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MySQL Input Plugin

This plugin gathers the statistic data from MySQL server

  • Global statuses
  • Global variables
  • Slave statuses
  • Binlog size
  • Process list
  • User Statistics
  • Info schema auto increment columns
  • InnoDB metrics
  • Table I/O waits
  • Index I/O waits
  • Perf Schema table lock waits
  • Perf Schema event waits
  • Perf Schema events statements
  • File events statistics
  • Table schema statistics


# Read metrics from one or many mysql servers
  ## specify servers via a url matching:
  ##  [username[:password]@][protocol[(address)]]/[?tls=[true|false|skip-verify]]
  ##  see https://github.com/go-sql-driver/mysql#dsn-data-source-name
  ##  e.g.
  ##    servers = ["user:passwd@tcp("]
  ##    servers = ["user@tcp("]
  ## If no servers are specified, then localhost is used as the host.
  servers = ["tcp("]
  ## the limits for metrics form perf_events_statements
  perf_events_statements_digest_text_limit  = 120
  perf_events_statements_limit              = 250
  perf_events_statements_time_limit         = 86400
  ## if the list is empty, then metrics are gathered from all database tables
  table_schema_databases                    = []
  ## gather metrics from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES for databases provided above list
  gather_table_schema                       = false
  ## gather thread state counts from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.PROCESSLIST
  gather_process_list                       = true
  ## gather thread state counts from INFORMATION_SCHEMA.USER_STATISTICS
  gather_user_statistics                    = true
  ## gather auto_increment columns and max values from information schema
  gather_info_schema_auto_inc               = true
  gather_innodb_metrics                     = true
  ## gather metrics from SHOW SLAVE STATUS command output
  gather_slave_status                       = true
  ## gather metrics from SHOW BINARY LOGS command output
  gather_binary_logs                        = false
  gather_table_io_waits                     = false
  gather_table_lock_waits                   = false
  gather_index_io_waits                     = false
  ## gather metrics from PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA.EVENT_WAITS
  gather_event_waits                        = false
  gather_file_events_stats                  = false
  gather_perf_events_statements             = false
  ## Some queries we may want to run less often (such as SHOW GLOBAL VARIABLES)
  interval_slow                             = "30m"

  ## Optional TLS Config (will be used if tls=custom parameter specified in server uri)
  tls_ca = "/etc/telegraf/ca.pem"
  tls_cert = "/etc/telegraf/cert.pem"
  tls_key = "/etc/telegraf/key.pem"

Metric Version

When metric_version = 2, a variety of field type issues are corrected as well as naming inconsistencies. If you have existing data on the original version enabling this feature will cause a field type error when inserted into InfluxDB due to the change of types. For this reason, you should keep the metric_version unset until you are ready to migrate to the new format.

If preserving your old data is not required you may wish to drop conflicting measurements:

DROP SERIES from mysql
DROP SERIES from mysql_variables
DROP SERIES from mysql_innodb

Otherwise, migration can be performed using the following steps:

  1. Duplicate your mysql plugin configuration and add a name_suffix and metric_version = 2, this will result in collection using both the old and new style concurrently:

      servers = ["tcp("]
      name_suffix = "_v2"
      metric_version = 2
      servers = ["tcp("]
  2. Upgrade all affected Telegraf clients to version >=1.6.

    New measurements will be created with the name_suffix, for example::

    • mysql_v2
    • mysql_variables_v2
  3. Update charts, alerts, and other supporting code to the new format.

  4. You can now remove the old mysql plugin configuration and remove old measurements.

If you wish to remove the name_suffix you may use Kapacitor to copy the historical data to the default name. Do this only after retiring the old measurement name.

  1. Use the techinique described above to write to multiple locations:
      servers = ["tcp("]
      metric_version = 2
      name_suffix = "_v2"
      metric_version = 2
      servers = ["tcp("]
  2. Create a TICKScript to copy the historical data:
    dbrp "telegraf"."autogen"
            SELECT * FROM "telegraf"."autogen"."mysql_v2"
  3. Define a task for your script:
    kapacitor define copy-measurement -tick copy-measurement.task
  4. Run the task over the data you would like to migrate:
    kapacitor replay-live batch -start 2018-03-30T20:00:00Z -stop 2018-04-01T12:00:00Z -rec-time -task copy-measurement
  5. Verify copied data and repeat for other measurements.


