Viewing Amazon RDS events - Amazon Relational Database Service

Viewing Amazon RDS events

You can retrieve the following event information for your Amazon RDS resources:

  • Resource name

  • Resource type

  • Time of the event

  • Message summary of the event

You can access events in the following parts of the AWS Management Console:

  • The Events tab, which shows events from the past 24 hours.

  • The Recent events table in the Logs & events section in the Databases tab, which can show events for up to the past 2 weeks.

You can also retrieve events by using the describe-events AWS CLI command, or the DescribeEvents RDS API operation. If you use the AWS CLI or the RDS API to view events, you can retrieve events for up to the past 14 days.


If you need to store events for longer periods of time, you can send Amazon RDS events to EventBridge. For more information, see Creating a rule that triggers on an Amazon RDS event

For descriptions of the Amazon RDS events, see Amazon RDS event categories and event messages.

To access detailed information about events using AWS CloudTrail, including request parameters, see CloudTrail events.

To view all Amazon RDS events for the past 24 hours
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon RDS console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Events.

    The available events appear in a list.

  3. (Optional) Enter a search term to filter your results.

    The following example shows a list of events filtered by the characters stopped.

    List DB events

To view all events generated in the last hour, call describe-events with no parameters.

aws rds describe-events

The following sample output shows that a DB instance has been stopped.

{ "Events": [ { "EventCategories": [ "notification" ], "SourceType": "db-instance", "SourceArn": "arn:aws:rds:us-east-1:123456789012:db:testinst", "Date": "2022-04-22T21:31:00.681Z", "Message": "DB instance stopped", "SourceIdentifier": "testinst" } ] }

To view all Amazon RDS events for the past 10080 minutes (7 days), call the describe-events AWS CLI command and set the --duration parameter to 10080.

aws rds describe-events --duration 10080

The following example shows the events in the specified time range for DB instance test-instance.

aws rds describe-events \ --source-identifier test-instance \ --source-type db-instance \ --start-time 2022-03-13T22:00Z \ --end-time 2022-03-13T23:59Z

The following sample output shows the status of a backup.

{ "Events": [ { "SourceType": "db-instance", "SourceIdentifier": "test-instance", "EventCategories": [ "backup" ], "Message": "Backing up DB instance", "Date": "2022-03-13T23:09:23.983Z", "SourceArn": "arn:aws:rds:us-east-1:123456789012:db:test-instance" }, { "SourceType": "db-instance", "SourceIdentifier": "test-instance", "EventCategories": [ "backup" ], "Message": "Finished DB Instance backup", "Date": "2022-03-13T23:15:13.049Z", "SourceArn": "arn:aws:rds:us-east-1:123456789012:db:test-instance" } ] }

You can view all Amazon RDS instance events for the past 14 days by calling the DescribeEvents RDS API operation and setting the Duration parameter to 20160.