Delete an AWS RDS Instance

Sam Julien
InstructorSam Julien

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Published 3 months ago
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Delete your RDS instance now! RDS instances are expensive. It would be unfortunate to create one for tutorial purposes and forget about it until you're charged a month from now.

To delete an RDS instance select it in the list view, open the actions drop-down menu, select the delete option, go through the acknowledgments, then select the delete button.

Instructor: [0:00] We created our first RDS database, but as I mentioned, these things can get really, really expensive if you forget to delete them. Let's go back up to our databases, and let's go ahead and delete this right now.

[0:14] I'm going to go ahead and go to Actions and then Delete. We don't need a final snapshot, which is a backup of the database. We also don't need to retain any of the automated backups. We need to acknowledge that we will never be able to see this data again, and then we need to type "delete me" into the field.

[0:33] Why am I doing this? Remember that that database was going to cost us $118 a month. I don't know about you, but if I navigate away from this page and forget this database exists, I'm going to be paying $118 next month. Always remember to clean up your database instances as soon as you're done with them.

[0:53] Of course, if you need to use the database, don't delete it. If you're just doing a tutorial like this, go ahead and immediately clean up after you're done with that database. That will take just a couple minutes to complete. Then, after a few minutes, you will see this message that says that the database was successfully deleted.

[1:12] If I go to click on the Refresh button here, it's given us some sort of weird error. Let's go ahead and close this info box over in the upper-right corner here and then just refresh the page. Now, you can see that we don't have any databases here in our list.