The Flynn MySQL appliance provides MariaDB 10.1 in a highly-available configuration with automatic provisioning. It automatically fails over to a synchronous replica with no loss of data if the primary server goes down.

§ Usage

§ Adding a database to an app

MariaDB comes ready to go as soon as you’ve installed Flynn. After you create an app, you can provision a database for your app by running:

flynn resource add mysql

This will provision a database on the MariaDB cluster and configure your application to connect to it.

By default, MariaDB is not running in the Flynn cluster. The first time you provision a database, MariaDB will be started and configured.

§ Connecting to the database

Provisioning the database will add a few environment variables to your app release. MYSQL_HOST, MYSQL_USER, MYSQL_PWD, and MYSQL_DATABASE provide connection details for the database and are used automatically by many MySQL clients.

Flynn will also create the DATABASE_URL environment variable which is utilized by some frameworks to configure database connections.

§ Connecting to a console

To connect to a mysql console for the database, run flynn mysql console. This does not require the MySQL client to be installed locally or firewall/security changes, as it runs in a container on the Flynn cluster.

§ Dumping and restoring

The Flynn CLI provides commands for exporting and restoring database dumps.

flynn mysql dump saves a complete copy of the database schema and data to a local file.

$ flynn mysql dump -f latest.dump
60.34 MB 8.77 MB/s

The file can be used to restore the database with flynn mysql restore. It may also be imported into a local MySQL database that is not managed by Flynn with mysql:

$ mysql -D mydb < latest.dump

flynn mysql restore loads a database dump from a local file into a Flynn MySQL database. Any existing tables and database objects will be dropped before they are recreated.

$ flynn mysql restore -f latest.dump
62.29 MB / 62.29 MB [===================] 100.00 % 4.96 MB/s

The restore command may also be used to restore a database dump from another non-Flynn MySQL database, use mysqldump to create a dump file:

$ mysqldump mydb > mydb.dump

§ External access

An external route can be created that allows access to the database from services that are not running on Flynn.

flynn -a mariadb route add tcp --service mariadb --leader

This will provision a TCP port that always points at the primary instance.

For security reasons this port should be firewalled, and it should only be accessed over the local network, VPN, or SSH tunnel.

§ Safety

This appliance is designed to provide full consistency and partition tolerance for all operations that are committed to the binlog. However, the semi-sync replication configuration is not as well tested as our Postgres appliance, so we do not have full confidence in the system yet.

There is currently no support for tuning, and data transfer during recovery is not optimized, so we do not recommend using the appliance for applications that have high throughput or many records.