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Docker image for Percona Server (from Percona)
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What is Percona Server?

Percona Server is an enhanced drop-in replacement for MySQL. With Percona Server, Your queries will run faster and more consistently. You will consolidate servers on powerful hardware. You will delay sharding, or avoid it entirely.

For more information and related downloads for Percona Server and other Percona products, please visit

Percona Server Docker Images

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These are Percona Server Docker images, created and maintained by the Percona team. The image has the Percona Fractal Tree based storage engine TokuDB enabled. The available versions are:

  • Percona Server 5.6 (tag: 5.6),
  • Percona Server 5.7 (tag: 5.7 or latest)

You can see available versions in the full list of tags.

Images are updated when new releases are published.

How to Use the Images

Start a Percona Server Instance

Start a Percona Server container as follows:

docker run --name container-name -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=secret -d percona/percona-server:tag

Where container-name is the name you want to assign to your container, secret is the password to be set for the root user and tag is the tag specifying the version you want. You can see available versions in the full list of tags.

Connect to Percona Server from an Application in Another Docker Container

This image exposes the standard MySQL port (3306), so container linking makes the instance available to other containers. Start other containers like this in order to link it to the Percona Server container:

docker run --name app-container-name --link container-name -d app-that-uses-mysql

Connect to Percona Server from the MySQL Command Line Client

The following command starts another container instance and runs the mysql command line client against your original container, allowing you to execute SQL statements against your database:

docker run -it --link container-name --rm percona/percona-server:tag mysql -h container-name -P 3306 -uroot -psecret'

where container-name is the name of your database container.

Environment Variables

When you start a Percona Server container, you can adjust the configuration of the instance by passing one or more environment variables on the docker run command line. Do note that none of the variables below will have any effect if you start the container with a data directory that already contains a database: any pre-existing database will always be left untouched on container startup.

Most of the variables listed below are optional, but one of the variables MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD, MYSQL_ALLOW_EMPTY_PASSWORD, MYSQL_RANDOM_ROOT_PASSWORD must be given.


This variable specifies a password that will be set for the root superuser account. In the above example, it was set to secret. NOTE: Setting the MySQL root user password on the command line is insecure.


When this variable is set to yes, a random password for the server's root user will be generated. The password will be printed to stdout in the container, and it can be obtained by using the command docker logs container-name.


This variable is optional. When set to yes, the root user's password will be set as expired, and must be changed before we can login normally. This is only supported by version 5.6 or newer.


This variable is optional. It allows you to specify the name of a database to be created on image startup. If a user/password was supplied (see below) then that user will be granted superuser access (corresponding to GRANT ALL) to this database.


These variables are optional, used in conjunction to create a new user and set that user's password. This user will be granted superuser permissions (see above) for the database specified by the MYSQL_DATABASE variable. Both variables are required for a user to be created.

Do note that there is no need to use this mechanism to create the root superuser, that user gets created by default with the password set by either of the mechanisms (given or generated) discussed above.


Set to yes to allow the container to be started with a blank password for the root user. NOTE: Setting this variable to yes is not recommended unless you really know what you are doing, since this will leave your instance completely unprotected, allowing anyone to gain complete superuser access.

Notes, Tips, Gotchas

Secure Container Startup

In many use cases, employing the MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD variable to specify the MySQL root user password on initial container startup is insecure. Instead, to keep your setup as secure as possible, we strongly recommend using the MYSQL_RANDOM_ROOT_PASSWORD option. To further secure your instance, we also recommend using the MYSQL_ONETIME_PASSWORD variable if you use version 5.6 or higher.

Where to Store Data

There are many two ways to store data used by applications that run in Docker containers. We maintain our usual stance and encourage users to investigate the options and use the method that best suits their use case. Here are some of the options available:

  • Let Docker manage the storage of your database data by writing the database files to disk on the host system using its own internal volume management. The current solutions, devicemapper, aufs and overlayfs have negative performance records.
  • Create a data directory on the host system (outside the container on high performance storage) and mount this to a directory visible from inside the container. This places the database files in a known location on the host system, and makes it easy for tools and applications on the host system to access the files. The user needs to make sure that the directory exists, and that permissions and other security mechanisms on the host system are set up correctly.

The Docker documentation is a good starting point for understanding the different storage options and variations, and there are multiple blog and forum postings that discuss and give advice in this area. We will simply show the basic procedure here for the latter option above:

  1. Create a data directory on a suitable volume on your host system, e.g. /local/datadir.
  2. Start your container like this:
    docker run --name container-name -v /local/datadir:/var/lib/mysql -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=secret -d percona/percona-server:tag

The -v /local/datadir:/var/lib/mysql part of the command mounts the /local/datadir directory from the underlying host system as /var/lib/mysql inside the container, where MySQL by default will write its data files.

Note that users on systems with SELinux enabled may experience problems with this. The current workaround is to assign the relevant SELinux policy type to the new data directory so that the container will be allowed to access it:

chcon -Rt svirt_sandbox_file_t /local/datadir

Existing Data

If you start your MySQL container instance with a data directory that already contains a data (specifically, a mysql subdirectory where all our system tables live), the $MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD variable should be omitted from the docker run command.

Port forwarding

Docker allows mapping of ports on the container to ports on the host system by using the -p option. If you start the container as follows, you can connect to the database by connecting your client to a port on the host machine. This can greatly simplfy consolidating many instances to a single host. In this example port 6603, the we use the address of the Docker host to connect to the TCP port the Docker deamon is forwarding from:

docker run --name container-name `-p 6603:3306` -d percona/percona-server
mysql -h docker_host_ip -P 6603

Passing options to the server

You can pass arbitrary command line options to the MySQL server by appending them to the run command:

docker run --name my-container-name -d percona/percona-server --option1=value --option2=value

In this case, the values of option1 and option2 will be passed directly to the server when it is started. The following command will for instance start your container with UTF-8 as the default setting for character set and collation for all databases in MySQL:

docker run --name container-name -d  percona/percona-server --character-set-server=utf8 --collation-server=utf8_general_ci

Using a Custom MySQL Config File

The MySQL startup configuration in these Docker images is specified in the file /var/lib/mysql/my.cnf. If you want to customize this configuration for your own purposes, you can make changes to this file.

Supported Docker Versions

These images are officially supported by the MySQL team on Docker version 1.9. Support for older versions (down to 1.0) is provided on a best-effort basis, but we strongly recommend running on the most recent version, since that is assumed for parts of the documentation above.

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