How To Set Up Database Replication In MySQL
Author: Falko Timme
Last edited: 01/14/2006
This tutorial describes how to set up database replication in MySQL. MySQL replication allows you to have an exact copy of a database from a master server on another server (slave), and all updates to the database on the master server are immediately replicated to the database on the slave server so that both databases are in sync. This is not a backup policy because an accidentally issued DELETE command will also be carried out on the slave; but replication can help protect against hardware failures though.
In this tutorial I will show how to replicate the database exampledb from the master with the IP address 192.168.0.100 to a slave. Both systems (master and slave) are running Debian Sarge; however, the configuration should apply to almost all distributions with little or no modification.
Both systems have MySQL installed, and the database exampledb with tables and data is already existing on the master, but not on the slave.
I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!
1 Configure The Master
First we have to edit /etc/mysql/my.cnf. We have to enable networking for MySQL, and MySQL should listen on all IP addresses, therefore we comment out these lines (if existant):
Furthermore we have to tell MySQL for which database it should write logs (these logs are used by the slave to see what has changed on the master), which log file it should use, and we have to specify that this MySQL server is the master. We want to replicate the database exampledb, so we put the following lines into /etc/mysql/my.cnf:
Then we restart MySQL:
Then we log into the MySQL database as root and create a user with replication privileges:
mysql -u root -p
Now we are on the MySQL shell.
GRANT REPLICATION SLAVE ON *.* TO 'slave_user'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY '<some_password>'; (Replace <some_password> with a real password!)
Next (still on the MySQL shell) do this:
FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK;
SHOW MASTER STATUS;
The last command will show something like this:
Write down this information, we will need it later on the slave!
Then leave the MySQL shell:
There are two possibilities to get the existing tables and data from exampledb from the master to the slave. The first one is to make a database dump, the second one is to use the LOAD DATA FROM MASTER; command on the slave. The latter has the disadvantage the the database on the master will be locked during this operation, so if you have a large database on a high-traffic production system, this is not what you want, and I recommend to follow the first method in this case. However, the latter method is very fast, so I will describe both here.
If you want to follow the first method, then do this:
mysqldump -u root -p<password> --opt exampledb > exampledb.sql (Replace <password> with the real password for the MySQL user root! Important: There is no space between -p and <password>!)
This will create an SQL dump of exampledb in the file exampledb.sql. Transfer this file to your slave server!
If you want to go the LOAD DATA FROM MASTER; way then there is nothing you must do right now.
Finally we have to unlock the tables in exampledb:
mysql -u root -p
Now the configuration on the master is finished. On to the slave...