AMI How-to: De-register and Delete AMIs
Using the AWS Management Console:
Log to the Amazon AWS console
1 – Log in to the AWS Management Console and Select Amazon EC2
2- On the right EC2 dashboard pane select AMIs to view the AMIs list
3 – Pick the AMI and write down its id (for step #5). Right-click it, and select De-register Image.
4 – On the confirmation dialog box select Yes, De-register
The image is de-registered, which means it is deleted and can no longer be launched.
5 – Clean up: Go to the Snapshots page, find the related snapshot, right-click and delete.
Using the Command Line Tools:
Deregister an AMI from Amazon EC2:
PROMPT> ec2-deregister ami-5bae4b32 IMAGE ami-5bae4b32
You need to delete your deregistered AMIs from Amazon S3. If you don’t then you will continue to be charged for the space you’re using: