I'm trying to learn AWS and because I'm some familiar with Linux, I think the best way to learn is to get Amazon Linux AMI right into VirtualBox software and play with it.

I see the latest Amazon Linux AMI by date is 2012.09 and as my question suggest if is there a page where Amazon maintains a hierarchy of all images released to date?


You can't use AMIs in Virtualbox -- there's no way to export an AMI such that this would be possible.

You can find a list of all AMIs here. Note that most of them haven't been released by Amazon, but by a third party.

  • So what close to AMI I can use with VirtualBox and then put my stuff there on AWS? Debian or Fedora? – Umair A. Nov 11 '12 at 14:37
  • You can create AMIs only on the Amazon cloud. – Lars Kotthoff Nov 11 '12 at 15:11
  • I mean among Fedora and Debian which is closest to AMI? – Umair A. Nov 11 '12 at 15:47
  • Depends on the AMI. An AMI is simply a disk image with some metadata, it can be any distribution or Windows or something rlse. – Lars Kotthoff Nov 11 '12 at 15:50
  • Amazon Linux is similar to (but not the same as) RHEL and CentOS. – Sean Jul 23 '13 at 23:48

I know this is an older question but you can now download pre-rolled HD images of Amazon linux for VMWare, VirtualBox, and HyperV here https://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/amazon-linux-2-virtual-machine.html You have to create a meta ISO with user data to help with the install but it should be possible to create a working local Amazon Linux instance for testing.

** EDIT**

I found this repo which worked great for me creating a Virtualbox .box image for Vagrant. Oddly, the image doesn't work when trying to import into Vagrant on Windows but I think that's a Virtualbox bug. It looks like there is a minor bug w/ the scripts when trying to install guest additions which I'm working on a PR for.

** EDIT **

The repo was updated for proper guest additions AND has added VMWare support.


You can also extract the AMI via creating an instance and install packer. http://www.packer.io/

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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to give more context here in the answer, and provide the link only for reference. – slhck Aug 22 '13 at 6:42

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