How do I show the binlog_format on a MySQL server?

And if I dont like it how do I set it to XX permanently?



Matt Healy answered the question on how to show/set the format from the mysql client (on a running server) with SET GLOBAL binlog_format = [STATEMENT|ROW|MIXED]

To set the value permanently, and assuming you have access to the my.cnf, add:




and then restart your server.

  • straightforward and concise. +1 !!! – RolandoMySQLDBA May 12 '11 at 16:16
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    > [mysqld] ..... > > binlog-format=XX > > ..... That needs to be binlog_format=XXX Underscore! – user6353 Feb 1 '12 at 18:32
  • @Jeff When mysqld reads /etc/my.cnf, it totally understands both dashes (-) and underscores (_). In the mysql client, an underscore is mandatory. +1 anyway, and welcome to the DBA StackExchange !!! – RolandoMySQLDBA Feb 1 '12 at 18:52
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    @jeff thanks! It's strange that they flip flop between '-' and '_', but the docs definitely say the option file parameter is binlog-format=format – Derek Downey Feb 1 '12 at 19:47
  • I think binlog-format (with dash) is used from the command line, while binlog_format (with underscore) is the system variable name. – Dylan Hogg Jun 28 at 3:19

To see the current binlog_format value:

mysql> show variables like 'binlog_format';
| Variable_name | Value     |
| binlog_format | STATEMENT |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

To change it:

mysql> SET GLOBAL binlog_format = 'STATEMENT';
mysql> SET GLOBAL binlog_format = 'ROW';
mysql> SET GLOBAL binlog_format = 'MIXED';

Source: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/binary-log-setting.html

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