MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual Including MySQL NDB Cluster 8.0

4.2.3 Command Options for Connecting to the Server

This section describes options supported by most MySQL client programs that control how client programs establish connections to the server, whether connections are encrypted, and whether connections are compressed. These options can be given on the command line or in an option file.

Command Options for Connection Establishment

This section describes options that control how client programs establish connections to the server. For additional information and examples showing how to use them, see Section 4.2.4, “Connecting to the MySQL Server Using Command Options”.

Table 4.3 Connection-Establishment Option Summary

Option Name Description
--default-auth Authentication plugin to use
--host Host on which MySQL server is located
--password Password to use when connecting to server
--pipe Connect to server using named pipe (Windows only)
--plugin-dir Directory where plugins are installed
--port TCP/IP port number for connection
--protocol Transport protocol to use
--shared-memory-base-name Shared-memory name for shared-memory connections (Windows only)
--socket Unix socket file or Windows named pipe to use
--user MySQL user name to use when connecting to server

  • --default-auth=plugin

    A hint about which client-side authentication plugin to use. See Section 6.2.17, “Pluggable Authentication”.

  • --host=host_name, -h host_name

    The host on which the MySQL server is running. The value can be a host name, IPv4 address, or IPv6 address. The default value is localhost.

  • --password[=pass_val], -p[pass_val]

    The password of the MySQL account used for connecting to the server. The password value is optional. If not given, the program prompts for one. If given, there must be no space between --password= or -p and the password following it. If no password option is specified, the default is to send no password.

    Specifying a password on the command line should be considered insecure. To avoid giving the password on the command line, use an option file. See Section 6.1.2.1, “End-User Guidelines for Password Security”.

    To explicitly specify that there is no password and that the client program should not prompt for one, use the --skip-password option.

  • --pipe, -W

    On Windows, connect to the server using a named pipe. This option applies only if the server was started with the named_pipe system variable enabled to support named-pipe connections. In addition, the user making the connection must be a member of the Windows group specified by the named_pipe_full_access_group system variable.

  • --plugin-dir=dir_name

    The directory in which to look for plugins. Specify this option if the --default-auth option is used to specify an authentication plugin but the client program does not find it. See Section 6.2.17, “Pluggable Authentication”.

  • --port=port_num, -P port_num

    For TCP/IP connections, the port number to use. The default port number is 3306.

  • --protocol={TCP|SOCKET|PIPE|MEMORY}

    This option explicitly specifies which transport protocol to use for connecting to the server. It is useful when other connection parameters normally result in use of a protocol other than the one you want. For example, connections on Unix to localhost are made using a Unix socket file by default:

    mysql --host=localhost
    

    To force TCP/IP transport to be used instead, specify a --protocol option:

    mysql --host=localhost --protocol=TCP
    

    The following table shows the permissible --protocol option values and indicates the applicable platforms for each value. The values are not case-sensitive.

    --protocol Value Transport Protocol Used Applicable Platforms
    TCP TCP/IP transport to local or remote server All
    SOCKET Unix socket-file transport to local server Unix and Unix-like systems
    PIPE Named-pipe transport to local server Windows
    MEMORY Shared-memory transport to local server Windows

    See also Section 4.2.7, “Connection Transport Protocols”

  • --shared-memory-base-name=name

    On Windows, the shared-memory name to use for connections made using shared memory to a local server. The default value is MYSQL. The shared-memory name is case-sensitive.

    This option applies only if the server was started with the shared_memory system variable enabled to support shared-memory connections.

  • --socket=path, -S path

    On Unix, the name of the Unix socket file to use for connections made using a named pipe to a local server. The default Unix socket file name is /tmp/mysql.sock.

    On Windows, the name of the named pipe to use for connections to a local server. The default Windows pipe name is MySQL. The pipe name is not case-sensitive.

    On Windows, this option applies only if the server was started with the named_pipe system variable enabled to support named-pipe connections. In addition, the user making the connection must be a member of the Windows group specified by the named_pipe_full_access_group system variable.

