Why is my EC2 instance stuck in the stopping state?

Last updated: 2020-05-19

I tried to stop my Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance and now it is stuck in the stopping state. How do I fix this?

Short Description

Instances might appear "stuck" in the stopping state when there is a problem with the underlying hardware hosting the instance. This can also occur when hibernating a hibernation-enabled instance.

Note: To check the most recent state of your instance, choose the refresh icon in the Amazon EC2 console. Or, run the describe-instances command in the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI).

In the following example, replace i-0123ab456c789d01e with the ID of the instance you're trying to stop:

aws ec2 describe-instances --instance-ids i-0123ab456c789d01e --output json

Check the State Code and Name in the JSON response:

"State": {
                        "Code": 64, 
                        "Name": "stopping"


If your instance becomes stuck in the stopping state, refer to Troubleshooting stopping your instance.

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