Updated on 2023-09-26 GMT+08:00

Stopping an Instance


If you use DB instances only for routine development, you can temporarily stop pay-per-use instances to save money. You can stop an instance for up to seven days.


After a DB instance is stopped, the ECS where the DB instance is located is no longer billed. Other resources, including EIPs, storage resources, and backups, are still billed.


  • Only cloud SSD and extreme SSD pay-per-use instances can be stopped. RDS instances in a DCC cannot be stopped.
  • If you stop a primary instance, read replicas (if there are any) will also be stopped. They are stopped for up to seven days. You cannot stop a read replica without stopping the primary instance.
  • A stopped instance cannot be deleted through the console.
  • Stopping a DB instance will also stop its automated backups. After the DB instance is started, a full backup is automatically triggered.
  • If you do not manually start your stopped DB instance after seven days, your DB instance is automatically started during the next maintenance window. For details about the maintenance window, see Changing the Maintenance Window. To start a DB instance, see Starting an Instance.


  1. Log in to the management console.
  2. Click in the upper left corner and select a region and a project.
  3. Click in the upper left corner of the page and choose Databases > Relational Database Service.
  4. On the Instances page, locate the primary instance that you want to stop and choose More > Stop in the Operation column.
  5. In the displayed dialog box, click Yes.

    Figure 1 Stopping an instance

  6. Refresh the instance list and view the status of the instance. If the status is Stopped, the instance is stopped successfully.