How can I move MySQL tables from one physical server to another?
Such as this exact scenario: I have a MySQL server that uses innodb table and is about 20GB size.
I want to move it to a new server, what's the most efficient way to do this?
My favorite way is to pipe a sqldump command to a sql command. You can do all databases or a specific one. So, for instance,
mysqldump -uuser -ppassword myDatabase | mysql -hremoteserver -uremoteuser -premoteserverpassword
You can do all databases with
mysqldump --all-databases -uuser -ppassword | mysql -hremoteserver -uremoteuser -premoteserver
The only problem is when the database is too big and the pipe collapses. In that case, you can do table by table or any of the other methods mentioned below.
I recently moved a 30GB database with the following stragegy:
tar -czvf mysqldata.tar.gz ~/mysqldata)
According to the MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide, Chapter 32 Section 32.3.4, Pages 456,457 describe the Conditions for Binary Portability which bring out the following:
Binary portability is important if you want to take a binary backup that was made on one machine and use it on another machine that has a different architecture. For example, using a binary backup is one way to copy databases from one MySQL server to another.
For MyISAM, binary portability means that you can directly copy the files for a MyISAM table from one MySQL server to another on a different machine and the second server will be able to access the table.
For InnoDB, binary portability means that you can directly copy the tablespace files from a MySQL server on one machine to another server on a different machine and the second server will be able to access the tablespace. By default, all the InnoDB tables managed by a server are stored together in the tablespace, so portability of the tablespace is a function of whether all individual InnoDB tables are portable. If even one table is not portable, neither is the tablespace.
MyISAM tables and InnoDB tablespaces are binary portable from one host to another if two conditions are met:
- Both machines must use two's-complement integer arithmetic
- Both machines must use IEEE floating-point format or else the tables must contain no floating-point columns (FLOAT or DOUBLE)
In practice, those two conditions pose little restriction. Two's-complement integer arithmetic and IEEE floating-point format are the norm on modern hardware. A third condition for InnoDB binary portability is that you should use lowercase names for tables and databases. This is because InnoDB stores these names internally (in its data dictionary) in lowercase on Windows. Using lowercase names allows binary portability between Windows and Unix, to force the use of lowercase names, you can put the following lines in an option file:
If you configure InnoDB to use per-table tablespaces, the conditions for binary portability are extended to include the .ibd files for InnoDB tables as well. (The conditions for the shared tablespaces still appliy because it contains the data dictionary that stores information about all InnoDB tables.)
If conditions for binary portability are not satisfied, you can copy MyISAM or InnoDB tables from one server to another by dumping them using some text format (for example, with mysqldump) and reloading them into the destination server.
There are two major ways based on storage engine to move individual tables.
For the given example we will suppose the following:
If mydb.mytable uses the MyISAM storage engine, the table will physically be manifested as three separate files
The .frm contains the table structure
The .MYD contains the table data
The .MYI contains the table index page
These files are used interdependently to represent the table from a logical standpoint in mysql. Since these file have no further logical association attach to it, migrating a table from one DB server to another. You can even to this from a Windows server to a Linux Server or a MacOS. Of course, you could shutdown mysql and copy the 3 table files. You could run the following:
LOCK TABLES mydb.mytable READ; SELECT SLEEP(86400); UNLOCK TABLES;
in one ssh session to hold table as read only and hold the lock for 24 hours. One second later, perform the copy in another ssh session. Then kill the mysql session with the 24 hour lock. You need not wait 24 hours.
Based on the aforementioned quote from the Certification book, there are many factors that govern how to backup a specific InnoDB table. For sake of simplicity, clarity, and brevity, simply perform a mysqldump of the desired table using the --single-transaction parameters to have perfect point-in-time dump of the table. No need to cncern yourself with InnoDB semantics if you just want one table. You can reload that dumpfile to any MySQL server of your choose.
Since two questions were merged here (jcolebrand): EDIT
If you are more than willing to live with some slow DB performance, you can perform a series of rsyncs from the old server (ServerA) to the new server (ServerB) even while mysql is still running on ServerA.
Step 01) install the same version of mysql on ServerB that ServerA has
Step 02) On ServerA, run
SET GLOBAL innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct = 0; from mysql and about 10 minutes (This purges dirty pages from the InnoDB Buffer Pool. It also helps perform a mysql shutdown faster) If your database is all MyISAM, you can skip this step.
rsync --archive --verbose --stats --partial --progress --human-readable ServerA:/var/lib/mysql ServerB:/var/lib/mysql
Step 04) Repeat Step 03 until an rsync takes less than 1 minute
service mysql stop on ServerA
Step 06) Perform one more rsync
scp ServerA:/etc/my.cnf ServerB:/etc/
service mysql start on ServerB
service mysql start on ServerA (optional)
Give it a Try !!!
You can create a replication slave like this. Just remember to have server-id explcitly set in the master /etc/my.cnf and a different number for server-id in the slave /etc/my.cnf
You don't even need mysqldump if you're moving a whole database schema, and you're willing to stop the first database (so it's consistent when being transfered)
I can't remember if mysqldump handles users and permissions, or just the data ... but even if it does, this is way faster than doing a dump & running it. I'd only use that if I needed to dump a mysql database to then re-insert into some other RDBMS, if I needed to change storage options (innodb vs. myisam), or maybe if I was changing major versins of mysql (but I think I've done this between 4 & 5, though)
If you just want to move a specific table try:
mysqldump -u username -ppassword databasename tablename > databasename.tablename.sql
You can specify more table names above, in the same command. Once the command completes, move the databasename.tablename.sql file to the other server and then restore using:
mysql -u username -ppassword databasename < databasename.tablename.sql
Note that the back .sql file is created using the mysqldump program, and the restore is done directly into mysql.
