Lanyrd's MySQL to PostgreSQL conversion script
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MySQL to PostgreSQL Converter

Lanyrd's MySQL to PostgreSQL conversion script. Use with care.

This script was designed for our specific database and column requirements - notably, it doubles the lengths of VARCHARs due to a unicode size problem we had, places indexes on all foreign keys, and presumes you're using Django for column typing purposes.

GitLab-specific changes

The gitlab branch of this fork contains the following changes made for GitLab.

  • Guard against replacing '0000-00-00 00:00:00' inside SQL text fields.
  • Replace all MySQL zero-byte string literals \0. This is safe as of GitLab 6.8 because the GitLab database schema contains no binary columns.
  • Never set 'NOT NULL' constraints on datetimes.
  • Drop sequences before creating them.
  • Preserve default values of boolean (originally tinyint(1)) columns.
  • Import all indexes.
  • Import index names.
  • Drop tables before creating.
  • Drop indexes before creating.

How to use

First, dump your MySQL database in PostgreSQL-compatible format

mysqldump --compatible=postgresql --default-character-set=utf8 \
-r databasename.mysql -u root gitlabhq_production -p

Then, convert it using the script.

python databasename.mysql databasename.psql

It'll print progress to the terminal

Now we have a DB dump that can be imported but the dump will be slow due to existing indexes. We use 'ed' to edit the DB dump file and move the 'DROP INDEX' statements to the start of the import. Ed is not the fastest tool for this job if your DB dump is multiple gigabytes. (Patches to the converter are welcome!)

ed -s databasename.psql < move_drop_indexes.ed

Next, load your new dump into a fresh PostgreSQL database using:

psql -f databasename.psql -d gitlabhq_production

More information

You can learn more about the move which this powered at and some technical details of it at