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Creating a snapshot of your database in Amazon Lightsail

Last updated: March 15, 2019

You can create a snapshot of your managed database in Amazon Lightsail. A snapshot is a copy of your database that you can use to restore it if something goes wrong. You can also use a snapshot to create a new database using a different plan, such as a high availability or standard plan.

When you create a snapshot of a standard database, the database becomes unavailable from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the size. High availability databases are not affected by snapshot operations because the snapshot is created using the standby database.

    To create a snapshot of your database

  1. Sign in to the Lightsail console.

  2. On the Lightsail home page, choose the Databases tab.

  3. Choose the name of the database for which you want to create a snapshot.

  4. Choose the Snapshots & restore tab.

  5. Under the Create database snapshot section, enter a name for the new snapshot, or use the default name.

  6. Choose Create snapshot.

    The snapshot creation process begins and a status of Snapshot in progress is shown.

    Database snapshot in progress

    After the snapshot creation process is complete, the new snapshot is listed under the Recent snapshots section. You can also view all of the snapshots for your account in the Lightsail home page, under the Snapshots tab.

    Recent database snapshots in the Lightsail console

Next steps

After your snapshot is ready, you can create a new database from the snapshot, which is a duplicate of the original database. For more information, see Creating a database from a snapshot in Amazon Lightsail.