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Ubuntu Pro for AWS

For production. For professionals.

Ubuntu Pro for AWS is a premium image delivering the most comprehensive open source security and AWS compliance. Ubuntu Pro is suitable for small to large-scale Linux enterprise operations offering pay-as-you-go billing on your existing AWS invoice.

Upgrade Ubuntu LTS to Ubuntu Pro

Now you can upgrade your Ubuntu LTS machines to Ubuntu Pro with just a few clicks using AWS License Manager without subscriptions or long term commitments.

A detailed tutorial can be found here: How to update your Ubuntu LTS instances to Ubuntu Pro using AWS License Manager

Previous Releases

Ubuntu Pro 20.04 LTS

Maintained until 2030.

Launch now

Ubuntu Pro 18.04 LTS

Maintained until 2028.

Launch now

Ubuntu Pro 16.04 LTS

Maintained until 2026.

Launch now

What's in Ubuntu Pro?

  • FIPS & CC-EAL2 certified

    Certified components to enable operating environments under compliance regimes like FedRAMP, HIPAA, PCI and ISO.


    For companies looking to leverage industry benchmarks for hardening, Ubuntu Pro makes two leading implementation guides available.

  • Open source security

    Ubuntu Pro adds security coverage for the most important open source applications like Apache Kafka, NGINX, MongoDB, Redis and PostgreSQL.

  • Predictable and optimised

    Ubuntu Pro is based on Ubuntu and leverages both the breadth of open source included and the AWS optimisations built in.

  • Kernel Livepatch

    Ubuntu kernel updates are regularly issued. With our Livepatch service, kernel patches are delivered immediately, without the need for reboot.

  • Priced for the cloud

    Ubuntu Pro pricing tracks the underlying EC2 cost, starting at 20% for the smallest t3.nano instances, and ramping down to less than 1%.

  • The right Ubuntu for you

    Canonical brings the most popular Ubuntu Server distributions to choose from - 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS and 20.04 LTS.

  • 10-year lifetime

    Canonical backs Ubuntu Pro for 10 years, ensuring security updates are available throughout, with a guaranteed upgrade path.

  • Optional 24/7 support

    Additional enterprise-grade support available through private offer for Pro.

Learn more about security for Ubuntu ›

AWS compliance made easy

Ubuntu Pro for AWS: FIPS compliance made easy

The FIPS certified Ubuntu Pro image is now available on AWS. Ubuntu Pro FIPS is the critical foundation for state agencies administering federal programs and private sector companies with government contracts. Ubuntu Pro FIPS is built upon the power of Ubuntu Pro's enhanced stability, AWS compliance and security features and is maintained to provide your organisation with the strongest FIPS foundation now and in the future.

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Broadest open source security coverage keeps CISOs sleeping at night

Ubuntu Pro includes security coverage for the entire collection of software packages shipped with Ubuntu, tracking high and critical CVEs. Ideal for companies that have embraced open source for their new products.

Developers choose Ubuntu because it includes a set of open source packages known as 'universe'. These include NGINX, MongoDB, Redis, Kafka… with Ubuntu Pro, CIOs and security officers can be confident they can roll these packages out to production.

The new Ubuntu Pro images will deliver a further optimised experience to our customers, providing additional security and performance to their Ubuntu instances, Ubuntu Pro can be purchased, deployed and launched on AWS in a seamless and effortless manner, removing the need for additional provisioning or procurement processes.

Deepak Singh, VP of Compute Services, AWS

Choose the right Ubuntu for you

  Ubuntu Ubuntu Pro
AWS optimised kernel and userspace Yes Yes
Security patches for Ubuntu infrastructure components Yes Yes
Security patches for hundreds of open source applications, including Apache Kafka, MongoDB, RabbitMQ, Redis and NodeJS   Yes
FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria EAL2 certified components, with optional CIS hardening profile and DISA STIG   Yes
Kernel Livepatch for instant security and higher uptimes   Yes
Maintenance commitment 5 years 10 years

Read the Ubuntu Pro datasheet ›

Pricing for US East (N. Virginia) Region

Example instance size EC2 hourly Ubuntu Pro hourly
t3.nano $0.005 $0.001
t3.medium $0.042 $0.009
c5.large $0.085 $0.019
r5.xlarge $0.252 $0.046
i3.2xlarge $0.624 $0.088
r5d.4xlarge $1.152 $0.127

For complete pricing, see Ubuntu Pro 18.04 LTS on the AWS Marketplace

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More about Ubuntu Pro: Read the datasheet ›