  • Global statuses - all numeric and boolean values of SHOW GLOBAL STATUSES
  • Global variables - all numeric and boolean values of SHOW GLOBAL VARIABLES
  • Slave status - metrics from SHOW SLAVE STATUS the metrics are gathered when the single-source replication is on. If the multi-source replication is set, then everything works differently, this metric does not work with multi-source replication.
  • Binary logs - all metrics including size and count of all binary files. Requires to be turned on in configuration.
    • binary_size_bytes(int, number)
    • binary_files_count(int, number)
  • Process list - connection metrics from processlist for each user. It has the following tags
    • connections(int, number)
  • User Statistics - connection metrics from user statistics for each user. It has the following fields
    • access_denied
    • binlog_bytes_written
    • busy_time
    • bytes_received
    • bytes_sent
    • commit_transactions
    • concurrent_connections
    • connected_time
    • cpu_time
    • denied_connections
    • empty_queries
    • hostlost_connections
    • other_commands
    • rollback_transactions
    • rows_fetched
    • rows_updated
    • select_commands
    • server
    • table_rows_read
    • total_connections
    • total_ssl_connections
    • update_commands
    • user
  • Perf Table IO waits - total count and time of I/O waits event for each table and process. It has following fields:
    • table_io_waits_total_fetch(float, number)
    • table_io_waits_total_insert(float, number)
    • table_io_waits_total_update(float, number)
    • table_io_waits_total_delete(float, number)
    • table_io_waits_seconds_total_fetch(float, milliseconds)
    • table_io_waits_seconds_total_insert(float, milliseconds)
    • table_io_waits_seconds_total_update(float, milliseconds)
    • table_io_waits_seconds_total_delete(float, milliseconds)
  • Perf index IO waits - total count and time of I/O waits event for each index and process. It has following fields:
    • index_io_waits_total_fetch(float, number)
    • index_io_waits_seconds_total_fetch(float, milliseconds)
    • index_io_waits_total_insert(float, number)
    • index_io_waits_total_update(float, number)
    • index_io_waits_total_delete(float, number)
    • index_io_waits_seconds_total_insert(float, milliseconds)
    • index_io_waits_seconds_total_update(float, milliseconds)
    • index_io_waits_seconds_total_delete(float, milliseconds)
  • Info schema autoincrement statuses - autoincrement fields and max values for them. It has following fields:
    • auto_increment_column(int, number)
    • auto_increment_column_max(int, number)
  • InnoDB metrics - all metrics of information_schema.INNODB_METRICS with a status "enabled"
  • Perf table lock waits - gathers total number and time for SQL and external lock waits events for each table and operation. It has following fields. The unit of fields varies by the tags.
    • read_normal(float, number/milliseconds)
    • read_with_shared_locks(float, number/milliseconds)
    • read_high_priority(float, number/milliseconds)
    • read_no_insert(float, number/milliseconds)
    • write_normal(float, number/milliseconds)
    • write_allow_write(float, number/milliseconds)
    • write_concurrent_insert(float, number/milliseconds)
    • write_low_priority(float, number/milliseconds)
    • read(float, number/milliseconds)
    • write(float, number/milliseconds)
  • Perf events waits - gathers total time and number of event waits
    • events_waits_total(float, number)
    • events_waits_seconds_total(float, milliseconds)
  • Perf file events statuses - gathers file events statuses
    • file_events_total(float,number)
    • file_events_seconds_total(float, milliseconds)
    • file_events_bytes_total(float, bytes)
  • Perf events statements - gathers attributes of each event
    • events_statements_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_seconds_total(float, millieconds)
    • events_statements_errors_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_warnings_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_rows_affected_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_rows_sent_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_rows_examined_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_tmp_tables_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_tmp_disk_tables_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_sort_merge_passes_totales(float, number)
    • events_statements_sort_rows_total(float, number)
    • events_statements_no_index_used_total(float, number)
  • Table schema - gathers statistics of each schema. It has following measurements
    • info_schema_table_rows(float, number)
    • info_schema_table_size_data_length(float, number)
    • info_schema_table_size_index_length(float, number)
    • info_schema_table_size_data_free(float, number)
    • info_schema_table_version(float, number)


  • All measurements has following tags
    • server (the host name from which the metrics are gathered)
  • Process list measurement has following tags
    • user (username for whom the metrics are gathered)
  • User Statistics measurement has following tags
    • user (username for whom the metrics are gathered)
  • Perf table IO waits measurement has following tags
    • schema
    • name (object name for event or process)
  • Perf index IO waits has following tags
    • schema
    • name
    • index
  • Info schema autoincrement statuses has following tags
    • schema
    • table
    • column
  • Perf table lock waits has following tags
    • schema
    • table
    • sql_lock_waits_total(fields including this tag have numeric unit)
    • external_lock_waits_total(fields including this tag have numeric unit)
    • sql_lock_waits_seconds_total(fields including this tag have millisecond unit)
    • external_lock_waits_seconds_total(fields including this tag have millisecond unit)
  • Perf events statements has following tags
    • event_name
  • Perf file events statuses has following tags
    • event_name
    • mode
  • Perf file events statements has following tags
    • schema
    • digest
    • digest_text
  • Table schema has following tags
    • schema
    • table
    • component
    • type
    • engine
    • row_format
    • create_options