Multi-Master Replication for MySQL/MariaDB

The platform lets you easily set up two different types of database replication - master-slave and master-master - in order to solve a number of different problems with performance, to support database backups, to alleviate system failures and much more. Information on how to configure a master-slave replication for your MySQL database can be found here.

And in this tutorial we are going to explain how to configure the master-master (multi-master) replication in MySQL, specifically to be applied on environments. The process is rather simple, but requires you to pay attention to some important details.

So let’s get started!

Create Environments with MySQL

The first thing that you need in order to configure a database replication is, at least, two db servers. Let’s create two environments with MySQL instances.

1. Log into the platform. After your dashboard is opened, click on Create Environment in the top panel.

create environment

2. With the help of the opened topology wizard, set up the following environments:

  • the first master DB environment

Add Apache application server with PHP support and MySQL database. Set up the cloudlet limits for each container. Name your environment (e.g. mysql-master-1) and click Create.

first master environment

  • the second master DB environment

To create the second environment (master-mysql-2) you will be required to repeat the steps of master-mysql-1 environment creation.

Or, you can just clone the first environment, specifying the proper name in the corresponding frame:

multi master mysql replication clone environment

master environments

3. Keep in mind that versions and environments' configuration may vary according to your needs and will also depend on your hosting provider configuration. For example, instead of running PHP you may want to run a Java or Ruby application. Regardless, the references in the article should only be used for replicating MySQL servers running on this platform.

Note: If you want to replicate your environments between different hosting providers, you must enable public IP address for MySQL nodes.

Configure the First Master DB

Now that MySQL servers are installed and running, we need to set them up for replication.

1. Let’s start with master-mysql-1. Click on MySQL Config icon for your first environment.

config first MySQL

2. In the opened Configuration manager, navigate to the /etc/my.cnf file, locate the #skip-networking string and insert the next parameters as shown below:

server-id    = 1  
binlog-do-db = example  
binlog-do-db    = teste  
log-bin     = /var/log/mysql/mysql-bin.log  
auto_increment_increment= 1  
auto_increment_offset    = 1

first skip networking configs

Let’s consider in detail what exactly we are configuring with these options:

  • server-id - common option which is used by replication servers for identifying themselves. Should be unique for each server.
  • bin-log-do-db = example and bin-log-do-db = teste - tells the server to restrict binary logging to updates for the specified databases. Note: that these databases must not have been created yet. Once you are comfortable with the Multi-Master Replication you can include your own databases.
  • log-bin = /var/log/mysql/mysql-bin.log - defines whether the binary log is enabled or not. The option value, if given, is the basename for the log sequence.
  • auto_increment_increment = 1 - used to control the interval between successive column values.
  • auto_increment_offset = 1 - in the context of the multi-master replication can be used to avoid replication conflicts. In this article, we set the 1 value for the master-mysql-1 server and 2 for the master-mysql-2.

Both auto_increment_increment and auto_increment_offset options are intended for use with master-to-master replication and should be set according to your application requirements. We suggest that you set auto_increment_offset option value to the same as the server-id parameter’s one, to avoid replication conflicts.

3. Once you’ve finished modifying the /etc/my.cnf file, just click Save and restart MySQL node in the master-mysql-1 environment as shown below.

restart first MySQL

4. In order to check MySQL was restarted successfully, you can navigate to the automatically opened actions tab.

first MySQL actions

If an error occurs during this stage, repeat the procedure again or contact your Technical Support.

Configure the Second Master DB

Now it’s time to start setting up the second DB server (the one that belongs to the master-mysql-2 environment).

1. Open the configuration manager for the MySQL node in the appropriate environment.

config second server

2. Navigate to the same /etc/my.cnf file, find the #skip-networking parameter again, and paste the following lines after it:

server-id = 2
binlog-do-db = example
binlog-do-db = teste
log-bin = /var/log/mysql/mysql-bin.log
auto_increment_increment= 1
auto_increment_offset = 2
Note: We’ve changed the values of server-id and auto_increment_offset options, as they should be unique for each server.

second skip networking configs

3. Once you’ve finished modifying, just click Save and restart MySQL master-mysql-2 node, exactly in the same way you did for the node in the master-mysql-1 environment.

