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Step 3: Create a logical database

When creating a logical database, Turso requires a location for the primary instance. By default, it will select a default location based on your physical location as suggested by your IP address. To see all locations supported by Turso, run the following command:

turso db locations

Your default location appears highlighted in the list.

To create a database using the default location with the name my-db:

turso db create my-db

It takes a few moments to create the database, then generates output similar to the following (with replacements for the parts that may vary):

Created group default at [your location] in 9 seconds.
Created database my-db at group default in 6 seconds.

Start an interactive SQL shell with:

turso db shell my-db

To see information about the database, including a connection URL, run:

turso db show my-db

To get an authentication token for the database, run:

turso db tokens create my-db

You can override the default location using the --location flag.


You'll see that Turso created both a "group" and a "database" for you. All databases exist within a container called a "placement group". It's not important to understand right now, but we'll come back to that later.

As suggested by the output, you can view information about the database using:

turso db show my-db

The output looks similar to the following:

Name:           my-db
URL: libsql://my-db-[my-github-name]
Group: default
Version: [version]
Locations: [location]
Size: 8.2 kB

Database Instances:
[loc] primary [loc]

Note the following in the above output:

  • Database URLs use a custom libsql scheme, and are composed using a combination of the name of the database and your GitHub ID.
  • The URL is the logical database URL that you provide to libSQL client libraries to query the database. This URL automatically forwards the client to the instance with the lowest latency.
  • The primary instance has a random name that was assigned by the CLI.

To see a list of all logical databases associated with the account that's currently logged in:

turso db list