Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment

Test beta, release candidate, and early production versions of database engine software on RDS

The Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment allows you to test beta, release candidate, and early production versions of PostgreSQL database engine software with the convenience and flexibility of Amazon RDS. You can now start testing new features and functionality of open source database software on RDS within days or weeks of the new versions becoming available from the PostgreSQL community. Database instances in the RDS Database Preview Environment are fully functional and allow complete testing of each new database engine without the hassle of having to self-install, provision, and manage a preview version of the database software.

The RDS Database Preview Environment currently supports development, beta, and release candidate versions of the next upcoming major version of PostgreSQL. Preview versions of PostgreSQL are available in the RDS Database Preview Environment until the production version is released by the PostgreSQL community and subsequently released by Amazon RDS. PostgreSQL database instances in the RDS Database Preview Environment are priced the same as production RDS instances created in the US East (Ohio) Region.

PostgreSQL 11.0 is now available in the Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment.

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Test open source database software on RDS

Shorten your release cycles

Test reliability, functionality, and performance improvements in database engine software without waiting for the Amazon RDS integration and testing to complete. This allows you to shorten your release cycles by weeks, by avoiding the hassle of installing, provisioning, and managing preview versions of database software.

Access new database features

Leverage the managed service benefits of Amazon RDS while testing database software versions not yet supported by RDS. The RDS Database Preview Environment supports both Single-AZ and Multi-AZ instances on the latest generation of instance classes and can be encrypted at rest using KMS keys.

Report issues to the Amazon RDS team

Use the Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment Forum to share information and concerns about the candidate versions of the PostgreSQL database and about the RDS Database Preview Environment.

Get started with the Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment

The Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment is available for existing RDS customers and those wishing to try RDS for the first time.
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Sign up for Amazon RDS

Get access to the  Amazon RDS Free Tier.
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Access the Preview Environment

Navigate to the Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment from the Amazon RDS dashboard in the AWS Console.
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Launch a Preview Instance

Launch a database preview instance. Consult the Amazon RDS Database Preview Environment Forum for help.