Getting started with Amazon RDS

The AWS Management Console provides a web-based interface for accessing and managing all your Amazon RDS resources. You gain programmatic access to Amazon RDS resources through the AWS CLI and RDS APIs. In addition, Amazon RDS is supported by a wide range of third party tools.

Amazon RDS Free Tier

As part of the AWS Free Tier, the Amazon RDS Free Tier helps new AWS customers get started with a managed database service in the cloud for free. You can use the Amazon RDS Free Tier to develop new applications, test existing applications, or simply gain hands-on experience with Amazon RDS.  

Working with Amazon RDS via the AWS Management Console

The AWS Management Console is a web-based interface for accessing and managing your Amazon RDS resources. You can easily and securely create new database instances, modify their parameters, scale compute and memory resources, increase database storage, and perform snapshots. The Amazon RDS Getting Started Guide shows you step-by-step how to perform these tasks.

Working with the AWS Command Line Interface

To control and automate Amazon RDS resources from the command line, use the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI).

Working with Amazon RDS via the RDS APIs

Amazon RDS allows you to use a simple set of web services APIs to create, delete and modify database instances. You can also control access and security for your instances and manage your database backups and snapshots. For a full list of the available Amazon RDS APIs, please see the Amazon RDS API Guide.

Getting started tutorials

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easier to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient, resizable capacity for an industry-standard relational database and manages common database administration tasks.

Amazon RDS Documentation

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) is a web service that makes it easier to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient, resizable capacity for an industry-standard relational database and manages common database administration tasks.

Amazon RDS User Guide
Describes all Amazon RDS concepts and provides instructions on using the various features with both the console and the command line interface.

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Amazon RDS in the AWS CLI Reference
Describes all the CLI commands for Amazon RDS in detail. Provides all syntax. Also provides examples for the most common commands.

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Amazon Aurora User Guide
Describes all Amazon Aurora concepts and provides instructions on using the various features with both the console and the command line interface.

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API Reference
Describes all the API operations for Amazon RDS in detail. Also provides sample requests, responses, and errors for the supported web services protocols.

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Performance Insights API Reference
Describes all the API operations for Amazon RDS Performance Insights in detail. Also provides sample requests, responses, and errors for the supported web service protocols.

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Videos

Deep Dive on Amazon Relational Database Service (52:50)
Best Practices for Migrating from Oracle and SQL Server to Amazon RDS (56:57)
AWS Database and Analytics State of the Union (1:00:02)
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