AWS Lightsail: Easy Fix for AWS Lightsail Instance Stuck on Pending Status

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Your AWS Lightsail instance stuck on “Pending” status and you just have “Basic” support – no techical support team to direct support you? Don’t worry, I’ve got the fix for your AWS Lightsail instance.

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AWS Lightsail Intstance stuck on “Pending” status? Check out below for the easy fix.

This was happened to me last time for not sure what was the reason, but for sure my AWS Lightsail instance running Bitnami wordpress suddenly not responsive and stuck on the “Pending” status and causing my WordPress website unable to run. What’s more unfortunate is that I didn’t have technical support from AWS (I didn’t buy their technical support package), after a few trials here and there, I was able to fix my AWS Lightsail instance back to “Running” status. And that’s the reason I’m writting this article: to share with you – AWS Lightsail users – who happen to get your instance stuck on “Pending” status.

Here’s how to fix AWS Lightsail Instance that is stuck on “Pending” Status

Follow the steps provided here. Tested working on my own AWS Lightsail instance. My recommendation would be to use a Computer (instead of a smartphone / tablet) to do all the steps below.

All the steps provided here were run and tested on Windows 11.

Step 1) Login to AWS Lightsail

1a) Open your favorite browser and key in the following link to open AWS Lightsail.


1b) Login to your AWS Lightsail instance with the credential that has access to download SSH key.

Step 2) Select AWS Lightsail Instance stuck on Pending status

Once logged in, select the instance having issue. If you can’t click the instance, try clicking on the Public IP Address, then click on the troubled Lightsail instance.

Step 3) Take note the AWS Lightsail Instance Public IP Address

Inside the troubled AWS Lightsail Instance, do the following steps:

3a) Go to “Connect” tab.
3b) Inside Connect screen, take note on the Public IP Address as the Public IP Address is going to be used to connect to the instance from your Computer.

Don’t close the browser tab.

Step 4) Download the SSH Key

Still inside the troubled AWS Lightsail Instance, do the following steps:

4a) under “Connect” tab, find “Download Default Key”.
4b) Click on “Download Default Key” to download the SSH Key.
4c) A .pem file, labelled as “LightsailDefaultKey-xxxxx.pem” will be downloaded to your Computer (where xxxxx refers to your AWS region).

Don’t close the browser tab, leave the troubled AWS Lightsail Instance on your browser tab.

Step 5) Download PuTTYgen

PuTTYgen is going to be used to convert your .pem file into .ppk file – that’s going to be used to connect to your AWS Lightsail Instance via Command Line Interface (CLI).


Find and download PuTTYgen.exe (either 64-bit x86 or 32-bit x86 or 64-bit arm, select based on your Computer OS)

Step 6) Download Putty

If PuTTYgen is used for converting .pem file to .ppk file, PuTTY itself is used to connect to your AWS Lightsail Instance via CLI.


Find and download PuTTY.exe (either 64-bit x86 or 32-bit x86 or 64-bit arm, select based on your Computer OS)

Step 7) Run PuTTYgen

Follow these steps:

7a) Double click PuTTYgen.exe to start it.
7b) Click on “Load”.
7c) Click on “PuTTY Private Key Files (.ppk)” and select “All Files (*.*)”.
7d) Find and select “LightsailDefaultKey-xxxxx.pem” (where xxxxx refers to your AWS region). Then press Open.
7e) You’ll get notified that you “Successfully imported foreign key”. Click “OK”.
7d) Click on “Save private key” and click “Yes” when prompted with “Are you sure you want to save this key without a passphrase to protect it?”. Alternatively, click “No” if you want to key in the passphrase to it.
7e) Select the location you want to save the private key and you can give the private key any name you like. For easier reference on the rest of this article, I’m going to save it on “C:\Downloads” and use “AWSLightsailPrivateKey.ppk” as the name.

You can safely close PuTTYgen.

Step 8) Run PuTTY

Follow these steps:

8a) Double click PuTTY.exe to start it.
8b) On the left pane, navigate to Connection > SSH > Auth.
8c) Inside Auth screen, click on “Browse”.
8d) Find and select the private key. If you are following my recommendation, the file name would be “AWSLightsailPrivateKey.ppk”. Click “Open”.
8e) On the left pane, navigate to Session.
8f) Inside Session screen, under “Host Name (or IP address)”, key-in your AWS Lightsail Instance Public IP Address (see Step 3 above). Leave everything else as default.
8g) Click “Open”.
8h) A Command Line Interface (CLI) window will appear and prompt you to login. Depending on your OS, key-in the username accordingly and press “Enter”.

OS & Username
Amazon Linux: ec2-user
Amazon Linux 2: ec2-user
Bitnami instances: bitnami
CentOS instances: centos
cPanel & WHM instances: centos
Debian instances: admin
FreeBSD: ec2-user
openSUSE: ec2-user
Plesk instances: ubuntu
Ubuntu instances: ubuntu

If you do this step correctly, you’ll be notified with “Authenticating with public key …” and you logged in to the AWS Lightsail CLI.

Step 9) Reboot AWS Lightsail Instance

Once logged in to your AWS Lightsail via CLI, now what you need to do is to reboot the instance.

9a) Type “sudo reboot” and press “Enter”.
9b) You’ll get disconnected from the CLI – that’s ok. Do wait for a couple of minutes (recommended 5 minutes).

After a couple of minutes, your AWS Lightsail instance should be turned off / stopped and then restarted.

Step 10) Check AWS Lightsail Instance

10a) Go back to your browser tab showing the troubled AWS Lightsail Instance.
10b) Check if now the status showing as “Running” and no longer “Pending”.

If you do all the steps correctly, you should see your AWS Lightsail instance now in “Running” status.


1) Don’t forget to close the PuTTY.
2) If you are using shared Computer, don’t forget to permanently delete the private key (“AWSLightsailPrivateKey.ppk”) and “LightsailDefaultKey-xxxxx.pem”. Failure to secure these 2 keys, means that you are giving access to your AWS Lightsail instance to anyone finding the keys.

Bring it all together

So hopefully after running through all the steps provided above, your AWS Lightsail Instance is no longer stuck on “Pending” status but rather on “Running” status. In case you are having difficulties in any of the steps above, don’t hesitate to ask for help on the comment section down below. I’ll be happy to assist. Cheers!

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