Renaming a DB instance - Amazon Relational Database Service
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Renaming a DB instance

You can rename a DB instance by using the Amazon Web Services Management Console, the Amazon CLI modify-db-instance command, or the Amazon RDS API ModifyDBInstance action. Renaming a DB instance can have far-reaching effects. The following is a list of considerations before you rename a DB instance.

  • When you rename a DB instance, the endpoint for the DB instance changes, because the URL includes the name you assigned to the DB instance. You should always redirect traffic from the old URL to the new one.

  • When you rename a DB instance, the old DNS name that was used by the DB instance is immediately deleted, although it could remain cached for a few minutes. The new DNS name for the renamed DB instance becomes effective in about 10 minutes. The renamed DB instance is not available until the new name becomes effective.

  • You cannot use an existing DB instance name when renaming an instance.

  • All read replicas associated with a DB instance remain associated with that instance after it is renamed. For example, suppose you have a DB instance that serves your production database and the instance has several associated read replicas. If you rename the DB instance and then replace it in the production environment with a DB snapshot, the DB instance that you renamed will still have the read replicas associated with it.

  • Metrics and events associated with the name of a DB instance are maintained if you reuse a DB instance name. For example, if you promote a read replica and rename it to be the name of the previous primary DB instance, the events and metrics associated with the primary DB instance are associated with the renamed instance.

  • DB instance tags remain with the DB instance, regardless of renaming.

  • DB snapshots are retained for a renamed DB instance.


A DB instance is an isolated database environment running in the cloud. A DB instance can host multiple databases, or a single Oracle database with multiple schemas. For information about changing a database name, see the documentation for your DB engine.

Renaming to replace an existing DB instance

The most common reasons for renaming a DB instance are that you are promoting a read replica or you are restoring data from a DB snapshot or point-in-time recovery (PITR). By renaming the database, you can replace the DB instance without having to change any application code that references the DB instance. In these cases, you would do the following:

  1. Stop all traffic going to the primary DB instance. This can involve redirecting traffic from accessing the databases on the DB instance or some other way you want to use to prevent traffic from accessing your databases on the DB instance.

  2. Rename the primary DB instance to a name that indicates it is no longer the primary DB instance as described later in this topic.

  3. Create a new primary DB instance by restoring from a DB snapshot or by promoting a read replica, and then give the new instance the name of the previous primary DB instance.

  4. Associate any read replicas with the new primary DB instance.

If you delete the old primary DB instance, you are responsible for deleting any unwanted DB snapshots of the old primary DB instance.

For information about promoting a read replica, see Promoting a read replica to be a standalone DB instance.


The DB instance is rebooted when it is renamed.

To rename a DB instance
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console and open the Amazon RDS console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Databases.

  3. Choose the DB instance that you want to rename.

  4. Choose Modify.

  5. In Settings, enter a new name for DB instance identifier.

  6. Choose Continue.

  7. To apply the changes immediately, choose Apply immediately. Choosing this option can cause an outage in some cases. For more information, see Modifying an Amazon RDS DB instance.

  8. On the confirmation page, review your changes. If they are correct, choose Modify DB Instance to save your changes.

    Alternatively, choose Back to edit your changes, or choose Cancel to cancel your changes.

To rename a DB instance, use the Amazon CLI command modify-db-instance. Provide the current --db-instance-identifier value and --new-db-instance-identifier parameter with the new name of the DB instance.


For Linux, macOS, or Unix:

aws rds modify-db-instance \ --db-instance-identifier DBInstanceIdentifier \ --new-db-instance-identifier NewDBInstanceIdentifier

For Windows:

aws rds modify-db-instance ^ --db-instance-identifier DBInstanceIdentifier ^ --new-db-instance-identifier NewDBInstanceIdentifier

To rename a DB instance, call Amazon RDS API operation ModifyDBInstance with the following parameters:

  • DBInstanceIdentifier — existing name for the instance

  • NewDBInstanceIdentifier — new name for the instance