Skip to content

Contact sales

By filling out this form and clicking submit, you acknowledge our privacy policy.
  • Labs icon Lab
  • A Cloud Guru

Creating a Database and Table with Cloud SQL

Selecting the right type of instance to handle your data is a very important step. Just as important is creating the database and table to structure that data. In this hands-on lab, we will learn how to create a Cloud SQL database instance, create a database within that instance, and create a database table to structure the data.


Path Info

Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Nov 26, 2019

Contact sales

By filling out this form and clicking submit, you acknowledge our privacy policy.

Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create a MySQL Cloud SQL Instance

    1. From the main console navigation, head over to SQL.

    2. Click Create instance.

    3. Choose MySQL.

    4. Set the following values:

      • Instance ID: game-instance
      • Password: 12345
      • Database version: MySQL 5.7
      • Choose a configuration to start with: Development
      • Choose region and zonal availability > SPECIFY ZONES > Primary zone: us-central1-a
      • Customize your instance > SHOW CONFIGURATION OPTIONS > Machine Type: Standard
    5. Click CREATE INSTANCE. It can take up to 15 minutes for it to finish being created.

  2. Challenge

    Enable the Cloud SQL Admin API and Connect to the Instance Using the Google Cloud Shell

    1. From the main console navigation, head over to APIs and Services.
    2. Click on Enable APIs and Services.
    3. Then type in Cloud SQL Admin API.
    4. Click Enable.

    Connect to the Cloud SQL instance

    1. Click on your newly created instance.

    2. In the Connect to this instance section, click OPEN CLOUD SHELL.

    3. Once connected, you will be prompted with a gcloud command:

      gcloud sql connect game-instance  --user=root --quiet
    4. Click AUTHORIZE to authorize Cloud Shell to make GCP API calls.

    5. Since you just enabled the API, wait a few minutes for the action to propagate and retry the gcloud sql connect command until it succeeds. You may have to click the link provided in the PERMISSION DENIED message and ENABLE the Cloud SQL Admin API.

    6. Enter your password.

    7. You are now connected to the MySQL instance once you see the mysql> prompt.

  3. Challenge

    Create a Database and Table Within the Cloud SQL Instance

    1. Check out any databases that were created within your instance:

    2. Create a new database:

      CREATE DATABASE gaming;
    3. Verify that the database was created:

    4. Use the gaming database to create a new table within it:

      USE gaming;
    5. Create a table and structure the data within the table:

      CREATE TABLE games (name VARCHAR(20), system VARCHAR(15), date DATE);
    6. Verify the table was created within the database:


The Cloud Content team comprises subject matter experts hyper focused on services offered by the leading cloud vendors (AWS, GCP, and Azure), as well as cloud-related technologies such as Linux and DevOps. The team is thrilled to share their knowledge to help you build modern tech solutions from the ground up, secure and optimize your environments, and so much more!

What's a lab?

Hands-on Labs are real environments created by industry experts to help you learn. These environments help you gain knowledge and experience, practice without compromising your system, test without risk, destroy without fear, and let you learn from your mistakes. Hands-on Labs: practice your skills before delivering in the real world.

Provided environment for hands-on practice

We will provide the credentials and environment necessary for you to practice right within your browser.

Guided walkthrough

Follow along with the author’s guided walkthrough and build something new in your provided environment!

Did you know?

On average, you retain 75% more of your learning if you get time for practice.

Start learning by doing today

View Plans