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Amazon Aurora updates

Amazon Aurora releases updates regularly. Updates are applied to Amazon Aurora DB clusters during system maintenance windows. The timing when updates are applied depends on the region and maintenance window setting for the DB cluster, and also the type of update. Updates require a database restart, so you typically experience 20–30 seconds of downtime. After this downtime, you can resume using your DB cluster or clusters. You can view or change your maintenance window settings from the Amazon Web Services Management Console.


The time required to reboot your DB instance depends on the crash recovery process, database activity at the time of reboot, and the behavior of your specific DB engine. To improve the reboot time, we recommend that you reduce database activity as much as possible during the reboot process. Reducing database activity reduces rollback activity for in-transit transactions.

For information on operating system updates for Amazon Aurora, see Working with operating system updates.

Some updates are specific to a database engine supported by Aurora. For more information about database engine updates, see the following table.

Identifying your Amazon Aurora version

Amazon Aurora includes certain features that are general to Aurora and available to all Aurora DB clusters. Aurora includes other features that are specific to a particular database engine that Aurora supports. These features are available only to those Aurora DB clusters that use that database engine, such as Aurora PostgreSQL.

An Aurora DB instance provides two version numbers, the Aurora version number and the Aurora database engine version number. Aurora version numbers use the following format.

<major version>.<minor version>.<patch version>

To get the Aurora version number from an Aurora DB instance using a particular database engine, use one of the following queries.

Database engine Queries

Amazon Aurora MySQL

SHOW @@aurora_version;

Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL