Since February 5, 2021, the open source MySQL community no longer provides updates and maintenance for MySQL5.6. However, Alibaba Cloud continues providing updates and maintenance for ApsaraDB RDS instances that run MySQL 5.6. The updates and maintenance that are provided by Alibaba Cloud ends on February 5, 2024.

Extension expiration date

February 5, 2024

Reason

Open source MySQL 5.6 enters the end-of-life (EOL) status on February 5, 2021.

Suggestions

We recommend that you purchase RDS instances that run MySQL 5.7 or 8.0. However, you can still purchase RDS instances that run MySQL 5.6. You can also continue using your existing RDS instances that run MySQL 5.6. The ApsaraDB RDS team continues providing updates and maintenance for these instances.

If your RDS instance runs MySQL 5.6, we recommend that you upgrade the instance to MySQL 5.7 or 8.0 before February 5, 2024. To perform the upgrade, you must create an RDS instance that runs MySQL 5.7 or 8.0. Then, you must migrate the data of your existing RDS instance to the new RDS instance by using Data Transmission Service (DTS). For more information, see Create an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance and Migrate data between ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instances.

Note After the migration is complete, observe your workloads on the new RDS instance. If your workloads run as normal on the new RDS instance, you can release or unsubscribe from your existing RDS instance. For more information, see Release or unsubscribe from an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.