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


The DeleteDBCluster action deletes a previously provisioned DB cluster. When you delete a DB cluster, all automated backups for that DB cluster are deleted and can't be recovered. Manual DB cluster snapshots of the specified DB cluster are not deleted.

For more information on Amazon Aurora, see What Is Amazon Aurora? in the Amazon Aurora User Guide.


This action only applies to Aurora DB clusters.

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.


The DB cluster identifier for the DB cluster to be deleted. This parameter isn't case-sensitive.


  • Must match an existing DBClusterIdentifier.

Type: String

Required: Yes


The DB cluster snapshot identifier of the new DB cluster snapshot created when SkipFinalSnapshot is set to false.


Specifying this parameter and also setting the SkipFinalShapshot parameter to true results in an error.


  • Must be 1 to 255 letters, numbers, or hyphens.

  • First character must be a letter

  • Can't end with a hyphen or contain two consecutive hyphens

Type: String

Required: No


Determines whether a final DB cluster snapshot is created before the DB cluster is deleted. If true is specified, no DB cluster snapshot is created. If false is specified, a DB cluster snapshot is created before the DB cluster is deleted.


You must specify a FinalDBSnapshotIdentifier parameter if SkipFinalSnapshot is false.

Default: false

Type: Boolean

Required: No

Response Elements

The following element is returned by the service.


Contains the details of an Amazon Aurora DB cluster.

This data type is used as a response element in the DescribeDBClusters, StopDBCluster, and StartDBCluster actions.

Type: DBCluster object


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


DBClusterIdentifier doesn't refer to an existing DB cluster.

HTTP Status Code: 404


The user already has a DB cluster snapshot with the given identifier.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The supplied value isn't a valid DB cluster snapshot state.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The requested operation can't be performed while the cluster is in this state.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The request would result in the user exceeding the allowed number of DB snapshots.

HTTP Status Code: 400


Sample Request ?Action=DeleteDBCluster &DBClusterIdentifier=sample-cluster2 &SignatureMethod=HmacSHA256 &SignatureVersion=4 &Version=2014-10-31 &X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 &X-Amz-Credential=AKIADQKE4SARGYLE/20140725/us-east-1/rds/aws4_request &X-Amz-Date=20140725T162148Z &X-Amz-SignedHeaders=content-type;host;user-agent;x-amz-content-sha256;x-amz-date &X-Amz-Signature=815910f78c5a9813e1c15300fcf206e04da071b3586770169765292dc6aa2ed4

Sample Response

<DeleteDBClusterResponse xmlns=""> <DeleteDBClusterResult> <DBCluster> <Engine>aurora5.6</Engine> <Status>available</Status> <BackupRetentionPeriod>0</BackupRetentionPeriod> <DBSubnetGroup>my-subgroup</DBSubnetGroup> <EngineVersion>5.6.10a</EngineVersion> <Endpoint></Endpoint> <DBClusterIdentifier>sample-cluster2</DBClusterIdentifier> <PreferredBackupWindow>04:45-05:15</PreferredBackupWindow> <PreferredMaintenanceWindow>sat:05:56-sat:06:26</PreferredMaintenanceWindow> <DBClusterMembers/> <AllocatedStorage>15</AllocatedStorage> <MasterUsername>awsuser</MasterUsername> </DBCluster> </DeleteDBClusterResult> <ResponseMetadata> <RequestId>c72118dc-1417-11e4-8c7b-931a6c1fef28</RequestId> </ResponseMetadata> </DeleteDBClusterResponse>

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: