Creates a child database in the current database.

fauna create-database DBNAME


The create-database command creates a child database within the current database, with the name that you specify. If you don’t pass any options at the command line, Fauna uses the default options specified in the fauna-shell configuration file.

Is not possible to use this command to create a parent or peer database. To create a database outside of the current database, use the Fauna Dashboard.


Argument Description


The name of the child database that you are creating.


Option Description


Optional - The Fauna server domain, that is, the hostname where Fauna is running. Defaults to
Since the introduction of Region Groups, three cloud domains are available. You do not need to specify a domain, but connections work as expected if you do.
Classic (US and EU):
United States (US):
Europe (EU):


Optional - The name of the endpoint to use for the command.


Optional - The connection port. Defaults to 8443.


Optional - The connection scheme. Must be one of https or http. Defaults to https.


Optional - The secret to use. A secret authenticates your connection to Fauna, and connects you to a specific database.


Optional - The connection timeout, an integer number of milliseconds. When the specified period has elapsed, fauna-shell stops waiting for a response and displays an error.

The default is zero, which means that fauna-shell waits until a response is received.


Create a database called my-test-db:

fauna create-database my-test-db
creating database my-test-db

  created database 'my-test-db'

  To start a shell with your new database, run:

  fauna shell 'my-test-db'

  Or, to create an application key for your database, run:

  fauna create-key 'my-test-db'

Now, when you run fauna shell and query for a list of databases, you can see that the new child database my-test-db is listed:

fauna shell
Connected to
Type Ctrl+D or .exit to exit the shell
  data: [

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