4. To check that MySQL has been restarted successfully, click on the appeared actions tab and see the results. If an error occurs during this stage, repeat the procedure again or contact your Technical Support.

Enabling Master-Master Replication

Finally, let’s adjust the replication itself. For that, you’ll need to execute some commands with the help of phpMyAdmin panel.

1. Click Open in Browser for the MySQL server in the first environment (master-mysql-1).

open first MySQL

2. You’ll be redirected to the administrator panel. Log in to it with the credentials for root user you’ve received via email during environment creation and navigate to the SQL tab. In the window opened, execute the following commands:

create user 'replicator'@'%' identified by 'password';
grant replication slave on *.* to 'replicator'@'%';
Note: The password value should be substituted with your own one. DO NOT use the default value - it’s not secure.

create first replication user

In such a way, we’ve created a new replicator user and granted him global permissions for performing the replication operations.

Remember the credentials you’ve specified and click the Go button below.

3. In order to check the configuration is OK so far, execute this line:

show master status;

You should get a result similar to the following:

master status first node

Remember the binlog file name and its position. We’ll use them in the further configurations.

4. Repeat the 1-3 steps for the second MySQL server, creating the same-named user and remembering the log file parameters.

Note: In case you’ve used cloning for the second environment creation, credentials for its MySQL server will remain the same as for the first one.

5. Now it’s time to activate the replication. Open the SQL tab in phpMyAdmin panel of the second MySQL server (the one that is included to the master-mysql-2 environment) and run the following:

CHANGE MASTER TO MASTER_HOST = 'first_server_IP', MASTER_USER = 'replicator', MASTER_PASSWORD = 'password', MASTER_LOG_FILE = 'binlog_file_name', MASTER_LOG_POS = binlog_file_position;


  • first_server_IP - internal IP address of the MySQL server in the first environment. In case you would like to configure the replication between servers of different hosting providers, you should attach the external IP addresses to both of your DB nodes and specify the first server’s one in this parameter.

    Note: Internal/external IP address can be seen by pressing the Info button next to the appropriate server:

    MySQL info

    MySQL IP

  • password - the one you’ve specified while creating the DB user for the first MySQL server

  • binlog_file_name - value in the File column of the first server’s status table

  • binlog_file_position - position of the binlog file from the same table

slave at second server

6. In order to check whether the commands were successfully executed or not, run the following:

show slave status;

slave status second node

7. Open the administrator panel for MySQL node of the master-mysql-1 environment and run the same lines substituting the parameters' values with the data of the second DB server:

CHANGE MASTER TO MASTER_HOST = 'second_server_IP', MASTER_USER = 'replicator', MASTER_PASSWORD = 'password', MASTER_LOG_FILE = 'binlog_file_name', MASTER_LOG_POS = binlog_file_position;

8. Check if all was configured properly in the same way:

show slave status;

Congrats! Replication has been successfully enabled on both servers.

Testing the Replication

And finally, let’s ensure everything works like a charm.

1. Log onto the first DB server and create a new example database:

create example database

As you can see, it is already marked as a replicated within the Master replication column.

Note: The name of this new database corresponds to the one we’ve specified in the servers' configurations (binlog-do-db = example). For further usage, you can create your own database and substitute binlog-do-db parameter’s value with its name.

2. Now, log into the second server in your MySQL cluster and check the newly created database appeared in the list.

Click on it and add a new table with at least one column:

add table to database

Specify any desired values and click Save.

set column propeties

3. Switch back to the admin panel of the first MySQL server and make sure replicated example database contains the jelastic table now.

multi master MySQL replication

You can also perform some other actions (e.g. operate with records, triggers, indexes, etc.) in order to check all the data is instantly replicated inside the MySQL cluster.

That was so easy! Enjoy complete data security with the platform hosting.

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