How do I troubleshoot InstanceLimitExceeded errors when starting or launching an EC2 instance?

Last updated: 2020-03-30

I’m unable to start or launch my Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance, and I'm receiving the following error:

InstanceLimitExceeded “Your quota allows for 0 more running instance(s).”

How can I troubleshoot this issue? 


The InstanceLimitExceeded error indicates that you reached the limit on the number of running On-Demand instances that you can launch in a Region.

You can request an instance limit increase on a per-Region basis. For more information, see Amazon EC2 Service Limits.