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This tutorial will start with a very simple TiDB Binlog deployment with a single node of each component (Placement Driver, TiKV Server, TiDB Server, Pump, and Drainer), set up to push data into a MariaDB Server instance.

This tutorial is targeted toward users who have some familiarity with the TiDB Architecture, who may have already set up a TiDB cluster (though that is not mandatory), and who wants to gain hands-on familiarity with the features and functionality of TiDB Binlog. This tutorial is a good way to “kick the tires” of TiDB Binlog and to familiarize yourself with the concepts of its architecture.


The methodology used to deploy TiDB in this tutorial should not be used to deploy TiDB in a production or development setting.

This tutorial assumes you’re using a modern Linux distribution on x86-64. I’ll use a minimal CentOS 7 installation running in VMware for the examples. It’ll be easiest if you start from a clean install, so that you aren’t impacted by quirks of your existing environment. If you don’t want to use local virtualization, you can easily and inexpensively start a CentOS 7 VM in your favorite cloud provider.


TiDB Binlog is a solution to collect binary log data from TiDB server and provide real-time data backup and replication. It pushes incremental data updates made to a TiDB Server cluster into any of various downstream platforms.

You can use TiDB Binlog for incremental backups, to replicate data from one TiDB cluster to another, or to send TiDB updates through Kafka to a downstream platform of your choice.

TiDB Binlog is particularly useful when you migrate data from MySQL or MariaDB to TiDB, in which case you may use the TiDB DM (Data Migration) platform to get data from a MySQL/MariaDB cluster into TiDB, and then use TiDB Binlog to keep a separate, downstream MySQL/MariaDB instance/cluster in sync with your TiDB cluster. TiDB Binlog enables application traffic to TiDB to be pushed to a downstream MySQL or MariaDB instance/cluster, which reduces the risk of a migration to TiDB because you can easily revert the application to MySQL or MariaDB without downtime or data loss.

See TiDB Binlog Cluster Overview for more information.


TiDB Binlog comprises two components: the Pump and the Drainer. Several Pump nodes make up a Pump cluster. Each Pump node connects to TiDB Server instances and receives updates made to each of the TiDB Server instances in a cluster. A Drainer connects to the Pump cluster and transforms updates into the correct format for a particular downstream destination, be it Kafka or another TiDB Cluster or a MySQL/MariaDB server.

The clustered architecture of the Pump component ensures that updates won’t be lost as new TiDB Server instances join or leave the TiDB Cluster or Pump nodes join or leave the Pump cluster.


We’re using MariaDB Server in this case instead of MySQL Server because RHEL/CentOS 7 includes MariaDB Server in their default package repositories. We’ll need the client as well as the server for later, so let’s install them now:

sudo yum install -y mariadb-server

Even if you’ve already started a TiDB cluster, it will be easier to follow along with this tutorial if you set up a new, very simple cluster. We will install from a tarball, using a simplified form of the Local Deployment guide. You may also wish to consult Testing Deployment from Binary Tarball for best practices establishing a real testing deployment that goes beyond the scope of this tutorial.

curl -L | tar xzf -
cd tidb-latest-linux-amd64

Expect this output:

[kolbe@localhost ~]$ curl -LO | tar xzf -
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  368M  100  368M    0     0  8394k      0  0:00:44  0:00:44 --:--:-- 11.1M
[kolbe@localhost ~]$ cd tidb-latest-linux-amd64
[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$


Now we’ll start a very simple TiDB cluster, with a single instance each of pd-server, tikv-server, and tidb-server.

First, let’s populate the config files we’ll use:

printf > pd.toml %s\n 'log-file="pd.log"' 'data-dir=""'
printf > tikv.toml %s\n 'log-file="tikv.log"' '[storage]' 'data-dir=""' '[pd]' 'endpoints=[""]' '[rocksdb]' max-open-files=1024 '[raftdb]' max-open-files=1024
printf > pump.toml %s\n 'log-file="pump.log"' 'data-dir=""' 'addr=""' 'advertise-addr=""' 'pd-urls=""'
printf > tidb.toml %s\n 'store="tikv"' 'path=""' '[log.file]' 'filename="tidb.log"' '[binlog]' 'enable=true'
printf > drainer.toml %s\n 'log-file="drainer.log"' '[syncer]' 'db-type="mysql"' '[]' 'host=""' 'user="root"' 'password=""' 'port=3306'

This will allow you to see the contents of the config files:

for f in *.toml; do echo "$f:"; cat "$f"; echo; done

Expect this output:







Now we can start each component. This is best done in a specific order, first bringing up the PD (Placement Driver), then TiKV Server (the backend key/value store used by TiDB Platform), then Pump (because TiDB must connect to the Pump service to send the binary log), and finally TiDB Server (the frontend that speaks the MySQL protocol to your applications).

