I want to create a backup of my Amazon Lightsail instance to preserve work I've done on it. How do I do that?

You can create a snapshot of your Lightsail instance to use as a backup, or to launch multiple copies of a single instance.

Snapshots can also be helpful if you want to preserve the state of your instance, but you don't need to run the instance at all times. You can take a snapshot of an instance, and after the snapshot is created, delete the running Lightsail instance. Later, when you need that instance again, you can create a new Lightsail instance from that snapshot.

Snapshots are billed at a lower rate than running Lightsail instances; for more information, see What do Lightsail snapshots cost? on the Lightsail FAQ.

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Published: 2017-04-26