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

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Starting an Amazon RDS DB Instance That Was Previously Stopped

You can stop your Amazon RDS DB instance temporarily to save money. After you stop your DB instance, you can restart it to begin using it again. For more details about stopping and starting DB instances, see Stopping an Amazon RDS DB Instance Temporarily.

When you start a DB instance that you previously stopped, the DB instance retains the ID, Domain Name Server (DNS) endpoint, parameter group, security group, and option group. When you start a stopped instance, you are charged a full instance hour.


To start a DB instance

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon RDS console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Databases, and then choose the DB instance that you want to start.

  3. For Actions, choose Start.


To start a DB instance by using the AWS CLI, call the start-db-instance command with the following parameters:

  • --db-instance-identifier – the name of the DB instance.


start-db-instance --db-instance-identifier mydbinstance


To start a DB instance by using the Amazon RDS API, call the StartDBInstance operation with the following parameters:

  • DBInstanceIdentifier – the name of the DB instance.

Example ?Action=StartDBInstance &DBInstanceIdentifier=mydbinstance &SignatureMethod=HmacSHA256 &SignatureVersion=4 &Version=2014-10-31 &X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 &X-Amz-Credential=AKIADQKE4SARGYLE/20131016/us-west-1/rds/aws4_request &X-Amz-Date=20131016T233051Z &X-Amz-SignedHeaders=content-type;host;user-agent;x-amz-content-sha256;x-amz-date &X-Amz-Signature=087a8eb41cb1ab5f99e81575f23e73757ffc6a1e42d7d2b30b9cc0be988cff97

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