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ApsaraDB RDS:Create a database

Last Updated:Aug 18, 2023

Before you can use an ApsaraDB RDS instance, you must create a database on the instance. This topic describes how to create a database on an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.


An RDS instance is created. For more information, see Create an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance.


  • instance: a virtualized database server. You can create and manage multiple databases on an RDS instance.
  • database: a set of data that is stored in an organized manner and can be shared by a number of users. A database provides the minimal redundancy and is independent of applications. In simple words, a database is a data warehouse that is used to store data.
  • character set: a collection of letters, special characters, and encoding rules that are used in a database.


  1. Go to the Instances page. In the top navigation bar, select the region in which the RDS instance resides. Then, find the RDS instance and click the ID of the instance.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, click Databases.

  3. On the page that appears, click Create Database and configure the following parameters.



    Database Name

    The name of the database. The name must be 2 to 64 characters in length and can contain letters, digits, underscores (_), and hyphens (-). The name must start with a letter and end with a letter or a digit.

    Supported Character Set

    The character set of the database.


    The description of the database. The description can be up to 256 characters in length.

  4. Click Create.

What to do next

Connect to an ApsaraDB RDS for SQL Server instance

Related operations




Creates a database on an instance.