Exporting an Image


If you need to use a private image in a storage device or on other platforms, you can export the image.

All available private images can be exported to an OBS bucket in a specific format. After you have exported an image, you can download it from the OBS bucket to the specified storage device.

Images exported in different formats may vary in size. You will be charged for the space used to store these images.


  • The storage class of the OBS bucket must be Standard.

  • 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 export an image

    URI format: POST https://IMS endpoint/v1/cloudimages/Image ID/file


  1. Obtain the token.

  2. Send POST https://IMS endpoint/v1/cloudimages/Image ID/file.

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

  4. Specify the following parameters in the request body:

       "bucket_url":"ims-image:centos7_5.qcow2",  //URL of the target file in the format of <Bucket name>:<File name> (mandatory, string)
       "file_format":"qcow2"  //File format, which can be qcow2, vhd, zvhd, or vmdk (mandatory, string)

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

  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.