This topic describes how to manually release a pay-as-you-go ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance. It also describes how to manually unsubscribe from a subscription ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.


Note The download of backup files is not supported for RDS instances that run MySQL 5.7 or 8.0 on RDS Basic or High-availability Edition with standard or enhanced SSDs.

Release a pay-as-you-go RDS instance

  1. Use one of the following methods to open the Release Instance message:
    • Find your RDS instance. In the Actions column, click More and select Release Instance from the menu that appears.
      1. Find your RDS instance and click its ID.
      2. On the Basic Information page, click Release Instance.
  2. In the message that appears, click Confirm.

Unsubscribe from a subscription RDS instance

If you want to unsubscribe from your RDS instance, submit a ticket.


  • If I release a read-only RDS instance, will my workloads be interrupted?
    Yes, if you release a read-only RDS instance, your workloads on the read-only RDS instance will be interrupted. Before you release a read-only RDS instance, we recommend that you set the read weight of the read-only RDS instance to 0. For more information, see Modify the latency threshold and read weights of ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instances.
    Note The cached connections to the read-only RDS instance that you have released remains valid. If you want to route the read requests over the cached connections to the other read-only RDS instances, you must establish new connections.
  • After I release an RDS instance, how do I retrieve the data of the RDS instance?

    If you have specified to retain the backup files of an RDS instance after the RDS instance is released, you can go to the Backup for Deleted Instances page in the ApsaraDB for RDS console to restore data. For more information, see Back up an ApsaraDB RDS for MySQL instance.


Operation Description
Release instance Releases a pay-as-you-go ApsaraDB for RDS instance. (You cannot unsubscribe from a subscription ApsaraDB for RDS instance by calling an API operation.)