5.2.1. Preparing Hosts for MongoDB Replication

During the replication process, data is exchanged from the MySQL database/table/row structure into corresponding MongoDB structures, as follows

Database Database
Table Collection
Row Document

In general, it is easier to understand that a row within the MySQL table is converted into a single document on the MongoDB side, and automatically added to a collection matching the table name.

For example, the following row within MySQL:

mysql> select * from recipe where recipeid = 1085 \G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
  recipeid: 1085
     title: Creamy egg and leek special
  servings: 4
    active: 1
     parid: 0
    userid: 0
    rating: 0.0
 cumrating: 0.0
createdate: 0
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Is replicated into the MongoDB document:

    "_id" : ObjectId("5212233584ae46ce07e427c3"),
    "recipeid" : "1085",
    "title" : "Creamy egg and leek special",
    "subtitle" : "",
    "servings" : "4",
    "active" : "1",
    "parid" : "0",
    "userid" : "0",
    "rating" : "0.0",
    "cumrating" : "0.0",
    "createdate" : "0"

When preparing the hosts you must be aware of this translation of the different structures, as it will have an effect on the way the information is replicated from MySQL to MongoDB.

MySQL Host

The data replicated from MySQL can be any data, although there are some known limitations and assumptions made on the way the information is transferred.

The following are required for replication to MongoDB:

  • MySQL must be using Row-based replication for information to be replicated to MongoDB. For the best results, you should change the global binary log format, ideally in the configuration file (my.cnf):

    binlog-format = row

    Alternatively, the global binlog format can be changed by executing the following statement:

    mysql> SET GLOBAL binlog-format = ROW;

    For MySQL 5.6.2 and later, you must enable full row log images:

    binlog-row-image = full

    This information will be forgotten when the MySQL server is restarted; placing the configuration in the my.cnf file will ensure this option is permanently enabled.

  • Table format should be updated to UTF8 by updating the MySQL configuration (my.cnf):


    Tables must also be configured as UTF8 tables, and existing tables should be updated to UTF8 support before they are replicated to prevent character set corruption issues.

  • To prevent timezone configuration storing zone adjusted values and exporting this information to the binary log and MongoDB, fix the timezone configuration to use UTC within the configuration file (my.cnf):


For the best results when replicating, be aware of the following issues and limitations:

  • Use primary keys on all tables. The use of primary keys will improve the lookup of information within MongoDB when rows are updated. Without a primary key on a table a full table scan is performed, which can affect performance.

  • MySQL TEXT columns are correctly replicated, but cannot be used as keys.

  • MySQL BLOB columns are converted to text using the configured character type. Depending on the data that is being stored within the BLOB, the data may need to be custom converted. A filter can be written to convert and reformat the content as required.

MongoDB Host

  • Enable networking; by default MongoDB is configured to listen only on the localhost ( IP address. The address should be changed to the IP address off your host, or, which indicates all interfaces on the current host.

  • Ensure that network port 27017, or the port you want to use for MongoDB is configured as the listening port.