Start all the services:

./bin/pd-server --config=pd.toml &>pd.out &
./bin/tikv-server --config=tikv.toml &>tikv.out &
./bin/pump --config=pump.toml &>pump.out &
sleep 3
./bin/tidb-server --config=tidb.toml &>tidb.out &

Expect this output:

[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ ./bin/pd-server --config=pd.toml &>pd.out &
[1] 20935
[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ ./bin/tikv-server --config=tikv.toml &>tikv.out &
[2] 20944
[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ ./bin/pump --config=pump.toml &>pump.out &
[3] 21050
[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ sleep 3
[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ ./bin/tidb-server --config=tidb.toml &>tidb.out &
[4] 21058

And if you execute jobs, you should see the list of running daemons:

[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ jobs
[1]   Running                 ./bin/pd-server --config=pd.toml &>pd.out &
[2]   Running                 ./bin/tikv-server --config=tikv.toml &>tikv.out &
[3]-  Running                 ./bin/pump --config=pump.toml &>pump.out &
[4]+  Running                 ./bin/tidb-server --config=tidb.toml &>tidb.out &

If one of the services has failed to start (if you see “Exit 1” instead of “Running“, for example), try to restart that individual service.


You should have all 4 components of our TiDB Cluster running now, and you can now connect to the TiDB Server on port 4000 using the MariaDB/MySQL command-line client:

mysql -h -P 4000 -u root -e 'select tidb_version()G'

Expect this output:

[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ mysql -h -P 4000 -u root -e 'select tidb_version()G'
*************************** 1. row ***************************
tidb_version(): Release Version: v3.0.0-beta.1-154-gd5afff70c
Git Commit Hash: d5afff70cdd825d5fab125c8e52e686cc5fb9a6e
Git Branch: master
UTC Build Time: 2019-04-24 03:10:00
GoVersion: go version go1.12 linux/amd64
Race Enabled: false
TiKV Min Version: 2.1.0-alpha.1-ff3dd160846b7d1aed9079c389fc188f7f5ea13e
Check Table Before Drop: false

At this point we have a TiDB Cluster running, and we have pump reading binary logs from the cluster and storing them as relay logs in its data directory. The next step is to start a MariaDB server that drainer can write to, and to start drainer:

sudo systemctl start mariadb
./bin/drainer --config=drainer.toml &>drainer.out &

If you are using an operating system that makes it easier to install MySQL server, that’s also OK — just make sure it’s listening on port 3306 and that you can either connect to it as user “root” with an empty password, or adjust rainer.toml as necessary.

mysql -h -P 3306 -u root
show databases;

Expect this output:

[kolbe@localhost ~]$ mysql -h -P 3306 -u root
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 20
Server version: 5.5.60-MariaDB MariaDB Server

Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or 'h' for help. Type 'c' to clear the current input statement.

MariaDB [(none)]> show databases;
| Database           |
| information_schema |
| mysql              |
| performance_schema |
| test               |
| tidb_binlog        |
5 rows in set (0.01 sec)

Here we can already see the tidb_binlog database, which contains the checkpoint table used by drainer to record up to what point binary logs from the TiDB cluster have been applied.

MariaDB [tidb_binlog]> use tidb_binlog;
Database changed
MariaDB [tidb_binlog]> select * from checkpoint;
| clusterID           | checkPoint                                  |
| 6678715361817107733 | {"commitTS":407637466476445697,"ts-map":{}} |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Now, let’s open another client connection to the TiDB server, so that we can create a table and insert some rows into it. (It’s easiest to do this under GNU screen so you can keep multiple clients open at the same time.)

mysql -h -P 4000 --prompt='TiDB [d]> ' -u root
create database tidbtest;
use tidbtest;
create table t1 (id int unsigned not null auto_increment primary key);
insert into t1 () values (),(),(),(),();
select * from t1;

Expect this output:

TiDB [(none)]> create database tidbtest;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.12 sec)

TiDB [(none)]> use tidbtest;
Database changed
TiDB [tidbtest]> create table t1 (id int unsigned not null auto_increment primary key);
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.11 sec)

TiDB [tidbtest]> insert into t1 () values (),(),(),(),();
Query OK, 5 rows affected (0.01 sec)
Records: 5  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

TiDB [tidbtest]> select * from t1;
| id |
|  1 |
|  2 |
|  3 |
|  4 |
|  5 |
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Switching back to the MariaDB client, we should find the new database, new table, and the rows we’ve newly inserted:

use tidbtest;
show tables;
select * from t1;

Expect this output:

MariaDB [(none)]> use tidbtest;
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Database changed
MariaDB [tidbtest]> show tables;
| Tables_in_tidbtest |
| t1                 |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [tidbtest]> select * from t1;
| id |
|  1 |
|  2 |
|  3 |
|  4 |
|  5 |
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

You should see the same rows when querying the MariaDB server that you inserted into TiDB. Congratulations! You’ve just set up TiDB Binlog!