There might be this posibility where you move the actual database files ( for my install they are located at /var/lib/mysql ) , but i'm not realy shure how it will act/work out .
You're going to need to take a downtime. It's going to take a while depending on what your network speed is. I'm going to assume your running MySQL on Linux/Unix. Here's the process I use:
Then proceed as usual getting the local MySQL set up.
*Note: you can also use the -c parameter with rsync to add a checksum to the transfer, however this will be sloooow depending on CPU speed.
I can confirm that DTest's method also works for copying between ubuntu and osx.
To copy all of the databases without having to do any dumping or similar:
Make sure you have a clean mysql of mysql (installed the dmg downloaded from mysql http://cdn.mysql.com/Downloads/MySQL-5.1/mysql-5.1.63-osx10.6-x86_64.dmg), that (VERY IMPORTANT) has never been run.
Copy the /var/lib/mysql/ folder contents from the ubuntu machine on top of /usr/local/mysql/data/ contents on the mac. To get access to get folder on the ubuntu machine I had to use sudo i.e.:
sudo cp /var/lib/mysql /home/foouser/mysql_data_folder sudo chown -R foouser /home/foouser/mysql_data_folder
I copied the folder using scp.
Before you start take a copy of the mysql folder on the mac to make sure you don't mess up anything.
After copying the folder, do the following on the mac machine:
sudo chown -R _mysql /usr/local/mysql/data/ sudo chgrp -R wheel /usr/local/mysql/data/ sudo chmod -R g+rx /usr/local/mysql/data/
Start the mysql server for the first time (from the preferences pane under System Preferences->mysql). All users and databases should now be set up correctly.
This worked with mysql 5.1.61 on ubuntu 64 bit 11.10 and mysql 5.1.63 on osx lion (macbook pro).
I think all of the earlier answers probably work fine, but don't really address the issue of setting a database name during the transfer.
This is how I just did it with bash:
You might be better off using
scp, and not compressing the file if you are doing this often.
On my source server:
me@web:~$ d=members me@web:~$ mysqldump $d | gzip > $d.sql.gz me@web:~$ scp -i .ssh/yourkeynamehere $d.sql.gz $sbox:$d.sql.gz
On my destination server:
me@sandbox:~$ d1=members me@sandbox:~$ d2=members_sb me@sandbox:~$ mysqladmin create $d2 me@sandbox:~$ cat $d1.sql.gz | gunzip | mysql $d2
On either machine to see progress:
me@sandbox:~$ ls *.gz me@sandbox:~$ cat $d.sql.gz | gunzip | less
This all assume you have MySQL configuration file in your home directory on both machines and set the permissions:
$ echo " [client] user=drupal6 password=metoknow host=ord-mysql-001-sn.bananas.com [mysql] database=nz_drupal" > .my.cnf $ chmod 0600 ~/.my.cnf
are you moving it to another mysql server db ? if so use, do an export on it
# mysqldump -u username -ppassword database_name > FILE.sql
Generic linux method:
/etc/init.d/mysqld stop rsync -avz source_files destination vi /etc/my.cnf
edit the datadir (and socket) for both mysqld and mysqld_safe (if applicable) to point to the new location, then
I posted this because no one seemed simply list out the least amount of steps to do this and I feel it's the simplest way personally.
Perhaps this is a better way of doing it:
Version 1: data-files copy (MYISAM only)
ssh server1 service mysql stop cd $mysql-data-dir rsync -avz dirs-or-files server2:$mysql-data-dir service mysql start
ssh server2 service restart mysql
- If your database files are read only you may skip stopping the server.
Version 2: mysqldump
Install pigz - on modern Xeon or Opteron processors, especially when you have 2 or more CPUs, it is MUCH faster than gzip.
ssh server1 mysqldump ... | pigz > backup-YYMDD.sql.gz rsync backup-YYMDD.sql.gz server:location ssh server2 pigz -dc location/backup-YYMDD.sql.gz | mysql ..
Version 3: master/slave + mysqldump/file-copy
In HA environment you should use the following trick: setup slave server & do all backups from it before backups - do "slave stop"; then do version 1 or version 2
touch full.start mysqladmin -h slave-db stop-slave echo "show slave status \G" | mysql -h slave-db > FULL/comfi-$NOW.master-position /usr/bin/mysqldump -h slave-db --default-character-set=utf8 -A --opt --skip-lock-tables | pigz > "FULL/XXXX-$NOW.sql.gz" mysqladmin -h slave-db start-slave touch full.end ln -fs "FULL/XXXX-$NOW.sql.gz" FULL.sql.gz
to copy small tables use:
ssh server1 mysqldump schema table | ssh server2 mysql schema
I would suggest the two simple steps to transfer the entire database from one server to another.
Step 1: Do a full-backup of databases in source server using mysqldump.
Step 2: You can use rsync command to transfer the entire databases to the destination server.