  • --user=user_name, -u user_name

    The user name of the MySQL account to use for connecting to the server. The default user name is ODBC on Windows or your Unix login name on Unix.

Command Options for Encrypted Connections

This section describes options for client programs that specify whether to use encrypted connections to the server, the names of certificate and key files, and other parameters related to encrypted-connection support. For examples of suggested use and how to check whether a connection is encrypted, see Section 6.3.1, “Configuring MySQL to Use Encrypted Connections”.

Note

These options have an effect only for connections that use a transport protocol subject to encryption; that is, TCP/IP and Unix socket-file connections. See Section 4.2.7, “Connection Transport Protocols”

For information about using encrypted connections from the MySQL C API, see Section 28.7.21, “C API Support for Encrypted Connections”.

Table 4.4 Connection-Encryption Option Summary

Option Name Description Introduced
--get-server-public-key Request RSA public key from server
--server-public-key-path Path name to file containing RSA public key
--ssl-ca File that contains list of trusted SSL Certificate Authorities
--ssl-capath Directory that contains trusted SSL Certificate Authority certificate files
--ssl-cert File that contains X.509 certificate
--ssl-cipher Permissible ciphers for connection encryption
--ssl-crl File that contains certificate revocation lists
--ssl-crlpath Directory that contains certificate revocation-list files
--ssl-fips-mode Whether to enable FIPS mode on client side
--ssl-key File that contains X.509 key
--ssl-mode Desired security state of connection to server
--tls-ciphersuites Permissible TLSv1.3 ciphersuites for encrypted connections 8.0.16
--tls-version Permissible TLS protocols for encrypted connections

  • --get-server-public-key

    Request from the server the public key required for RSA key pair-based password exchange. This option applies to clients that authenticate with the caching_sha2_password authentication plugin. For that plugin, the server does not send the public key unless requested. This option is ignored for accounts that do not authenticate with that plugin. It is also ignored if RSA-based password exchange is not used, as is the case when the client connects to the server using a secure connection.

    If --server-public-key-path=file_name is given and specifies a valid public key file, it takes precedence over --get-server-public-key.

    For information about the caching_sha2_password plugin, see Section 6.4.1.2, “Caching SHA-2 Pluggable Authentication”.

  • --server-public-key-path=file_name

    The path name to a file in PEM format containing a client-side copy of the public key required by the server for RSA key pair-based password exchange. This option applies to clients that authenticate with the sha256_password or caching_sha2_password authentication plugin. This option is ignored for accounts that do not authenticate with one of those plugins. It is also ignored if RSA-based password exchange is not used, as is the case when the client connects to the server using a secure connection.

    If --server-public-key-path=file_name is given and specifies a valid public key file, it takes precedence over --get-server-public-key.

    This option is available only if MySQL was built using OpenSSL.

    For information about the sha256_password and caching_sha2_password plugins, see Section 6.4.1.3, “SHA-256 Pluggable Authentication”, and Section 6.4.1.2, “Caching SHA-2 Pluggable Authentication”.

  • --ssl-ca=file_name

    The path name of the Certificate Authority (CA) certificate file in PEM format. The file contains a list of trusted SSL Certificate Authorities.

    To tell the client not to authenticate the server certificate when establishing an encrypted connection to the server, specify neither --ssl-ca nor --ssl-capath. The server still verifies the client according to any applicable requirements established for the client account, and it still uses any ssl_ca or ssl_capath system variable values specified on the server side.

    To specify the CA file for the server, set the ssl_ca system variable.

  • --ssl-capath=dir_name

    The path name of the directory that contains trusted SSL certificate authority (CA) certificate files in PEM format.

    To tell the client not to authenticate the server certificate when establishing an encrypted connection to the server, specify neither --ssl-ca nor --ssl-capath. The server still verifies the client according to any applicable requirements established for the client account, and it still uses any ssl_ca or ssl_capath system variable values specified on the server side.

    To specify the CA directory for the server, set the ssl_capath system variable.

  • --ssl-cert=file_name

    The path name of the client SSL public key certificate file in PEM format.

    To specify the server SSL public key certificate file, set the ssl_cert system variable.