Information about Pumps and Drainers that have joined the cluster is stored in pd, and the binlogctl tool is used to query and manipulate information about their states. See binlogctl guide for more information.

You can use binlogctl to get a view of the current status of Pumps and Drainers in the cluster:

./bin/binlogctl -cmd drainers
./bin/binlogctl -cmd pumps

Expect this output:

[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ ./bin/binlogctl -cmd drainers
[2019/04/11 17:44:10.861 -04:00] [INFO] [nodes.go:47] ["query node"] [type=drainer] [node="{NodeID: localhost.localdomain:8249, Addr:, State: online, MaxCommitTS: 407638907719778305, UpdateTime: 2019-04-11 17:44:10 -0400 EDT}"]

[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ ./bin/binlogctl -cmd pumps
[2019/04/11 17:44:13.904 -04:00] [INFO] [nodes.go:47] ["query node"] [type=pump] [node="{NodeID: localhost.localdomain:8250, Addr:, State: online, MaxCommitTS: 407638914024079361, UpdateTime: 2019-04-11 17:44:13 -0400 EDT}"]

If I kill the Drainer, the cluster puts it in the “paused” state, which means that the cluster expects it to rejoin:

pkill drainer
./bin/binlogctl -cmd drainers

Expect this output:

[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ pkill drainer
[kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ ./bin/binlogctl -cmd drainers
[2019/04/11 17:44:22.640 -04:00] [INFO] [nodes.go:47] ["query node"] [type=drainer] [node="{NodeID: localhost.localdomain:8249, Addr:, State: paused, MaxCommitTS: 407638915597467649, UpdateTime: 2019-04-11 17:44:18 -0400 EDT}"]

You use “NodeIDs” with binlogctl to control individual nodes. In this case, the NodeID of the Drainer is “localhost.localdomain:8249” and the NodeID of the Pump is “localhost.localdomain:8250”.

The main use of binlogctl in this tutorial is likely to be in the event of a cluster restart. If you end all processes in the TiDB cluster and try to restart them (but not the downstream MySQL/MariaDB server or the Drainer), pump will believe that drainer is still “online” and will refuse to start, because it cannot contact drainer.

There are 3 solutions to that issue:

  1. Stop Drainer using binlogctl instead of killing the process:
    ./bin/binlogctl --pd-urls= --cmd=drainers
    ./bin/binlogctl --pd-urls= --cmd=offline-drainer --node-id=localhost.localdomain:8249
  2. Start Drainer before starting Pump.
  3. Use binlogctl after starting pd (but before starting Drainer or Pump) to update the state of the paused Drainer:
    ./bin/binlogctl --pd-urls= --cmd=update-drainer --node-id=localhost.localdomain:8249 --state=offline


To stop the TiDB cluster and TiDB Binlog processes, you can execute pkill -P $$ in the shell where you first started the various processes that form the cluster (pd-server, tikv-server, pump, tidb-server, drainer). To give them each time to shut down cleanly, it’s helpful to stop them in a particular order:

for p in tidb-server drainer pump tikv-server pd-server; do pkill "$p"; sleep 1; done

Expect this output:

kolbe@localhost tidb-latest-linux-amd64]$ for p in tidb-server drainer pump tikv-server pd-server; do pkill "$p"; sleep 1; done
[4]-  Done                    ./bin/tidb-server --config=tidb.toml &>tidb.out
[5]+  Done                    ./bin/drainer --config=drainer.toml &>drainer.out
[3]+  Done                    ./bin/pump --config=pump.toml &>pump.out
[2]+  Done                    ./bin/tikv-server --config=tikv.toml &>tikv.out
[1]+  Done                    ./bin/pd-server --config=pd.toml &>pd.out

If you wish to restart the cluster after all services exit, you can do so using the same commands you used originally to start the services. As discussed in the binlogctl section above, you’ll need to start drainer before pump can start, and pump must start before tidb-server can start.

./bin/pd-server --config=pd.toml &>pd.out &
./bin/tikv-server --config=tikv.toml &>tikv.out &
./bin/drainer --config=drainer.toml &>drainer.out &
sleep 3
./bin/pump --config=pump.toml &>pump.out &
sleep 3
./bin/tidb-server --config=tidb.toml &>tidb.out &

If any of the components fail to start, try again to start the unsuccessful component(s).


In this tutorial, we’ve set up TiDB Binlog to replicate from a TiDB cluster to a downstream MariaDB server. We did that using a single pump and a single drainer. As we’ve seen, TiDB Binlog is a comprehensive platform for capturing and processing changes to a TiDB cluster.

In a more robust development, testing, or production deployment, you’d have multiple TiDB servers for HA and scaling purposes, and you’d use multiple instances of pump to ensure that application traffic to TiDB server instances is unaffected by problems in the Pump cluster. You may also use additional drainer instances to push updates to different downstream platforms or to implement incremental backups.

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