Build Containers

for Free on AWS

Free offers and services you need to run containers in the cloud

Learn more about building Containers with AWS 


Containers are a powerful way for developers to package and deploy their applications. They are lightweight and provide a consistent, portable software environment for applications to easily run and scale anywhere. 80% of all containers in the cloud run on AWS. Customers such as Samsung, Expedia, GoDaddy, and Snap choose to run their containers on AWS because of our security, reliability, and scalability.


Containers provide process isolation that makes it easy to break apart and run applications as independent components called microservices.

Application migration to the cloud

Containers make it easy to package entire applications and move them to the cloud without needing to make any code changes.

Platform as a service

Use containers to build platforms that remove the need for developers to manage infrastructure and standardize how your applications are deployed and managed.

Free Product Offers

 Build container solutions using these product offers from the AWS Free Tier.


Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR)

Container Registry

Amazon Elastic Container Registry (Amazon ECR) is a fully managed container registry that makes it easy to store, manage, share, and deploy your container images and artifacts anywhere.  


500 MB per month of storage for your private repositories 

Amazon ECR pricing

Amazon Elastic Container Service

Container Orchestration

Amazon ECS is a fully managed container orchestration service that helps you easily deploy, manage, and scale containerized applications. It deeply integrates with the rest of the AWS platform to provide a secure and easy-to-use solution for running container workloads in the cloud.


Amazon ECS is always free. You pay for AWS resources (e.g. EC2 instances, EBS volumes, and memory) you create to store and run your application.  

Amazon ECS pricing

Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) Anywhere

Hybrid Deployments
A feature of Amazon ECS that enables you to easily run containers on customer-managed infrastructure, including on your own virtual machines (VMs) and bare metal servers.

2,200 instance
hours per month

Amazon ECS Anywhere pricing
Amazon Lightsail

Virtual Private Server 
Lightsail is an easy-to-use virtual private server (VPS) that offers you everything needed to build an application or website, plus a cost-effective, monthly plan. 90-DAYS FREE

Offer only applies to one bundle per account. Standard charges apply after first 750 hours of usage of the selected bundle each month.

Try the 3.50/mo, $5/mo, or $10/mo plans for free for three months when using Linux/Unix

Try the $8 USD, $12, or $20 plans for free for three months when using Windows

Try the $10 USD per node for free for three months when using Containers

Try the $15 USD database plans for free for three months when using Databases
Amazon Lightsail pricing 

Amazon EC2

Elastic Compute Cloud

EC2 virtual machines gives you control of your server clusters and provide a broad range of customization options. 


750 hours per month of Linux, RHEL, SLES or Windows t2.micro or t3.micro instance dependent on region

Amazon EC2 pricing

Learn more about Containers

Browse through our collection of videos and tutorials to deepen your knowledge and experience with AWS

  • Videos
  • Tutorials
  • Videos
  • Introducing Amazon ECS Anywhere (32:07)
    Getting Started with Amazon Lightsail Containers (41:41)
    Introducing Amazon Lightsail (2:11)
    Getting More Out of Amazon EC2 (30:59)
  • Tutorials
  • Tutorials

    Start with these free and simple tutorials to explore containers

    Getting Started with Containers

    In this getting started exercise, you will learn how to run containers on AWS. Follow step-by-step tutorials and workshops, read documentation, watch videos, and read blogs on your specific use case.

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    Creating, pushing, and deploying container images with Amazon Lightsail

    In this tutorial, we show you how to create a container image on your local machine using a Dockerfile. After your image is created, you can then push it to your Lightsail container service to deploy it.

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    Getting started with Amazon ECS Anywhere

    In this getting started exercise, you will learn how to run an application in an AWS Region as well as on an arbitrary customer-managed infrastructure.

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    Train a Deep Learning model with AWS Deep Learning Containers on Amazon EC2

    In this tutorial,  you will train a TensorFlow machine learning model on an Amazon EC2 instance using the AWS Deep Learning Containers.

    Learn more »

AWS Free Tier

The AWS Free Tier offers users an opportunity to explore products for free, with offers including products that are always free, free for 12 months, and short-term free trials.


Get Started

Creating an AWS account is free and gives you immediate access to the AWS Free Tier.