Connect to RDS using Python & SSL

I found myself trying to connect to a RDS instance from a Python script while maintaining SSL encryption. The official documentation was a bit vague on how to do this so I spent some time digging and eventually found how it can be done. The following scripts provides a simple example of how to create and use such a connection.

Before you can run the script you need to download the CA certificate bundle file from Amazon (Link)

import mysql.connector

host='<rds instance endpoint>'
database='<database name>'

cnx = mysql.connector.connect(user, password, host, database, ssl_ca=SSL_CA)


That's it, you are now connected to the RDS database and ready to do all types of great things.

Script from Technowise (with minor edits)