This topic describes the general workflow for how to create and use an RDS for MySQL instance.

For more information about how to use other engines, see the following topics:

Quick start flowchart

If this is the first time that you use RDS for MySQL, read Limits of RDS MySQL before you purchase an RDS for MySQL instance.

The following flowchart shows the general workflow.

  1. Create an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance
  2. Configure a whitelist for an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance
  3. Apply for a public endpoint for an RDS MySQL instance
  4. Create databases and accounts for an ApsaraDB RDS MySQL instance
  5. Connect to an RDS MySQL instance