Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Documentation

Creating a Database


This topic is not applicable to virtual machine DB systems.

When you launch a bare metal DB system, an initial database is created in that system. You can create additional databases in that DB system at any time by using the Console or the API. You can create an empty database or reproduce a database by using a backup. Note that if you are creating a database from an automatic backup, you can choose any level 0 weekly backup, or a level 1 incremental backup created after the most recent level 0 backup. For more information on automatic backups, see Automatic Incremental Backups.

The database edition will be the edition of the DB system in which the database is created, and each new database is created in a separate database home.


Avoid entering confidential information when assigning descriptions, tags, or friendly names to your cloud resources through the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Console, API, or CLI.

Required IAM Policy

To use Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you must be given the required type of access in a policy  written by an administrator, whether you're using the Console or the REST API with an SDK, CLI, or other tool. If you try to perform an action and get a message that you don’t have permission or are unauthorized, confirm with your administrator the type of access you've been granted and which compartment  you should work in.

For administrators: The policy in Let database admins manage DB systems lets the specified group do everything with databases and related Database resources.

If you're new to policies, see Getting Started with Policies and Common Policies. If you want to dig deeper into writing policies for databases, see Details for the Database Service.

Using the Console

To create a new database in an existing DB system
To create a database from a backup in an existing DB system
To terminate a database

Using the API

For information about using the API and signing requests, see REST APIs and Security Credentials. For information about SDKs, see Software Development Kits and Command Line Interface.

Use these API operations to manage databases.

Database homes:


For the complete list of APIs for the Database service, see Database Service API.