Amazon RDS + MySQL

Connect to Amazon RDS

mysql -uaamnah --password

Creating MySQL database

mysql> CREATE DATABASE databasename ;

Creating MySQL User

mysql> CREATE USER 'username'@'host' IDENTIFIED BY 'password' ;

Allowing User to Connect
// grant usage on server so the user can connect

mysql> GRANT USAGE ON *.* TO 'username'@'host' ;

Granting Privileges

mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON databasename.* TO 'username'@'host' ;

CHECK if you can connect to the created database with the user you crteated

mysql -uusername -p databasename

Change password

alter user 'user'@'host' identified with mysql_native_password by 'PASSWORD';

Deleting MySQL User

mysql> DROP USER 'username'@'host' ;

Import SQL database

mysql -u username -p password databasename < filename.sql

List all users

SELECT User,Host FROM mysql.user;

View Users and Permissions

SELECT user, host, password, select_priv, insert_priv, shutdown_priv, grant_priv FROM mysql.user

View User Permissions for individual Databases

SELECT user, host, db, select_priv, insert_priv, grant_priv FROM mysql.db

Sample Command:

mysqldump --user=root --password=password wpblog | mysql --user=aamnah --password=password wpblog


  • If can not connect, check if the port is open on the server you are connecting from. RDS uses 3306 (default MySQL port). On KH server it couldn’t connect because the port was closed
  • If the connection is not getting through the error would be could not connect
  • If login is incorrect the error would be ‘access denied’. mysql_connect(): Access denied for user
  • The user you are connecting with needs to be created at RDS. It doesn’t matter if the server you are connecting from has it or not

Opening Ports

Make sure ports are opened in the firewall configuration.

This can be accessed in WHM >> Plugins » ConfigServer Security & Firewall >> Firewall configuration >> Port settings.