ["MyFirstInstance","MySecondInstance"]

    • (string) –

  • availabilityZone (string) –


    The Availability Zone in which to create your instance. Use the following format: us-east-2a (case sensitive). You can get a list of Availability Zones by using the get regions operation. Be sure to add the include Availability Zones parameter to your request.

  • customImageName (string) –

    (Discontinued) The name for your custom image.


    In releases prior to June 12, 2017, this parameter was ignored by the API. It is now discontinued.

  • blueprintId (string) –


    The ID for a virtual private server image ( app_wordpress_x_x or app_lamp_x_x). Use the get blueprints operation to return a list of available images (or blueprints).


    Use active blueprints when creating new instances. Inactive blueprints are listed to support customers with existing instances and are not necessarily available to create new instances. Blueprints are marked inactive when they become outdated due to operating system updates or new application releases.

  • bundleId (string) –


    The bundle of specification information for your virtual private server (or instance), including the pricing plan ( medium_x_x).

  • userData (string) –

    A launch script you can create that configures a server with additional user data. For example, you might want to run apt-get -y update.


    Depending on the machine image you choose, the command to get software on your instance varies. Amazon Linux and CentOS use yum, Debian and Ubuntu use apt-get, and FreeBSD uses pkg. For a complete list, see the Amazon Lightsail Developer Guide.

  • keyPairName (string) – The name of your key pair.

  • tags (list) –

    The tag keys and optional values to add to the resource during create.

    Use the TagResource action to tag a resource after it’s created.

    • (dict) –

      Describes a tag key and optional value assigned to an Amazon Lightsail resource.

      For more information about tags in Lightsail, see the Amazon Lightsail Developer Guide.

      • key (string) –

        The key of the tag.

        Constraints: Tag keys accept a maximum of 128 letters, numbers, spaces in UTF-8, or the following characters: + - = . _ : / @

      • value (string) –

        The value of the tag.

        Constraints: Tag values accept a maximum of 256 letters, numbers, spaces in UTF-8, or the following characters: + - = . _ : / @

  • addOns (list) –

    An array of objects representing the add-ons to enable for the new instance.

    • (dict) –

      Describes a request to enable, modify, or disable an add-on for an Amazon Lightsail resource.


      An additional cost may be associated with enabling add-ons. For more information, see the Lightsail pricing page.

      • addOnType (string) – [REQUIRED]

        The add-on type.

      • autoSnapshotAddOnRequest (dict) –

        An object that represents additional parameters when enabling or modifying the automatic snapshot add-on.

        • snapshotTimeOfDay (string) –

          The daily time when an automatic snapshot will be created.


          • Must be in HH:00 format, and in an hourly increment.

          • Specified in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

          • The snapshot will be automatically created between the time specified and up to 45 minutes after.

      • stopInstanceOnIdleRequest (dict) –

        An object that represents additional parameters when enabling or modifying the StopInstanceOnIdle add-on.


        This object only applies to Lightsail for Research resources.

        • threshold (string) –

          The value to compare with the duration.

        • duration (string) –

          The amount of idle time in minutes after which your virtual computer will automatically stop.

  • ipAddressType (string) –

    The IP address type for the instance.

    The possible values are ipv4 for IPv4 only, ipv6 for IPv6 only, and dualstack for IPv4 and IPv6.

    The default value is dualstack.

Return type:



