How to create an Azure MariaDB database using Azure CLI

Oct 22, 2019 · 3 mins read · Post a comment
How to create an Azure MariaDB database using Azure CLI

Besides MySQL, MariaDB is another free open source relation database under the GNU General Public License, that is often compared to MySQL. That’s because MariaDB is a fork of the MySQL RDBMS, which means it’s based on the same source code, and usually it’s used for the same purposes, as a web database.
In today’s post, i’ll continue explore the possibilities of creating a relation database using the Azure SQL Database service, using the Azure CLI. In the last post, i’ve explained the simplified steps on How to backup and restore an Azure SQL database using Azure CLI, so if you have already seen it, it’s pretty much the same procedure under the Azure Cloud.


  • Azure account

Create an Azure MariaDB Database

Step 1. Open Terminal and login to the Azure Portal:

az login

It will open a new window using the default browser where you will be prompted for email and password.

Step 2. Create a resource group:

az group create --name "mariadb-rg" --location westeurope

Step 3. Create a MariaDB server:

az mariadb server create --name "devcoopsmariadbserver" --resource-group "mariadb-rg" --location westeurope --admin-user "devcoops" --admin-password "<insert_password_here>" --sku-name "B_Gen5_1"


  • --name: MariaDB server name.
  • --resource-group: resource group where the mariadb database server belongs to.
  • --location: filter the result to show the connectionString only.
  • --admin-user: server admin username.
  • --admin-password: server admin password.
  • --sku-name: SKU name in the following format: {pricing tier}{compute generation}{vCores}. More about the MariaDB pricing tiers.

Step 4. Get the connection information:

az mariadb server show --name "devcoopsmariadbserver" --resource-group "mariadb-rg"

The JSON output should look for the administratorLogin and fullyQualifiedDomainName parameters. For example:
Azure Database MariaDB connection string

Note: Now that we have the connection information, we could create a database either by:

  1. Connect to the server using the mysql command-line client tool, or the MySQL Workbench GUI tool and create a database:
  2. Using the Azure CLI.

Step 5. Create a MariaDB database using Azure CLI:

az mariadb db create --name "mydb" --resource-group "mariadb-rg" --server-name "devcoopsmariadbserver" 


  • --name: MariaDB database name.
  • --resource-group: resource group where the database belongs to.
  • --server: MariaDB server name.

Step 6. Test the connection:

mysql -h -u devcoops@devcoopsmariadbserver -p 


Step 7. Delete the MariaDB database:

az mariadb db delete --name "mydb" --resource-group "mariadb-rg" --server-name "devcoopsmariadbserver"

Step 8. Delete the MariaDB server:

az mariadb server delete --name "mydb" --resource-group "mariadb-rg"

Step 9. Delete the resource group:

az group delete --name "mariadb-rg"

More about Azure Database for MariaDB using Azure CLI.


This is just a plain example, that shows how easily you can create a MariaDB server and database in no time. It can be quite useful for development. If you have trouble connecting to the MariaDB server, please check the following:

  1. Configure firewall rules using the command:
    az mariadb server firewall-rule create  --server "devcoopsmariadbserver"  --resource-group "maria-rg" --name AllowMyIP --start-ip-address "<insert_start_ip_here>" --end-ip-address "<insert_end_ip_here>"
  2. Disable enforcing SSL (it’s enabled by default on the MariaDB server).
    az mariadb server update  --name "devcoopsmariadbdbserver" --resource-group "mariadb-rg" --ssl-enforcement Disabled
  3. Connection string typo.