Creating an Image Using an External Image File


An external image file can also be used to create a private image.


  • The API used here is the same as the one for creating a private image from an ECS except for the parameters in the request body.

  • The token obtained from Identity and Access Management (IAM) is valid for only 24 hours. If you want to use a token for authentication, you can cache it to avoid frequently calling the IAM API.

Involved APIs

If you use a token for authentication, you must obtain the token and add X-Auth-Token to the request header of the IMS API when making an API call.

  • IAM API used to obtain the token

    URI format: POST https://IAM endpoint/v3/auth/tokens

  • IMS API used to create a data disk image using an external image file

    URI format: POST https://IMS endpoint/v1/cloudimages/dataimages/action


  1. Obtain the token.

  2. Send POST https://IMS endpoint/v2/cloudimages/action.

  3. Add X-Auth-Token to the request header.

  4. Specify the following parameters in the request body:

      "name": "ims_test_file",  //Image name (mandatory, string)
      "description": "Image creation using an image file uploaded to the OBS bucket",  //Image description (optional, string)
      "image_url": "ims-image:centos70.qcow2",  //Image file address (mandatory, string)
      "os_version": "CentOS 7.0 64bit",  //OS version (optional, string)
      "is_config_init":true,  //Initialized or not (optional, boolean)
      "min_disk": 40,  //Minimum system disk size (mandatory, integer)
      "is_config":true,  //Whether to enable automatic configuration (optional, boolean)
      "tags": [
            ]  //Image tag list (optional, array of objects)


    For how to obtain the address of the image file in the OBS bucket, see "Operations on Buckets" in the Object Storage Service API Reference.

    • If the request is successful, a job ID is returned.

    • If the request fails, an error code and error details are returned. For details, see Error Codes.

  5. Query job details using the job ID by referring to Querying Job Details.

    If the job status is SUCCESS, the private image is successfully created.

    For details about status codes for request errors, see Status Codes.

  6. Obtain the image ID from the job body. You can query for image details based on the image ID. For details, see Queries Details About an Image.