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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.

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 from 1 to 255 letters, numbers, or hyphens.

  • The first character must be a letter.

  • Cannot 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.


If SkipFinalSnapshot is false, you must specify a FinalDBSnapshotIdentifier parameter.

Default: false

Type: Boolean

Required: No

Response Elements

The following element is returned by the service.


Detailed information about a DB cluster.

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


You already have a DB cluster snapshot with the given identifier.

HTTP Status Code: 400


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

HTTP Status Code: 400


The DB cluster isn't in a valid state.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The request would cause you to exceed the allowed number of DB snapshots.

HTTP Status Code: 400

See Also

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