Manage an Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server using the Azure CLI

APPLIES TO: Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server

This article shows you how to manage your Flexible Server deployed in Azure. Management tasks include compute and storage scaling, admin password reset, and viewing server details.


If you don't have an Azure subscription, create an Azure free account before you begin. With an Azure free account, you can now try Azure Database for MySQL - Flexible Server for free for 12 months. For more information, see Try Flexible Server for free.

This article requires that you're running the Azure CLI version 2.0 or later locally. To see the version installed, run the az --version command. If you need to install or upgrade, see Install Azure CLI.

You'll need to log in to your account using the az login command. Note the id property, which refers to Subscription ID for your Azure account.

az login

Select the specific subscription under your account using az account set command. Make a note of the id value from the az login output to use as the value for subscription argument in the command. If you have multiple subscriptions, choose the appropriate subscription in which the resource should be billed. To get all your subscription, use az account list.

az account set --subscription <subscription id>


If you have not already created a flexible server yet, please create one to get started with this how to guide.

Scale compute and storage

You can scale up your compute tier, vCores, and storage easily using the following command. You can see all the server operation you can perform az mysql flexible-server update

az mysql flexible-server update --resource-group myresourcegroup --name mydemoserver --sku-name Standard_D4ds_v4 --storage-size 6144

Here are the details for arguments above :

Setting Sample value Description
name mydemoserver Enter a unique name for your Azure Database for MySQL server. The server name can contain only lowercase letters, numbers, and the hyphen (-) character. It must contain from 3 to 63 characters.
resource-group myresourcegroup Provide the name of the Azure resource group.
sku-name Standard_D4ds_v4 Enter the name of the compute tier and size. Follows the convention Standard_{VM size} in shorthand. See the pricing tiers for more information.
storage-size 6144 The storage capacity of the server (unit is megabytes). Minimum 5120 and increases in 1024 increments.


  • Storage can be scaled up (however, you cannot scale storage down)

Manage MySQL databases on a server.

You can use any of these commands to create, delete , list and view database properties of a database on your server

Cmdlet Usage Description
az mysql flexible-server db create az mysql flexible-server db create -g myresourcegroup -s mydemoserver -n mydatabasename Creates a database
az mysql flexible-server db delete az mysql flexible-server db delete -g myresourcegroup -s mydemoserver -n mydatabasename Delete your database from your server. This command does not delete your server.
az mysql flexible-server db list az mysql flexible-server db list -g myresourcegroup -s mydemoserver lists all the databases on the server
az mysql flexible-server db show az mysql flexible-server db show -g myresourcegroup -s mydemoserver -n mydatabasename Shows more details of the database

Update admin password

You can change the administrator role's password with this command

az mysql flexible-server update --resource-group myresourcegroup --name mydemoserver --admin-password <new-password>


Make sure password is minimum 8 characters and maximum 128 characters. Password must contain characters from three of the following categories: English uppercase letters, English lowercase letters, numbers, and non-alphanumeric characters.

Delete a server

If you would just like to delete the MySQL Flexible server, you can run az mysql flexible-server server delete command.

az mysql flexible-server delete --resource-group myresourcegroup --name mydemoserver

Next steps