Anyone successfully done upgrade from 10.2 to 10.3 using mariabackup without any downtime to the cluster?

I have 3 node cluster. Node1 serves the traffic rest are for standby and quorum. I would like to upgrade them from 10.2 to 10.3.

10.2 -> Has xtrabackup
10.3 -> Has mariabackup

IST doesn't happen when I upgrade 3rd node from 10.2 to 10.3. But when I copy xtrabackup* files from 2nd node and use wsrep_sst_method=xtrabackup_v2. IST works. When I change it to mariabackup and restart it doesn't work.

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    Does the failure to restart give any error messages?
    – Rick James
    Commented Aug 26, 2019 at 23:01
  • For what it's worth: I've done the 10.2 -> 10.3 MariaDB Galera upgrade successfully, using mariabackup on both 10.2 and 10.3 nodes. It works. You need to provide a lot more detail, explaining better exactly what you've done and the error messages you get.
    – dbdemon
    Commented Aug 27, 2019 at 17:30

2 Answers 2


This is not what mariabackup is for. You backup and restore in the same "major" version (where "major" means it just means first 2 number of the version). If you need an upgrade, this is what mysql_upgrade is for.

  • It doesn't upgrade with xtrabackup. You have to use mariabackup to upgrade to 10.3.
    – Mannoj
    Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 7:48
  • yes, mariabackup does not upgrade. It was not designed to handle multiple versions. It can handle own version. It can prepare backup, from a matching version, this is what I'm trying to tell. Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 9:06

In a 3node cluster. Am upgrading node3,node2 and node1.

apt-get install  mariadb-backup-10.2

is required for 2nd node(donor node) to initially pick mariabackup using 10.2.16.

This will ensure /usr/bin/mariabackup file on 2nd node(donor).

3rd node should have below values.


When upgrading 2nd node. You may upgrade mariadb-backup-10.2 to mariadb-backup-10.3 as well on 2nd node.


Before upgrading 1st node. Route the traffic from 1st node to node2. And proceed upgrade. It will have in 10.3 for both mariadb-server and mariadb-backup.

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