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Distributes an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) by making it public in multiple regions


usage: distami [-h] [--region REGION] [--to REGIONS] [-p] [--verbose] AMI_ID

Distributes an AMI by making it public.

positional arguments:
  AMI_ID           the source AMI ID to distribute. E.g. ami-1234abcd

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit
  --region REGION  the region the AMI is in (default is current region of EC2
                   instance this is running on). E.g. us-east-1
  --to REGIONS     comma-separated list of regions to copy the AMI to. The
                   default is all regions. E.g. us-east-1,us-west-1,us-west-2
  -p, --parallel   Perform each copy to another region in parallel. The
                   default is in serial which can take a long time
  --verbose, -v    enable verbose output (-vvv for more)


Copy an AMI to all regions in parallel from an EC2 instance such as Aminator:

distami -p ami-abcd1234

Copy AMI in us-east-1 to us-west-1

distribute --region us-east-1 ami-abcd1234 --to us-west-1


You can install DistAMI using the usual PyPI channels. Example:

sudo pip install distami

You can find the package details here: https://pypi.python.org/pypi/distami

Source Code

The Python source code for DistAMI is available on GitHub:



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