Today, we’re releasing significant improvements to our Images capabilities (available in beta) for all customers and data centers. While we’ve long supported developers in taking Image snapshots to easily provision services on Linodes, you can now upload your own image via the Cloud Manager, API, or CLI, and take advantage of expanded storage capacity per account.
The updated Images service significantly reduces the overhead of provisioning Linodes, and allows our customers to use Images to their full advantage. Images are stored even if you don’t have any active Linodes, so the image is always available when you need it and can be deployed to any Linode in any data center.
Images will remain a free service through the beta period, and will transition to a paid service of $0.10/GB per month starting September 1, 2021. All Images users will be notified of the change via Linode Support in advance, giving you the opportunity to remove Images if needed.
Automatic Images, which are short-lived recovery images generated after a Linode is deleted, will remain free.
Linode Image currently supports uploads of raw disk image (.img) files that have been compressed using gzip (.gz) before uploading. The maximum compressed file size for uploading an image is 5 GB. When billing for Images goes into effect, you will be charged for the uncompressed size of the image.
Participating in the Images Beta
We plan to continue to improve our Images service, so please send any feedback on features or your experience at https://www.linode.com/feedback/. If you are experiencing a technical issue, please open a support ticket so we can address it as quickly as possible.