We understand that database migrations can be painful. We have helped users successfully migrate from MySQL to YugabyteDB, a PostgreSQL-compatible distributed SQL database. A very popular tool to accomplish this task is pgloader. In this post, we will cover how to migrate both your MySQL schema as well as data to YugabyteDB.


Before starting the migration there are a few prerequisites you’ll need to address.

You’ll need access to the MySQL database from which you wish to migrate the schema and data. Additionally, you’ll need to have ysqlsh command line connectivity to a running YugabyteDB cluster that you are going to migrate into.

Create a database on the YugabyteDB cluster that you will migrate into from the source cluster. This database needs to match the database name from MySQL. There would not be any tables or data behind the database but pgloader requires the database to exist on the target cluster. You can create the database by following these steps:

# Use ysqlsh to connect to any node of the YugabyteDB cluster
ysqlsh --host=<ip>
# Create the database
create database <name>;

Preparing to Migrate

You would also ideally need a separate migration machine to install and run pgloader. That way you’re not stealing resources from your target or source servers. To install pgloader on this machine, do the following:

1. Install docker. Since we were installing docker on a CentOS machine, we followed these instructions.
2. After installation, start docker by running sudo systemctl start docker.
3. Verify docker was successfully installed by running sudo docker run hello-world upon which you should get the output shown below.

$ sudo docker run hello-world   
Hello from Docker!
This message shows that your installation appears to be working correctly.
To generate this message, Docker took the following steps:
 1. The Docker client contacted the Docker daemon.
 2. The Docker daemon pulled the "hello-world" image from the Docker Hub.
 3. The Docker daemon created a new container from that image which runs the
    executable that produces the output you are currently reading.
 4. The Docker daemon streamed that output to the Docker client, which sent it
    to your terminal.
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 $ docker run -it ubuntu bash
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Verify Connectivity to Source MySQL DB

Next, ensure that the migration machine is able to connect to the MySQL server, because pgloader will need to communicate with MySQL over port 3306. Also make sure that the username/password used by pgloader and the IP address from which pgloader is connecting has permissions to connect to the MySQL source database.

1. To verify network connectivity you can use telnet <MySQL_ip> 3306.
2. To grant the pgloader ip the permissions to access the database you can run the following command.

>GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'root'@'<pgloader_instance_ip>' WITH GRANT OPTION;

3. To add a password for the ip/user combination, use the following command:

SET PASSWORD FOR 'root'@'<pgloader_instance_ip>' =

If you see a “failed to connect” message like this  after doing the above steps check the access with your MySQL DBA:

2021-04-22T17:33:33.232901Z ERROR #1=mysql: Failed to connect to #1# at "" (port 3306) as user "root": MySQL Error [1045]:
"Access denied for user
'root'@'ip-172-161-27-195.us-east-2.compute.internal' (using password: YES)"
2021-04-22T17:33:33.232990Z LOG report summary reset
       table name     errors       rows      bytes      total time
-----------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------------
  fetch meta data          0          0                     0.000s
-----------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------------
-----------------  ---------  ---------  ---------  --------------

Verify Connectivity to Target YugabyteDB Cluster

The final check is to make sure the pgloader instance is able to reach the YugabyeDB cluster. For this we’ll need to check to make sure the pgloader instance is able to communicate with one of the YugabyteDB nodes across port 5433.

1. To verify connectivity run telnet <YugabyteDB_node_ip> 5433.

Installing pgloader (Docker)

docker pull yugabytedb/pgloader:v1.1   
docker run --rm --name pgloader yugabytedb/pgloader:v1.0 pgloader

You should see the following response:

pgloader version "3.6.3~devel"
compiled with Clozure Common Lisp Version 1.11.5/v1.11.5

