int mysql_options(MYSQL *mysql, enum mysql_option option, const void *arg)


Can be used to set extra connect options and affect behavior for a connection. This function may be called multiple times to set several options.

Call mysql_options() after mysql_init() and before mysql_connect() or mysql_real_connect().

The option argument is the option that you want to set; the arg argument is the value for the option. If the option is an integer, specify a pointer to the value of the integer as the arg argument.

The following list describes the possible options, their effect, and how arg is used for each option. Several of the options apply only when the application is linked against the libmysqld embedded server library and are unused for applications linked against the libmysqlclient client library. For option descriptions that indicate arg is unused, its value is irrelevant; it is conventional to pass 0.

The client group is always read if you use MYSQL_READ_DEFAULT_FILE or MYSQL_READ_DEFAULT_GROUP.

The specified group in the option file may contain the following options.

character-sets-dir=dir_nameThe directory where character sets are installed.
compressUse the compressed client/server protocol.
connect-timeout=secondsThe connect timeout in seconds. On Linux this timeout is also used for waiting for the first answer from the server.
database=db_nameConnect to this database if no database was specified in the connect command.
debugDebug options.
default-character-set=charset_nameThe default character set to use.
disable-local-infileDisable use of LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE.
host=host_nameDefault host name.
init-command=stmtStatement to execute when connecting to MySQL server. Automatically re-executed if reconnection occurs.
interactive-timeout=secondsSame as specifying CLIENT_INTERACTIVE to mysql_real_connect(). See Section, “mysql_real_connect()”.
local-infile[={0|1}]If no argument or nonzero argument, enable use of LOAD DATA LOCAL; otherwise disable.
max_allowed_packet=bytesMaximum size of packet that client can read from server.
multi-queries, multi-resultsEnable multiple result sets from multiple-statement executions or stored procedures.
multi-statementsEnable the client to send multiple statements in a single string (separated by ; characters).
password=passwordDefault password.
pipeUse named pipes to connect to a MySQL server on Windows.
port=port_numDefault port number.
protocol={TCP|SOCKET|PIPE|MEMORY}The protocol to use when connecting to the server.
return-found-rowsTell mysql_info() to return found rows instead of updated rows when using UPDATE.
shared-memory-base-name=nameShared-memory name to use to connect to server.
socket={file_name|pipe_name}Default socket file.
ssl-ca=file_nameCertificate Authority file.
ssl-capath=dir_nameCertificate Authority directory.
ssl-cert=file_nameCertificate file.
ssl-cipher=cipher_listPermissible SSL ciphers.
ssl-key=file_nameKey file.
timeout=secondsLike connect-timeout.
userDefault user.

timeout has been replaced by connect-timeout, but timeout is still supported for backward compatibility.

For more information about option files used by MySQL programs, see Section 4.2.6, “Using Option Files”.

Before MySQL 5.1.18, the arg argument was declared as char *.

Return Values

Zero for success. Nonzero if you specify an unknown option.


The following mysql_options() calls request the use of compression in the client/server protocol, cause options to be read from the [odbc] group of option files, and disable transaction autocommit mode:

MYSQL mysql;

mysql_options(&mysql,MYSQL_INIT_COMMAND,"SET autocommit=0");
if (!mysql_real_connect(&mysql,"host","user","passwd","database",0,NULL,0))
    fprintf(stderr, "Failed to connect to database: Error: %s\n",

This code requests that the client use the compressed client/server protocol and read the additional options from the odbc section in the my.cnf file.