How to clone an EC2 instance in AWS?

AWS is immensely popular and still dominating the cloud world. We have set up one AWS EC2 instance with all our necessary packages, and now we want to create another EC2 instance with the same configuration.

Instead of reconfiguring a new instance we can clone the already configured instance and apply that to the new instance.

Cloning an instance means creating an image of the existing EC2 instance. The creation might take some time. Once the image is ready we can use that image to create a new instance.

This can be done using the AWS web management console. Following are the steps:

Login to the instance
Select the instance and click on instance action
Click on the create image option
Once the image is ready, launch a new instance using this image