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How to stop a cloud_sql_proxy connection

Jan 27, 2023 · 1 min read · Post a comment

GCP has this cloud_sql_proxy tool that provides conceivably secure connection to your Cloud SQL instances, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQL, whatever it might be the case. Think of it as an auth proxy for your privately accessed databases, meaning being deployed in a private subnet, without attaching any public IP address, you get me. Now, there are three ways to setup the connection including: TCP sockets, Unix sockets, and at last, Docker. In this post, I’ll show you how to stop, close an already existing, active auth proxy connection.


  • GCP Cloud SQL
  • Cloud SQL Auth proxy tool


TCP sockets

Step 1. First, find the process ID.

ps aux | grep "cloud_sql_proxy*"

Step 2. Kill the process.

kill -9 <PID>
  • -9: being the KILL signal.

Unix sockets

The proper, correct, ideal way to disconnect a Unix socket, would be from the application itself, the service that created the socket in the first place. But, there is alternative solution too. A “quick” fix if you will, using the tcpkill command.

Step 1. Install the dsniff package.

apt get install -y dsniff

Step 2. Close the connection socket.

tcpkill -i eth0 host <ipv4_address> and port <port_number>


Finally, the least hustle possible with Docker though. Just stop the Docker container. For instance:

docker stop cloud_sql_proxy

Replace cloud_sql_proxy with any Docker container name assigned from your side.


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