Amazon Neptune
User Guide (API Version 2017-11-29)

Copying a Snapshot

With Neptune, you can copy automated or manual DB cluster snapshots. After you copy a snapshot, the copy is a manual snapshot.

You can copy a snapshot within the same AWS Region and you can copy a snapshot across AWS accounts.

Neptune does not support copying snapshots across regions.

Copying an automated snapshot to another AWS account is a two-step process: You first create a manual snapshot from the automated snapshot, and then you copy the manual snapshot to the other account.

As an alternative to copying, you can also share manual snapshots with other AWS accounts. For more information, see Sharing a DB Cluster Snapshot.


The following are some limitations when you copy snapshots:

  • If you delete a source snapshot before the target snapshot becomes available, the snapshot copy may fail. Verify that the target snapshot has a status of AVAILABLE before you delete a source snapshot.

  • You can have up to five snapshot copy requests in progress to a single region per account.

  • You cannot copy a snapshot from one region to another.

Snapshot Retention

Neptune deletes automated snapshots at the end of their retention period, when you disable automated snapshots for a DB cluster, or when you delete a DB cluster. If you want to keep an automated snapshot for a longer period, copy it to create a manual snapshot, which is retained until you delete it. Neptune storage costs might apply to manual snapshots if they exceed your default storage space.

For more information about backup storage costs, see Neptune Pricing.

Copying Shared Snapshots

You can copy snapshots shared to you by other AWS accounts. If you are copying an encrypted snapshot that has been shared from another AWS account, you must have access to the KMS encryption key that was used to encrypt the snapshot.

You can only copy a shared DB cluster snapshot, whether encrypted or not, in the same AWS Region.

Handling Encryption

You can copy a snapshot that has been encrypted using an AWS KMS encryption key. If you copy an encrypted snapshot, the copy of the snapshot must also be encrypted. You can encrypt the copy with the same KMS encryption key as the original snapshot, or you can specify a different KMS encryption key.

You can also encrypt a copy of an unencrypted snapshot. This way, you can quickly add encryption to a previously unencrypted DB cluster. That is, you can create a snapshot of your DB cluster when you are ready to encrypt it, and then create a copy of that snapshot and specify a KMS encryption key to encrypt that snapshot copy. You can then restore an encrypted DB cluster from the encrypted snapshot.

For Amazon Neptune DB cluster snapshots, you also have the option to leave the DB cluster snapshot unencrypted and instead specify a KMS encryption key when restoring. The restored DB cluster is encrypted using the specified key.

Copying a DB Cluster Snapshot

Use the procedures in this topic to copy a DB cluster snapshot. If your source database engine is Neptune, then your snapshot is a DB cluster snapshot.

For each AWS account, you can copy up to five DB cluster snapshots at a time per AWS Region. Copying both encrypted and unencrypted DB cluster snapshots is supported.

For more information about data transfer pricing, see Neptune Pricing.

AWS Management Console

This procedure works for copying encrypted or unencrypted DB cluster snapshots.

To cancel a copy operation once it is in progress, delete the target DB cluster snapshot while that DB cluster snapshot is in copying status.

To copy a DB cluster snapshot

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

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Snapshots.

  3. Select the check box for the DB cluster snapshot you want to copy.

  4. Choose Actions, and then choose Copy Snapshot. The Make Copy of DB Snapshot page appears.

  5. Type the name of the DB cluster snapshot copy in New DB Snapshot Identifier.

  6. To copy tags and values from the snapshot to the copy of the snapshot, choose Copy Tags.

  7. For Enable Encryption, choose one of the following options:

    • Choose Disable encryption if the DB cluster snapshot isn't encrypted and you don't want to encrypt the copy.

    • Choose Enable encryption if the DB cluster snapshot isn't encrypted but you want to encrypt the copy. In this case, for Master Key, specify the KMS key identifier to use to encrypt the DB cluster snapshot copy.

    • Choose Enable encryption if the DB cluster snapshot is encrypted. In this case, you must encrypt the copy, so Yes is already selected. For Master Key, specify the KMS key identifier to use to encrypt the DB cluster snapshot copy.

  8. Choose Copy Snapshot.