I created an Amazon Free tier Usage Account. I launched two amazon ec2 instances using the online tool. After that one instance was created and running while other was pending which quickly shifted to terminated state.

In description it shows
State Transition Reason: Server.InternalError: Internal error on launch

Is there any where I could restart the terminated instance or remove it from table. It looks very annoying

  • It would be good to see the answer as accepted, which still holds good as of today.
    – Fr0zenFyr
    Jun 11, 2016 at 9:02

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Terminated instances will go away after a few hours. There is nothing you can do to manually remove them.

Not to worry, you won't get billed for it.

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    anbhiav you need to mark this as answer. good question good answer.
    – user4951
    Aug 30, 2012 at 6:18
  • @JimThio: Your comment could have gained some attention from OP if it was posted on question. Anyway, I agree that the answer is pretty straight forward and to the point.
    – Fr0zenFyr
    Jun 11, 2016 at 9:01
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    They disappear after 60 minutes. Nov 14, 2016 at 3:26
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    ...until they don't. Mine have been around for weeks...
    – quant
    Dec 23, 2018 at 7:53
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    You can hide terminated instances filtering with this rule: Instance State : !Terminated
    – fdb
    Jun 6, 2019 at 14:47

Just want to add a note to the AWS docs on the topic:

Terminate Your Instance

You can delete your instance when you no longer need it. This is referred to as terminating your instance. As soon as the state of an instance changes to shutting-down or terminated, you stop incurring charges for that instance.

You can't connect to or restart an instance after you've terminated it. However, you can launch additional instances using the same AMI.

Instance Termination

After you terminate an instance, it remains visible in the console for a short while, and then the entry is automatically deleted. You cannot delete the terminated instance entry yourself.



To just hide terminated instances from the table, click the zoom-out magnifying glass next to Terminated in the Instance Status column.

This adds an Instance State is !terminated filter.

  • Yes, thanks you, this works around this annoying issue
    – oferei
    Apr 26, 2022 at 14:20

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