How can I disable binary logging on MySQL 8.0?

I am needing to import a large MySQLDump file, and don't want to fill the Binary logs with many GB of data. In the past I would have set log_bin=0 in the my.cnf and restarted the database.

But with MySQL 8.0 I have tried various settings, but everytime I log onto the database, and run:

SELECT @@global.log_bin;

and it keeps returning 1

I have tried:

log_bin = 0
log_bin = OFF
#log_bin = 1

Is it possible to disable to the binary logs?

  • Those were in the [mysqld] section? – Rick James Jan 3 '19 at 18:14
  • That's right. Normally it has log_bin=filename. So I changed it to (one of) the above and restarted the database. Then tried the next one etc. – IGGt Jan 4 '19 at 9:00
  • I'm pretty sure log_bin_basename is where the name goes (since early in 5.6). And log_bin has always been ON/OFF. – Rick James Jan 4 '19 at 22:03

From the MySQL 8.0 Reference manual, section 5.4.4:

The following discussion describes some of the server options and variables that affect the operation of binary logging. For a complete list, see Section, “Binary Logging Options and Variables”.

Binary logging is enabled by default (the log_bin system variable is set to ON). The exception is if you use mysqld to initialize the data directory manually by invoking it with the --initialize or --initialize-insecure option, when binary logging is disabled by default, but can be enabled by specifying the --log-bin option.

To disable binary logging, you can specify the --skip-log-bin or --disable-log-bin option at startup. If either of these options is specified and --log-bin is also specified, the option specified later takes precedence.


Use set-environment command:

systemctl set-environment MYSQLD_OPTS="--skip-log-bin=1"

Next, reload configuration files and restarted the server using the following commands:

systemctl daemon-reload
systemctl restart mysqld

Next check the value of log_bin global variable:

mysql> SELECT * FROM performance_schema.global_variables WHERE VARIABLE_NAME IN ('log_bin');
| log_bin       | OFF            |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

In addition to specifying the corresponding command line argument, you can also add an option to my.cnf:

  1. Edit my.cnf and add skip-log-bin in the [mysqld] section.

  2. Restart mysqld

  3. Enjoy your lack of binlogs

Note that this will remain in effect until you remove the option from the configuration file.

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