  • --ssl-cipher=cipher_list

    The list of permissible encryption ciphers for connections that use TLS protocols up through TLSv1.2. If no cipher in the list is supported, encrypted connections that use these TLS protocols will not work.

    For greatest portability, cipher_list should be a list of one or more cipher names, separated by colons. Examples:

    --ssl-cipher=AES128-SHA
    --ssl-cipher=DHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:AES128-SHA
    

    OpenSSL supports the syntax for specifying ciphers described in the OpenSSL documentation at https://www.openssl.org/docs/manmaster/man1/ciphers.html.

    For information about which encryption ciphers MySQL supports, see Section 6.3.2, “Encrypted Connection TLS Protocols and Ciphers”.

    To specify the encryption ciphers for the server, set the ssl_cipher system variable.

  • --ssl-crl=file_name

    The path name of the file containing certificate revocation lists in PEM format.

    If neither --ssl-crl nor --ssl-crlpath is given, no CRL checks are performed, even if the CA path contains certificate revocation lists.

    To specify the revocation-list file for the server, set the ssl_crl system variable.

  • --ssl-crlpath=dir_name

    The path name of the directory that contains certificate revocation-list files in PEM format.

    If neither --ssl-crl nor --ssl-crlpath is given, no CRL checks are performed, even if the CA path contains certificate revocation lists.

    To specify the revocation-list directory for the server, set the ssl_crlpath system variable.

  • --ssl-fips-mode={OFF|ON|STRICT}

    Controls whether to enable FIPS mode on the client side. The --ssl-fips-mode option differs from other --ssl-xxx options in that it is not used to establish encrypted connections, but rather to affect which cryptographic operations to permit. See Section 6.6, “FIPS Support”.

    These --ssl-fips-mode values are permissible:

    • OFF: Disable FIPS mode.

    • ON: Enable FIPS mode.

    • STRICT: Enable strict FIPS mode.

    Note

    If the OpenSSL FIPS Object Module is not available, the only permissible value for --ssl-fips-mode is OFF. In this case, setting --ssl-fips-mode to ON or STRICT causes the client to produce a warning at startup and to operate in non-FIPS mode.

    To specify the FIPS mode for the server, set the ssl_fips_mode system variable.

  • --ssl-key=file_name

    The path name of the client SSL private key file in PEM format. For better security, use a certificate with an RSA key size of at least 2048 bits.

    If the key file is protected by a passphrase, the client program prompts the user for the passphrase. The password must be given interactively; it cannot be stored in a file. If the passphrase is incorrect, the program continues as if it could not read the key.

    To specify the server SSL private key file, set the ssl_key system variable.

  • --ssl-mode=mode

    This option specifies the desired security state of the connection to the server. These mode values are permissible, in order of increasing strictness:

    • DISABLED: Establish an unencrypted connection.

    • PREFERRED: Establish an encrypted connection if the server supports encrypted connections, falling back to an unencrypted connection if an encrypted connection cannot be established. This is the default if --ssl-mode is not specified.

      Connections over Unix socket files are not encrypted with a mode of PREFERRED. To enforce encryption for Unix socket-file connections, use a mode of REQUIRED or stricter. (However, socket-file transport is secure by default, so encrypting a socket-file connection makes it no more secure and increases CPU load.)

    • REQUIRED: Establish an encrypted connection if the server supports encrypted connections. The connection attempt fails if an encrypted connection cannot be established.

    • VERIFY_CA: Like REQUIRED, but additionally verify the server Certificate Authority (CA) certificate against the configured CA certificates. The connection attempt fails if no valid matching CA certificates are found.

    • VERIFY_IDENTITY: Like VERIFY_CA, but additionally perform host name identity verification by checking the host name the client uses for connecting to the server against the identity in the certificate that the server sends to the client:

      • As of MySQL 8.0.12, if the client uses OpenSSL 1.0.2 or higher, the client checks whether the host name that it uses for connecting matches either the Subject Alternative Name value or the Common Name value in the server certificate.

      • Otherwise, the client checks whether the host name that it uses for connecting matches the Common Name value in the server certificate.