For pgloader command flags:

docker pull yugabytedb/pgloader:v1.1
docker run --rm --name pgloader yugabytedb/pgloader:v1.1 pgloader
pgloader [ option ... ] command-file ...
pgloader [ option ... ] SOURCE TARGET
  --help -h                   boolean  Show usage and exit.
  --version -V                boolean  Displays pgloader version and exit.
  --quiet -q                  boolean  Be quiet
  --verbose -v                boolean  Be verbose
  --debug -d                  boolean  Display debug level information.
  --client-min-messages       string   Filter logs seen at the console (default: "warning")
  --log-min-messages          string   Filter logs seen in the logfile (default: "notice")
  --summary -S                string   Filename where to copy the summary
  --root-dir -D               string   Output root directory. (default: #P"/tmp/pgloader/")
  --upgrade-config -U         boolean  Output the command(s) corresponding to .conf file for v2.x
  --list-encodings -E         boolean  List pgloader known encodings and exit.
  --logfile -L                string   Filename where to send the logs.
  --load-lisp-file -l         string   Read user code from files
  --dry-run                   boolean  Only check database connections, don't load anything.
  --on-error-stop             boolean  Refrain from handling errors properly.
  --no-ssl-cert-verification  boolean  Instruct OpenSSL to bypass verifying certificates.
  --context -C                string   Command Context Variables
  --with                      string   Load options
  --set                       string   PostgreSQL options
  --field                     string   Source file fields specification
  --cast                      string   Specific cast rules
  --type                      string   Force input source type
  --encoding                  string   Source expected encoding
  --before                    string   SQL script to run before loading the data
  --after                     string   SQL script to run after loading the data
  --self-upgrade              string   Path to pgloader newer sources
  --regress                   boolean  Drive regression testing

Setting Up pgloader Command File

Instead of using the pgloader command line SOURCE TARGET with options, we use a command file to simplify the docker command.

load database
 from mysql://root:[email protected]:3306/testdb
 into postgresql://yugabyte:[email protected]:5433/testdb
    max parallel create index=1, batch rows = 1000;

Running pgloader

pgloader Schema and Data Migration

The docker image is based on centos7. We can “bash” into the container and run the pgloader command (/usr/local/bin/pgloader). In this doc, we store the pgloader command-file in “centos” home directory and use docker volume to map the configuration from centos home directory to docker container directory. The docker flag “–rm” will make sure the container is removed once the pgloader job is done.

docker run --rm --name <name_for_container> -v <local_dir
yugabytedb/pgloader:v1.1 pgloader

Ex. pgloader command

[[email protected] centos]# pwd
[[email protected] centos]# ls
[[email protected] centos]# docker run --rm --name pgloader1 -v
/home/centos:/tmp yugabytedb/pgloader:v1.1 pgloader -v -L
/tmp/pgloader.log /tmp/pgloader.conf

We should get the below output when the pgloader is running.

2021-04-22T18:49:00.000672Z LOG pgloader version "3.6.3~devel"
2021-04-22T18:49:00.264485Z LOG Migrating from #<MYSQL-CONNECTION mysql://[email protected]:3306/testdb #x302001D3B50D>
2021-04-22T18:49:00.264662Z LOG Migrating into #<PGSQL-CONNECTION
pgsql://[email protected]:5433/testdb #x302001D3B3AD>

We can also double check the pgloader is running by running docker ps.

Migrating MySQL Blog Image 7

We can also tail the pgloader.log we specified in the docker command.

[[email protected] ~]$tail -f pgloader.log

We can check where the pgloader is currently at by going to the platform UI and checking the tables section to see the tables start to load in.

Migrating MySQL Blog Image 1

In addition you can check the live queries and see current queries/ddl changes being made on the cluster at that time.

Migrating MySQL Blog Image 2

pgloader Schema Migration Only

If you only wanted to migrate the schema from MySQL to YugabyteDB and not include the data, you can add WITH schema only to the pgloader command file and pgloader will only load the schema.

load database
 from mysql://root:[email protected]:3306/testdb
 into postgresql://yugabyte:[email protected]:5433/testdb
    max parallel create index=1, batch rows = 1000, schema only;


Once pgloader finishes the migration, you will get a summary of the migration steps which includes how long each step took and the number of rows inserted.

Migrating MySQL Blog Image 3

Alternatively you can also check the platform to make sure all the tables are present by looking under the tables tab and making sure there are no active queries migration queries against the cluster (index creation, index backfill, copy from, create table, etc.).

Migrating MySQL Blog Image 4

Migrating MySQL Blog Image 5


The ability to migrate seamlessly to a new database helps to take the pressure off moving to a new technology. With the changes we’ve made to pgloader at Yugabyte to enable users to easily move your current MySQL database onto YugabyteDB, we relieve that headache. A special thanks to Taylor Mull and Stanley Sung for their collaboration with the creation of this post. As always we are here to help and answer any questions you may have. Join us on our community Slack channel, and star us on GitHub.

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