How do I use EC2 Instance Connect to troubleshoot issues when I connect to my EC2 instance?

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I receive the following error when I use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Instance Connect to connect to my Amazon EC2 instance: "There was a problem setting up the instance connectionLog in failed. If this instance has just started up, try again in a minute or two."

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The following are common reasons why you might receive an error when you use EC2 Instance Connect to connect to your instance:

  • EC2 Instance Connect doesn't support the operating system (OS) distribution.
  • The EC2 Instance Connect package isn't installed on the instance.
  • There are missing or incorrect AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policies or permissions.
  • Security groups that are associated with the instance don't list EC2 Instance Connect service IP addresses.
  • The network access or configuration is incorrect.

If your instance doesn't have a public IP address, then you must establish private network connectivity to your virtual private cloud (VPC). To establish private network connectivity to your VPC, use AWS Direct Connect, AWS Site-to-Site VPN, or VPC peering.

If your instance doesn't have a public IPv4 address, and your VPC doesn't have a private network connectivity configuration, then use EC2 Instance Connect Endpoint.

Note: If you turned on the EC2 serial console for Linux instances, then use the serial console to troubleshoot Nitro-based instance types. To access the serial console, use either the Amazon EC2 console or the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI).

If you can't reach your instance and you didn't configure access to the serial console, then see Configure access to the EC2 serial console.

Note: If you receive errors when you run AWS CLI commands, then see Troubleshoot AWS CLI errors. Also, make sure that you're using the most recent AWS CLI version.


To troubleshoot issues when you connect to your EC2 instance, confirm the following configurations:

Use browser-based SSH connections

Browser-based SSH connections require that your instance's security group inbound rules allow EC2 Instance Connect access to SSH on TCP port 22.

EC2 Instance Connect uses specific IP address ranges for browser-based SSH connections to your instance. These AWS IP address ranges differ between AWS Regions. To find the IP address range for EC2 Instance Connect in a specific Region, run the following commands.

Note: In the following commands, replace us-east-1 with the Region that your instance is in. Be sure your instance is in a Region that EC2 Instance Connect supports.

The following Windows command requires Windows PowerShell for AWS:

PS C:\> Get-AWSPublicIpAddressRange -Region us-east-1 -ServiceKey EC2_INSTANCE_CONNECT | select IpPrefix

The following Linux command requires curl and jq:

$ curl -s| jq -r '.prefixes[] | select(.region=="us-east-1") | select(.service=="EC2_INSTANCE_CONNECT") | .ip_prefix'

Update your security group inbound rules to allow TCP port 22 access from the IP address range that the preceding commands return.

Use EC2 Instance Connect CLI connection

Update your security group inbound rules to allow TCP port 22 access from your IP address.

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AWS OFFICIALUpdated 6 days ago

Suggested Enhancement: In addition to the existing troubleshooting steps, I would like to propose adding the following step to the checklist:

Also, add a step to check the route table settings associated with the VPC subnet of the EC2 instance. Ensure that there is a route defined to the Internet Gateway (IGW), and the proper subnet is associated with it. This is crucial for establishing a successful connection using EC2 Instance Connect.

I believe this addition will be beneficial for AWS users who may encounter similar issues in the future, as it addresses a common cause of connectivity problems.

replied 8 months ago

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