Monitoring and collecting data from MySQL plugin

The world’s most popular open source database. The MySQL™ software delivers a very fast, multi-threaded, multi-user, and robust SQL (Structured Query Language) database server. MySQL Server is intended for mission-critical, heavy-load production systems as well as for embedding into mass-deployed software. The MySQL software is Dual Licensed. Users can choose to use the MySQL software as an Open Source product under the terms of the GNU General Public License ( or can purchase a standard commercial license from Oracle.

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How it works

This plugin analyzes the performance of your MySQL database server.

We gather global statistics (eg. number of connections, open files, …) by using the SHOW STATUS query on MySQL, this requires access to the database.

There are 2 mechanisms to retrieve performance metrics about your queries. The preferred method is the MySQL performance schema, if this is not available, the slow query log can also be used.

The minimal supported version of MySQL is 5.1 for the slow query log and 5.7 for performance schema.


The plugin needs to be installed together with a CoScale agent, instructions on how to install the CoScale agent can be found here. If you want to monitor MySQL inside Docker containers using CoScale, check out the instructions here.


Global stats

Global statistics are fetched using the SHOW STATUS query.

A valid database must be provided in order to be able to execute this query. This can be any database.

Query performance

Slow log

For the slow query log, place the following configuration in /etc/mysql/my.cnf.

slow_query_log = 1
long_query_time = 0 # log all statements with execution time above 0 s.
slow_query_log_file = /var/log/mysql/slow.log
log_queries_not_using_indexes = 1
event_scheduler = ON

MySQL must be restarted for this to take effect.

The slow query log does not include the name of database by default. In order to tell the plugin about the current database the following event should be added.

    CREATE EVENT database_detection_event
        SET @CoScale = concat('select \'coscale_current_database=',
                              database(), '\'');
        prepare CoScale_stmt from @CoScale;
        execute CoScale_stmt;
        deallocate prepare CoScale_stmt;
    END |

Log rotation has to be configured manually. More information about log rotation can be found on the knowledge base.

Performance schema

Performance schema is only supported for MySQL version 5.7 and higher.

For performance schema, place the following configuration in /etc/mysql/my.cnf.


MySQL must be restarted for this to take effect.

Create a user and GRANT permissions on the performance_schema

CREATE USER 'username'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
GRANT SELECT ON performance_schema.* TO 'username'@'localhost';

No further configuration is required here, the database credentials from the global stats are used to query the performance schema.

Active checks

This plugin can be configured to perform a SQL query on your MySQL. This active monitoring allows us to calculate the uptime of the service and the response time of the query.

A valid SQL query (eg. select count(*) from my_table;) should be provided.



MariaDB and PerconaDB is also supported by the MySQL plugin, follow the instructions of the MySQL plugin. If you have questions about which version to use, please contact support.



Name Unit Dimensions
MySQL active check latency s  
MySQL active check uptime %  
MySQL bytes received b/s  
MySQL bytes sent b/s  
MySQL connections conn/s  
MySQL maximum used connections conn  
MySQL open files files  
MySQL open streams #  
MySQL open table definitions #  
MySQL open tables #  
MySQL queries queries/s  
MySQL slow queries queries/s  
MySQL threads cached threads  
MySQL threads connected threads  
MySQL threads created threads/s  
MySQL threads running threads  
MySQL uptime s  


Name Description Attributes
MYSQL service state watcher State watcher status
MYSQL Service state watcher State watcher status