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A run-anywhere, dependency-less database anonymizer.


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dbanon reads from stdin and writes to stdout.

mysqldump mydb | dbanon -config=myconfig.yml | gzip > mydb.sql.gz

The -config flag can use bundled configurations or point to the path of a custom configuration file.


Magento 2

dbanon bundles a default Magento 2 configuration file. However you almost certainly won't use it directly.

At minimum, you'll first need to run the map-eav subcommand. This translates EAV attribute codes to their respective attribute ids.

You must feed it a mysqldump of eav_entity_type and eav_attribute (in that order).

mysqldump mydb eav_entity_type eav_attribute | dbanon -config=magento2 map-eav > ~/magento2-mapped.yml

map-eav will replace the attribute codes in the config file with attribute ids and print an updated config to stdout.

Next you'd run dbanon with the config generated by map-eav.

mysqldump mydb | dbanon -config=~/magento2-mapped.yml | gzip > mydb.sql.gz

Most Magento 2 databases, however, will have additional data that needs to be anonymized beyond the default bundled file.

For this you'll first want to create a new configuration file based off the bundled configuration. Instructions on customizing the configuration file are included in the "Custom Configuration" section.

Custom Configuration

Specify the path to your config file via the -config flag

mysqldump mydb | dbanon -config=myconfig.yml | gzip > mydb.sql.gz

See the etc directory for examples.

Columns are specified as key / value pairs. The value string winds up getting passed to this function, which gets random values from dmgk/faker.

It is also possible to pass direct Faker function calls for supported "raw providers"


dbanon records messages about anything notable (e.g. invalid configuration) to the file dbanon.log in the directory from which you run it.


The -log-file flag can be used to have dbanon log to a different location.

mysqldump mydb | dbanon -config=myconfig.yml -log-file=var/dbanon.log


The -log-level flag can be used to control the verbosity of logs. Supported values can be found here.

mysqldump mydb | dbanon -config=myconfig.yml -log-level=debug | gzip > mydb.sql.gz

The default log level is info.


Logging can be disabled entirely by passing the -silent flag to dbanon

mysqldump mydb | dbanon -config=myconfig.yml -silent | gzip > mydb.sql.gz


dbanon will generate a CPU profile to the file when passed the -profile flag.

mysqldump mydb | dbanon -profile -config=myconfig.yml >/dev/null


  • Currently only supports MySQL


dbanon will self-update when passed the -update flag

dbanon -update


Publishing releases

Releases are published with GoReleaser.

  • Create and push a tag (e.g. git tag -a v0.6.2 -m "v0.6.2 && git push origin v0.6.2)
  • Build the go-bindata (e.g. go-bindata -pkg bindata -o bindata/bindata.go etc/*)
  • Run goreleaser (e.g. goreleaser release --rm-dist)

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