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Reviewed on 16 December 2021Published on 26 May 2021

Scaleway Database provides fully-managed relational Database Instances, with MySQL and PostgreSQL as database engines. The product lets you focus on development, rather than administration or configuration. It comes with high-availability mode, data replication, and automatic backups.

In comparison to traditional database management, which requires customers to provision their infrastructure and resources to manage their databases, Scaleway Database offers the user access to a Database Instance without the need for setting up the hardware or configuring the software. Scaleway handles the provisioning, manages the configuration, and provides useful features as high availability, Automated Backup, User management, and more.


How to create a database

  1. Click Database in the Storage section of the side menu, if you do not have a Database already created, the creation page displays.

  2. Click Create an Instance. The creation wizard displays.

  3. Complete the following steps in the wizard:

    • Select a database engine. PostgreSQL and MySQL are available.
    • Choose a region. This is the geographical location where your database will be deployed.
    • Select a database configuration. You can choose between:
      • High Availability: creates a secondary Instance with an up-to-date replica of the database. If the primary Instance fails, the secondary takes over requests.
      • Standalone: creates a standalone database provisioned on a single node.
    • Select a node type.
    • Choose your storage type and capacity. Two types of storage are available:
      • Local SSD Storage - Your storage is fixed and tied to your compute resourced.
      • Block SSD Storage - With this type, your storage is decoupled from your compute resources. You can increase your storage space without changing your node type, with no downtime. You can define your storage capacity by entering the desired amount in the box. You can increase your volume to up to 10 TB.
    • Enable automatic backups, if necessary.
    • Add a name and set a password for your user.
    • Enter a name for your Instance.
  4. Click Create an Instance to confirm your choices and launch creation.

You are taken to the Overview tab for your database, where you can see information including the Endpoint to enable you to connect to your database.

How to add users

  1. Click Database 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 information page.

  3. Go to the Users tab. A list of users displays. If it is the first time you create a user, your list will display the user you set up during the creation of your Database Instance.

  4. Click «Plus Icon» to create a new user, if you wish to.

  5. Click «Toogle Icon» to grant admin rights to the user.

    Note: Admin rights allow a user to create logical databases and users. These right do not override the permissions configured for the logical databases. Logical database permissions must be set up in the Permissions tab.
  6. Enter the Username and Password.

    Note: Optionally, you can configure the appropriate permissions according to the user. Three types of permissions are available: - **None:** No access to the database - **Read:** Allow users to read tables and fields in a database - **Write:** Allow users to write content in databases You can select the permission type in the Permissions tab.
  7. Click Create a user to confirm.

Once the user is created, it is displayed in the user list.

To update the password, the permissions or delete the user, click «See more Icon» to display the respective options.

How to delete your database

  1. Click Database on the left side menu. A list of your Database Instances displays.
  2. Click the database name or «See more Icon» > More info to access the database information page.
  3. Scroll down the page to the Delete Instance section and click Delete Instance. A pop-up appears to inform that:
    Important: This will permanently destroy your Instance and all your data will be lost. This action is irreversible.
  4. Type DELETE to confirm and click Delete this Instance.

Alternatively, you can delete your Instance from your Database Instances list by clicking «See more Icon» next to the Instance name and then Delete.