Create RDS Snapshot Actions
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Written by Matt Houser
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The Create RDS Snapshot action will create a snapshot of an RDS database instance.

For example, a snapshot can be created every day at 1am.


Please see Common Action Settings for a description of settings common to all action types.

Database Instance ID

Indicate the instance id of your RDS database instance. This instance must reside in the region specified.

Snapshot ID

Indicate the ID of the snapshot. Snapshot IDs must only contain alpha-numeric characters and hypens. Macros can be used to include run-time data. See below.

Copy to Region

Optional. Once the snapshot is complete, it can be copied to a different region. If the snapshot should be copied, select the target region.


The following macros can be used to include some run-time information.


Date of snapshot in year-month-day format


Time of snapshot in 24-hour format

Macros are case-sensitive. For example, $(Time) is not valid. $(TIME) must be used.

Amazon Commands Used

The following Amazon AWS commands are used. The access key should have permission to execute all of them.

  • rds:CreateDbSnapshot

  • rds:DescribeDbSnapshots

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