How to create an Azure MySQL database using Azure CLI

Oct 18, 2019 · 3 mins read · Post a comment
How to create an Azure MySQL database using Azure CLI

MySQL is one of the most used open source relation database management system (RDBMS) with a client-server model. It’s most commonly used as a web database, although it can have many other purposes, like data warehousing, e-commerce, and logging applications. If you have ever started working as a System Administrator, Database Administrator, or DevOps engineer, one of first things you’ll have to face is creation or configuration of a MySQL instance.
In today’s post, i will write about creating a MySQL database in the cloud, and i’ll stick with Azure for now. Microsoft’s Azure has a service called Azure Database Service that is a relation database service for MySQL, PostgreSQL and MariaDB. You can easily create a MySQL server using the Azure Portal, or the Azure CLI.


  • Azure account

Create an Azure MySQL 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 "mysql-rg" --location westeurope

Step 3. Create a MySQL server:

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


  • --name: MySQL server name.
  • --resource-group: resource group where the mysql 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 MySQL pricing tiers.

Step 4. Get the connection information:

az mysql server show --name "devcoopsmysqldbserver" --resource-group "mysql-rg"

The JSON output should look for the administratorLogin and fullyQualifiedDomainName parameters. For example:
Azure Database MySQL 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 Mysql database using Azure CLI:

az mysql db create --name "mydb" --resource-group "mysql-rg" --server-name "devcoopsmysqldbserver" 


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

Step 6. Test the connection:

mysql -h -u devcoops@devcoopsmysqldbserver -p 


Step 7. Delete the MySQL database:

az mysql db delete --name "mydb" --resource-group "mysql-rg" --server-name "devcoopsmysqldbserver"

Step 8. Delete the MySQL server:

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

Step 9. Delete the resource group:

az group delete --name "mysql-rg"

More about Azure Database for MySQL using Azure CLI.


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

  1. Configure firewall rules using the command:
    az mysql server firewall-rule create  --server "devcoopsmysqldbserver"  --resource-group "mysql-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 MySQL server).
    az mysql server update  --name "devcoopsmysqldbserver" --resource-group "mysql-rg" --ssl-enforcement Disabled
  3. Connection string typo.