Download Pre-configured Cloud Images for Linux & Windows

Creating the cloud instance image is not a cake-walk. If you have followed the last article ,you would have felt the same. That could be the reason why the pre-configured cloud images are available in the internet. also states that “The simplest way to obtain a virtual machine image that works with OpenStack is to download one that someone else has already created.”  In this article we will see that where we can download the various Linux distribution cloud images and windows images.


CirrOS images:

CirrisOS images can be downloaded from CirrOS official download page. CirrOS is very small Linux foot print and test image on Openstack cloud environment. If your deployment uses QEMU or KVM, we recommend using the images in qcow2 format. The most recent 64-bit qcow2 image as of this writing is cirros-0.3.4-x86_64-disk.img.

In a CirrOS image, the login account is cirros. The password is cubswin:)


 CentOS images:

CentOS project team maintains the images at

  • For CentOS 6.4 and 6.5: The user is ‘cloud-user‘.
  • For CentOS 7.0: The user is ‘centos‘.


Ubuntu images:

Ubuntu Cloud Images are pre-installed disk images that have been customized by Ubuntu engineering to run on cloud-platforms such as Amazon EC2, Openstack, Windows and LXC.

Ubuntu’s pre-configured images can be downloaded from here.

The default user is “ubunutu” .

Fedora images:

Fedora projects maintains the cloud images on  Fedoara’s default user is “fedora”.



OpneSUSE can be downloaded from suse website . SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) is not available  but you can built the custom image using the SUSE studio.


Red Hat Enterprise Linux images

Redhat Maintains their own cloud images for Redhat Enterprise Linux. Unlike other Linux, you can’t download the images  without the valid redhat subscription. Here is the download links for RHEL 6 & 7.

The default login account is cloud-user.


Microsoft Windows :

Cloudbase solutions provides the windows servers 2012 images . It has been customized by  cloudbase and ready to be deployed in openstack. It supported on the below listed hyper-visors.

  • Hyper-V
  • KVM
  • XenServer

Cloudbase bundles the required drivers also in the images. For an example , virtIO drivers included in the image  for KVM. This images are pre-installed with cloud-init packages and properly sys-prepared and generalized.

Here is the link to download the windows server 2012 cloud images. 


Hope this article is informative to you.



  1. Hello, I am developing my own OpenStack qcow2 image repository:

    maybe someone will make use of it.

  2. cloud-user is not valid username for centos 6.5 images no use after i download

  3. Do you have windows openstack image? If you have please share the link.