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Starts or continues replicating a database from a remote host to the local host. The database on the remote host is the primary database and the database on the local host is its secondary. The primary database must be in a different cluster than the secondary database.


REPLICATE DATABASE db_name [WITH {SYNC | ASYNC} DURABILITY] FROM master_user[:'master_password']@master_host[:master_port][/master_db_name]


  • db_name is the name of the target database on the secondary MemSQL instance. REPLICATE DATABASE will always attempt to create a new database named db_name. The database name on the secondary does not need to match the name of its corresponding remote primary database.
  • REPLICATE DATABASE always replicates asynchronously.
  • If you run STOP REPLICATING, replication stops and the secondary database is promoted to the primary database on the local host. When replication stops, the promoted database will use synchronous replication, if the previous primary database used synchronous replication. Likewise, the promoted database will use asynchronous replication, if the previous primary database used asynchronous replication.
  • WITH {SYNC | ASYNC} DURABILITY specifies whether the durability of the secondary database will be synchronous or asynchronous, if it were to be promoted to the primary database on the local host. In-memory database updates you make using DDL and DML are durable when they are also saved to the log on disk. If the secondary database uses synchronous replication and WITH {SYNC | ASYNC} DURABILITY is not specified, the primary database’s durability setting is used. If the secondary database uses asynchronous replication, WITH SYNC DURABILITY cannot be specified and asynchronous durability is used.
  • master_user and master_password must grant access to the primary database. The password is assumed to be blank if master_password is not specified explicitly. If you specify a password, enclose it in single quotes.
  • master_host is the host name or IPv4/IPv6 pointing to the remote database. It can be quoted to allow special characters (e.g. “-", among others). master_host must be in a different cluster than the local host.
  • master_db_name is the name of the remote, primary database. If it is not specified explicitly, MemSQL attempts to replicate from db_name on the master MemSQL instance.
  • While replicating, the database is in the replicating state (see Database States).
  • The long form of CONTINUE REPLICATING can be used to re-point a replica from one master to another.


Basic Usage

REPLICATE DATABASE ExampleDatabase FROM root@master-host:3306;

With Password

REPLICATE DATABASE ExampleDatabase FROM master_user:'master_password'@master-host:3306/MasterExampleDatabase;

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