Creating Databases in Athena - Amazon Athena

Creating Databases in Athena

A database in Athena is a logical grouping for tables you create in it. Creating a database in the Athena console query editor is straightforward.

To create a database using the Athena query editor

  1. Open the Athena console at

  2. On the Editor tab, enter the Hive data definition language (DDL) command CREATE DATABASE myDataBase. Replace myDatabase with the name that you want to use. For restrictions on database names, see Names for Tables, Databases, and Columns.

  3. Choose Run or press Ctrl+ENTER.

  4. To make your database the current database, select it from from the Database menu on the left of the query editor.


    Currently, the database menu can show and filter a maximum of 1000 databases regardless of the type of data catalog used. This is a limitation of the Athena console, not an account limit. The number of databases that can be displayed and filtered is not user configurable.

For information on controlling permissions to Athena databases, see Fine-Grained Access to Databases and Tables in the AWS Glue Data Catalog.