Cloning instances

This page explains cloning, and describes how to clone an instance.


Cloning a Cloud SQL instance creates a new instance that is a copy of the source instance. The new instance is completely independent from the source instance.

Frequently asked questions

Question Answer
Does cloning impact performance? No. Cloning has no performance impact on the source instance.
Are backups copied to the new instance? No. The new instance creates new automated backups. Manual backups are not copied over from the source instance.
Does the new instance have the same IP address or addresses? No. The new instance has a new IP address or addresses.
Does the new instance have the same configuration settings? Yes. The new instance will have the same settings such as database flags, connectivity options, machine type, and storage and memory settings.
Can you clone an instance that was once a clone? Yes. You can clone and instance that was cloned from another instance.

Cloning an instance


  1. Go to the Cloud SQL Instances page in the Google Cloud Console.

    Go to the Cloud SQL Instances page

  2. Find the row of the instance to clone. At the right end of the row, click the More Actions menu.
  3. Click Create clone.
  4. On the Create a clone page, update the instance ID if needed, and click Create clone.

    You are returned to the instance listing page while the clone initializes.


Clone the instance:

gcloud sql instances clone [SOURCE_INSTANCE_NAME] [TARGET_INSTANCE_NAME]

REST v1beta4

Clone the instance.

Before using any of the request data below, make the following replacements:

  • project-id: The project ID
  • source-instance-id: The source instance ID
  • target-instance-id: The target instance ID

HTTP method and URL:


Request JSON body:

    "destinationInstanceName": "target-instance-id"

To send your request, expand one of these options:

You should receive a JSON response similar to the following: