Subscribing, Launching, and Managing Products

What does it mean to Subscribe to a Product?
How do I launch software from the AWS Marketplace website?
When would I use ‘Launch with EC2 Console’ instead of 'Launch with 1-Click'?
How do I launch a Marketplace product from the AWS console?
Why do some products not show up in Your Software? 
How do I cancel an AWS Marketplace software subscription?
How many instances of my software can I run?
What happens when a vendor updates their product?
How do I allow others at my company to subscribe to products?

What does it mean to Subscribe to a Product?

Subscribing to a product means that you have accepted the terms of the product. Once subscribed, you will be able to launch the AMIs that contain this software using 1-Click Launch or using the EC2 console, EC2 APIs, and other management tools. If you are not subscribed, you will not be able to run these AMIs, from the Marketplace website or the EC2 console.

If the product has a monthly fee, then upon subscription you will be charged the fee, prorated based on the time remaining in the month. No other charges will be assessed until you launch an EC2 instance with this AMI.

How do I launch the software on the AWS Marketplace website?

Once subscribed, there are two ways to launch software from the AWS Marketplace website: Launch with 1-Click and Launch with EC2 Console.

The 1-Click Launch tab allows you to quickly review, modify, and then launch the software with settings recommended by the software seller.

The Launch with EC2 Console tab provides an easy way to find the AMI identification number (AMI ID) and other pertinent information that are required to launch the AMI using the AWS Management Console, EC2 APIs, or other management tools.

When would I use ‘Launch with EC2 Console’ instead of 'Launch with 1-Click'?

1-Click Launch helps you launch quickly with recommended default options. If you prefer more options, such as launching in a VPC or using Spot Instances, then “Launch with EC2 Console” provides the information that you need to launch Marketplace products via channels other than the AWS Marketplace website such as the EC2 Console or EC2 APIs.

How do I launch a Marketplace product from the AWS console?

Follow these steps to launch a Marketplace product from the EC2 console:

  1. Locate the product by visiting “Your Software”.
  2. Click on Launch New Instance and select the “Launch with EC2 Console” tab.
  3. Select the version of the software that you would like to launch (default is the most recent).
  4. Click on the “Launch in EC2 console” button for the region you prefer
  5. Follow the rest of the steps in the console launch wizard

Why do some products not show up in Your Software?

Products that are "sold by" Amazon Web Services use a slightly different mechanism for tracking usage so the customer experience is a little different too. For these products, you do not need to "Accept terms" before using these products. Their terms of use are included in AWS Service terms. Because you do not need to subscribe, you will not receive a confirmation email the first time you use it.

These products will not appear in Your Software, but you can always find them by searching for them. Additionally, charges for these products will appear on your bill as part of your Amazon EC2 charges, not as a separate software line item.

How do I cancel an AWS Marketplace software subscription?

You can cancel your software subscription by going to Your Software and clicking Cancel Subscription. Canceling your subscription means that you can no longer launch new EC2 instances of this AMI. If the product has a monthly fee, you will no longer be billed for it.

(If you have any running instances, you must first terminate all instances of the software before cancelling. You can do this using the AWS Management Console.)

How many instances of my software can I run?

Amazon EC2 initially limits the number of instances to 20 per region. If you need more instances, complete the Amazon EC2 instance request form. Your request for instances is tied to the region you request them for.

What happens when a vendor updates their product?

When the vendor publishes an AMI with an update to a product you are subscribed to, you will receive a notification email from AWS Marketplace that contains information about the update and provides installation instructions.

You can always visit the Your Software page to find the latest version provided by the vendor.

How do I allow others at my company to subscribe to products?

Don’t give others your AWS root credentials! Instead, use AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) to create an IAM user for each person who should have access to AWS Marketplace and give them appropriate permissions to work with your subscriptions. People can then log into AWS Marketplace using the IAM user credentials you’ve created. For details, see Controlling Access to Your AWS Subscriptions.