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How to clone a Database Instance

Published on 20 October 2019

The clone feature allows you to create a new Database Instance from an existing one. The clone includes all existing databases, users and permissions. You can create a clone on a Database Instance bigger than your current one.

Identity and Access Management (IAM):

If you have activated IAM, you may need certain IAM permissions to carry out some actions described on this page. This means:

  • you are the Owner of the Scaleway Organization in which the actions will be carried out, or
  • you are an IAM user of the Organization, with a policy granting you the necessary permission sets

The clone is fully independent from its parent.


How to clone a Database Instance

  1. Click PostgreSQL and MySQL under Managed Databases on the side menu. A list of your Database Instances displays.

  2. Click the database name or «See more Icon» > More info to access the Database Instance information page.

  3. Scroll down to the Clone section.

  4. Click Clone a Database Instance. A pop-up displays.

  5. Enter a name for your database or leave the default name suggested by the Scaleway console.

  6. Select a node type. You can keep the same node type, or upgrade to a bigger one.

  7. Click Clone a Database Instance.


The source Database Instance remains available during the cloning process in Backing up mode. Some actions are not available during this time.

The time it takes to clone a Database Instance with local storage depends on the size of the database. For Database Instances with Block Storage the cloning process is slightly faster.

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