Response Syntax

    'operations': [
            'id': 'string',
            'resourceName': 'string',
            'resourceType': 'ContainerService'|'Instance'|'StaticIp'|'KeyPair'|'InstanceSnapshot'|'Domain'|'PeeredVpc'|'LoadBalancer'|'LoadBalancerTlsCertificate'|'Disk'|'DiskSnapshot'|'RelationalDatabase'|'RelationalDatabaseSnapshot'|'ExportSnapshotRecord'|'CloudFormationStackRecord'|'Alarm'|'ContactMethod'|'Distribution'|'Certificate'|'Bucket',
            'createdAt': datetime(2015, 1, 1),
            'location': {
                'availabilityZone': 'string',
                'regionName': 'us-east-1'|'us-east-2'|'us-west-1'|'us-west-2'|'eu-west-1'|'eu-west-2'|'eu-west-3'|'eu-central-1'|'ca-central-1'|'ap-south-1'|'ap-southeast-1'|'ap-southeast-2'|'ap-northeast-1'|'ap-northeast-2'|'eu-north-1'
            'isTerminal': True|False,
            'operationDetails': 'string',
            'operationType': 'DeleteKnownHostKeys'|'DeleteInstance'|'CreateInstance'|'StopInstance'|'StartInstance'|'RebootInstance'|'OpenInstancePublicPorts'|'PutInstancePublicPorts'|'CloseInstancePublicPorts'|'AllocateStaticIp'|'ReleaseStaticIp'|'AttachStaticIp'|'DetachStaticIp'|'UpdateDomainEntry'|'DeleteDomainEntry'|'CreateDomain'|'DeleteDomain'|'CreateInstanceSnapshot'|'DeleteInstanceSnapshot'|'CreateInstancesFromSnapshot'|'CreateLoadBalancer'|'DeleteLoadBalancer'|'AttachInstancesToLoadBalancer'|'DetachInstancesFromLoadBalancer'|'UpdateLoadBalancerAttribute'|'CreateLoadBalancerTlsCertificate'|'DeleteLoadBalancerTlsCertificate'|'AttachLoadBalancerTlsCertificate'|'CreateDisk'|'DeleteDisk'|'AttachDisk'|'DetachDisk'|'CreateDiskSnapshot'|'DeleteDiskSnapshot'|'CreateDiskFromSnapshot'|'CreateRelationalDatabase'|'UpdateRelationalDatabase'|'DeleteRelationalDatabase'|'CreateRelationalDatabaseFromSnapshot'|'CreateRelationalDatabaseSnapshot'|'DeleteRelationalDatabaseSnapshot'|'UpdateRelationalDatabaseParameters'|'StartRelationalDatabase'|'RebootRelationalDatabase'|'StopRelationalDatabase'|'EnableAddOn'|'DisableAddOn'|'PutAlarm'|'GetAlarms'|'DeleteAlarm'|'TestAlarm'|'CreateContactMethod'|'GetContactMethods'|'SendContactMethodVerification'|'DeleteContactMethod'|'CreateDistribution'|'UpdateDistribution'|'DeleteDistribution'|'ResetDistributionCache'|'AttachCertificateToDistribution'|'DetachCertificateFromDistribution'|'UpdateDistributionBundle'|'SetIpAddressType'|'CreateCertificate'|'DeleteCertificate'|'CreateContainerService'|'UpdateContainerService'|'DeleteContainerService'|'CreateContainerServiceDeployment'|'CreateContainerServiceRegistryLogin'|'RegisterContainerImage'|'DeleteContainerImage'|'CreateBucket'|'DeleteBucket'|'CreateBucketAccessKey'|'DeleteBucketAccessKey'|'UpdateBucketBundle'|'UpdateBucket'|'SetResourceAccessForBucket'|'UpdateInstanceMetadataOptions'|'StartGUISession'|'StopGUISession'|'SetupInstanceHttps',
            'status': 'NotStarted'|'Started'|'Failed'|'Completed'|'Succeeded',
            'statusChangedAt': datetime(2015, 1, 1),
            'errorCode': 'string',
            'errorDetails': 'string'

Response Structure

  • (dict) –

    • operations (list) –

      An array of objects that describe the result of the action, such as the status of the request, the timestamp of the request, and the resources affected by the request.

      • (dict) –

        Describes the API operation.

        • id (string) –

          The ID of the operation.

        • resourceName (string) –

          The resource name.

        • resourceType (string) –

          The resource type.

        • createdAt (datetime) –

          The timestamp when the operation was initialized ( 1479816991.349).

        • location (dict) –

          The Amazon Web Services Region and Availability Zone.

          • availabilityZone (string) –

            The Availability Zone. Follows the format us-east-2a (case-sensitive).

          • regionName (string) –

            The Amazon Web Services Region name.

        • isTerminal (boolean) –

          A Boolean value indicating whether the operation is terminal.

        • operationDetails (string) –

          Details about the operation ( Debian-1GB-Ohio-1).

        • operationType (string) –

          The type of operation.

        • status (string) –

          The status of the operation.

        • statusChangedAt (datetime) –

          The timestamp when the status was changed ( 1479816991.349).

        • errorCode (string) –

          The error code.

        • errorDetails (string) –

          The error details.