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[ aws . rds ]



Creates a snapshot of a DB cluster. 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.

See also: AWS API Documentation

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


--db-cluster-snapshot-identifier <value>
--db-cluster-identifier <value>
[--tags <value>]
[--cli-input-json <value>]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]


--db-cluster-snapshot-identifier (string)

The identifier of the DB cluster snapshot. This parameter is stored as a lowercase string.


  • Must contain from 1 to 63 letters, numbers, or hyphens.
  • First character must be a letter.
  • Can't end with a hyphen or contain two consecutive hyphens.

Example: my-cluster1-snapshot1

--db-cluster-identifier (string)

The identifier of the DB cluster to create a snapshot for. This parameter isn't case-sensitive.


  • Must match the identifier of an existing DBCluster.

Example: my-cluster1

--tags (list)

The tags to be assigned to the DB cluster snapshot.

Shorthand Syntax:

Key=string,Value=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "string",
    "Value": "string"

--cli-input-json (string) Performs service operation based on the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, the CLI values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command.

See 'aws help' for descriptions of global parameters.


To create a DB cluster snapshot

The following create-db-cluster-snapshot example creates a DB cluster snapshot.

aws rds create-db-cluster-snapshot \
    --db-cluster-identifier mydbcluster \
    --db-cluster-snapshot-identifier mydbclustersnapshot


    "DBClusterSnapshot": {
        "AvailabilityZones": [
        "DBClusterSnapshotIdentifier": "mydbclustersnapshot",
        "DBClusterIdentifier": "mydbcluster",
        "SnapshotCreateTime": "2019-06-18T21:21:00.469Z",
        "Engine": "aurora-mysql",
        "AllocatedStorage": 1,
        "Status": "creating",
        "Port": 0,
        "VpcId": "vpc-6594f31c",
        "ClusterCreateTime": "2019-04-15T14:18:42.785Z",
        "MasterUsername": "myadmin",
        "EngineVersion": "5.7.mysql_aurora.2.04.2",
        "LicenseModel": "aurora-mysql",
        "SnapshotType": "manual",
        "PercentProgress": 0,
        "StorageEncrypted": true,
        "KmsKeyId": "arn:aws:kms:us-east-1:123456789012:key/AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE",
        "DBClusterSnapshotArn": "arn:aws:rds:us-east-1:123456789012:cluster-snapshot:mydbclustersnapshot",
        "IAMDatabaseAuthenticationEnabled": false

For more information, see Creating a DB Cluster Snapshot in the Amazon Aurora User Guide.


DBClusterSnapshot -> (structure)

Contains the details for an Amazon RDS DB cluster snapshot

This data type is used as a response element in the DescribeDBClusterSnapshots action.

AvailabilityZones -> (list)

Provides the list of Availability Zones (AZs) where instances in the DB cluster snapshot can be restored.


DBClusterSnapshotIdentifier -> (string)

Specifies the identifier for the DB cluster snapshot.

DBClusterIdentifier -> (string)

Specifies the DB cluster identifier of the DB cluster that this DB cluster snapshot was created from.

SnapshotCreateTime -> (timestamp)

Provides the time when the snapshot was taken, in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

Engine -> (string)

Specifies the name of the database engine.

AllocatedStorage -> (integer)

Specifies the allocated storage size in gibibytes (GiB).

Status -> (string)

Specifies the status of this DB cluster snapshot.

Port -> (integer)

Specifies the port that the DB cluster was listening on at the time of the snapshot.

VpcId -> (string)

Provides the VPC ID associated with the DB cluster snapshot.

ClusterCreateTime -> (timestamp)

Specifies the time when the DB cluster was created, in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC).

MasterUsername -> (string)

Provides the master username for the DB cluster snapshot.

EngineVersion -> (string)

Provides the version of the database engine for this DB cluster snapshot.

LicenseModel -> (string)

Provides the license model information for this DB cluster snapshot.

SnapshotType -> (string)

Provides the type of the DB cluster snapshot.

PercentProgress -> (integer)

Specifies the percentage of the estimated data that has been transferred.

StorageEncrypted -> (boolean)

Specifies whether the DB cluster snapshot is encrypted.

KmsKeyId -> (string)

If StorageEncrypted is true, the AWS KMS key identifier for the encrypted DB cluster snapshot.

DBClusterSnapshotArn -> (string)

The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the DB cluster snapshot.

SourceDBClusterSnapshotArn -> (string)

If the DB cluster snapshot was copied from a source DB cluster snapshot, the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) for the source DB cluster snapshot, otherwise, a null value.

IAMDatabaseAuthenticationEnabled -> (boolean)

True if mapping of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) accounts to database accounts is enabled, and otherwise false.