These images are no longer supported

Please note that Debian 6.x (Squeeze) is no longer maintained. Please see the stable release information for details on the current stable release, and the EC2 image information for details on the latest AMIs for Amazon EC2.

If you still require the details of the squeeze AMIs, please refer to historical versions of this page.

Debian Squeeze (6.0.x) on AWS EC2

You may wish to use the CloudFormation template and launch your instance with some smart UserData scripts.

SSH username

In line with the security of most Linux distributions on Amazon Web Services, remote root SSH is disabled (as is password authentication). You will need to connect to instances from this AMI as the user admin, and then sudo -i to gain root access.

Please note that a Marketplace image volume cannot be attached to another running instance (For example, to repair a broken /etc/fstab, or /etc/network/interfaces). This is a limitation of all Marketplace images, as described here: Official AWS documentation


Images were created on 21/Jul/2014 by James Bromberger using bootstrap-vz.


32-bit PVM

64-bit PVM

AMI Details are available in historical version of this page.

Using the aws-cli, you may find this useful: aws --region us-east-1 ec2 describe-images --owners 379101102735 --filters "Name=tag:Name,Values=*6.0.10*" --query "Images[*].[Architecture,?ImageId]" --output text

Upgrading from previous 6.0.x releases

As is standard with Debian, a simple apt-get update && apt-get upgrade should bring all packages up to date. There is no need to reinstall, but any CloudFormation templates and AutoScale Launch Configurations should be tested with and then updated to use the current AMI. It is recommended not to use older point releases.

The Squeeze image performs the following tasks:

The image by default makes no contact to any external servers (no updates applied, no outbound requests, no data leakage).

It is planned to provide a machine-readable version of the above list of images. For the sake of the brainstorm, a JSON version is temporarly placed at Cloud/AmazonEC2Image/Squeeze/JSON. However, the structure is very likely to change, see 694035 for details. Here is a naive example on how to query the list. euca-describe-images $(curl --silent | jsonpipe | awk '/Debian606.ap-northeast-1.64/ {print $2}' | sed 's/"//g')

Suggested UserData scripts

The image by default takes no actions upon boot, and does not auto-update. However, as the Debian image does honour executing UserData meta-data that looks like a script (started with #!/bin/sh), you may optionally chose to take some action. This action can be passed as a script in the AWS Console UserData input, or in the above CloudFormation template to an instance (see the UserData section in the example above).

You can chose to enable auto update with the following UserData scripts:

   1 #!/bin/sh
   2 apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y && apt-get install -y unattended-upgrades

See also Cloud and Teams/Cloud.