      The connection fails if there is a mismatch. For encrypted connections, this option helps prevent man-in-the-middle attacks.

      Note

      Host name identity verification with VERIFY_IDENTITY does not work with self-signed certificates that are created automatically by the server or manually using mysql_ssl_rsa_setup (see Section 6.3.3.1, “Creating SSL and RSA Certificates and Keys using MySQL”). Such self-signed certificates do not contain the server name as the Common Name value.

      Host name identity verification also does not work with certificates that specify the Common Name using wildcards because that name is compared verbatim to the server name.

    The --ssl-mode option interacts with CA certificate options as follows:

    To require use of encrypted connections by a MySQL account, use CREATE USER to create the account with a REQUIRE SSL clause, or use ALTER USER for an existing account to add a REQUIRE SSL clause. This causes connection attempts by clients that use the account to be rejected unless MySQL supports encrypted connections and an encrypted connection can be established.

    The REQUIRE clause permits other encryption-related options, which can be used to enforce security requirements stricter than REQUIRE SSL. For additional details about which command options may or must be specified by clients that connect using accounts configured using the various REQUIRE options, see CREATE USER SSL/TLS Options.

  • --tls-ciphersuites=ciphersuite_list

    This option specifies which ciphersuites the client permits for encrypted connections that use TLSv1.3. The value is a list of zero or more colon-separated ciphersuite names. For example:

    mysql --tls-ciphersuites="suite1:suite2:suite3"
    

    The ciphersuites that can be named for this option depend on the SSL library used to compile MySQL. If this option is not set, the client permits the default set of ciphersuites. If the option is set to the empty string, no ciphersuites are enabled and encrypted connections cannot be established. For more information, see Section 6.3.2, “Encrypted Connection TLS Protocols and Ciphers”.

    This option was added in MySQL 8.0.16.

    To specify which ciphersuites the server permits, set the tls_ciphersuites system variable.

  • --tls-version=protocol_list

    This option specifies the TLS protocols the client permits for encrypted connections. The value is a list of one or more comma-separated protocol versions. For example:

    mysql --tls-version="TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2"
    

    The protocols that can be named for this option depend on the SSL library used to compile MySQL. Permitted protocols should be chosen such as not to leave holes in the list. For example, these values do not have holes:

    --tls-version="TLSv1,TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2,TLSv1.3"
    --tls-version="TLSv1.1,TLSv1.2,TLSv1.3"
    --tls-version="TLSv1.2,TLSv1.3"
    --tls-version="TLSv1.3"
    

    These values do have holes and should not be used:

    --tls-version="TLSv1,TLSv1.2"
    --tls-version="TLSv1.1,TLSv1.3"
    

    For details, see Section 6.3.2, “Encrypted Connection TLS Protocols and Ciphers”.

    To specify which TLS protocols the server permits, set the tls_version system variable.

Command Options for Connection Compression

This section describes options that enable client programs to control use of compression for connections to the server. For additional information and examples showing how to use them, see Section 4.2.8, “Connection Compression Control”.

Table 4.5 Connection-Compression Option Summary

Option Name Description Introduced Deprecated
--compress Compress all information sent between client and server 8.0.18
--compression-algorithms Permitted compression algorithms for connections to server 8.0.18
--zstd-compression-level Compression level for connections to server that use zstd compression 8.0.18

  • --compress, -C

    Compress all information sent between the client and the server if possible.

    As of MySQL 8.0.18, this option is deprecated. It will be removed in a future MySQL version. See Legacy Connection Compression Configuration.

  • --compression-algorithms=value

    The permitted compression algorithms for connections to the server. The available algorithms are the same as for the protocol_compression_algorithms system variable. The default value is uncompressed.

    This option was added in MySQL 8.0.18.

  • --zstd-compression-level=level

    The compression level to use for connections to the server that use the zstd compression algorithm. The permitted levels are from 1 to 22, with larger values indicating increasing levels of compression. The default zstd compression level is 3. The compression level setting has no effect on connections that do not use zstd compression.

    This option was added in MySQL 8.0.18.