Amazon Relational Database Service
Command Line Interface Reference (API Version 2014-10-31)


The Amazon RDS Command Line Interface (RDS CLI) has been deprecated. Instead, use the AWS CLI for RDS. To learn how to download and use the AWS CLI, see AWS Command Line Interface User Guide. For RDS commands available in the AWS CLI, see AWS CLI Reference for Amazon RDS.

The AWS CLI does not currently support the DownloadCompleteDBLogFile REST API action. To download an entire log file at once, rather than in parts using the download-db-log-file-portion command, use the last published RDS CLI and the rds-download-db-logfile command.


Returns information about available database engine versions.


rds-describe-db-engine-versions [-d (--default-only) ]

[-e (--engine) value ]

[-f (--db-parameter-group-family) value ]

[-v (--engine-version) value ]

[-cs (--list-supported-character-sets) value ]

[General Options]


Name Description Required


--db-parameter-group-family value

DB parameter group family filter value.

Type: String

Default: None

Example: -f mysql5.1




Indicates that only the default version of the specified engine or engine and major version combination is returned.

Type: Switch flag

Example: --default-only



--engine value

Database engine filter value.

Type: String

Example: -e mysql



--engine-version value

The version number of the database engine.

Type: String

Example: -v 5.1.42




Generates a list of supported Oracle character sets.



The command returns a table with the following information:


Output values list the possible values returned by CLI commands. Not all values are returned for every call to a command. If a value is null or empty, it will not be included in the command output. For example, CLI commands to create or restore a DB instance will not return the Endpoint Address value because that value is null until the DB instance has finished being created or restored.

  • Engine—name of the database engine.

  • EngineVersion—database engine version number.

  • Parameter Group Family—the version's parameter group family.

  • EngineVersion—database engine version number.

  • Engine Description—full name of the database engine.

  • Engine Version Description—full version information of the database engine.

  • Default Character Set—the default character set for the database engine.


Describing Engine Versions

This example returns descriptions for all available versions of all available database engines.

PROMPT> rds-describe-db-engine-versions VERSION Engine Version Parameter Group Family Engine Description Engine Version Description Default Character Set VERSION mysql 5.1.42 mysql5.1 MySQL Version 5.1.42 VERSION mysql 5.1.45 mysql5.1 MySQL Version 5.1.45 VERSION mysql 5.1.47 mysql5.1 MySQL Version 5.1.47 VERSION oracle-ee oracle-ee-11.2 Oracle Database Server EE Oracle EE AL32UTF8

Describing Engine Versions for a Specific Engine

This example describes all available versions of the MySQL database engine.

PROMPT> rds-describe-db-engine-versions --engine mysql --show-long --header VERSION Engine Version Parameter Group Family VERSION mysql 5.1.42 mysql5.1 VERSION mysql 5.1.45 mysql5.1 VERSION mysql 5.1.47 mysql5.1 VERSION mysql 5.1.48 mysql5.1 VERSION mysql 5.1.49 mysql5.1 VERSION mysql 5.1.50 mysql5.1 VERSION mysql 5.5.8 mysql5.5