Using the maxwell-bootstrap utility

You can use the maxwell-bootstrap utility to bootstrap tables from the command-line.

option description
--log_level LOG_LEVEL log level (DEBUG, INFO, WARN or ERROR)
--user USER mysql username
--password PASSWORD mysql password
--host HOST mysql host
--port PORT mysql port
--database DATABASE mysql database containing the table to bootstrap
--table TABLE mysql table to bootstrap
--where WHERE_CLAUSE where clause to restrict the rows bootstrapped from the specified table

Using the maxwell.bootstrap table

Alternatively you can insert a row in the maxwell.bootstrap table to trigger a bootstrap.

mysql> insert into maxwell.bootstrap (database_name, table_name) values ('fooDB', 'barTable');

Optionally, you can include a where clause to replay part of the data.

bin/maxwell-bootstrap --config --database foobar --table test --log_level info


bin/maxwell-bootstrap --config --database foobar --table test --where "my_date >= '2017-01-07 00:00:00'" --log_level info

Async vs Sync bootstrapping

The Maxwell replicator is single threaded; events are captured by one thread from the binlog and replicated to Kafka one message at a time. When running Maxwell with --bootstrapper=sync, the same thread is used to do bootstrapping, meaning that all binlog events are blocked until bootstrapping is complete. Running Maxwell with --bootstrapper=async however, will make Maxwell spawn a separate thread for bootstrapping. In this async mode, non-bootstrapped tables are replicated as normal by the main thread, while the binlog events for bootstrapped tables are queued and sent to the replication stream at the end of the bootstrap process.

Bootstrapping Data Format

Here's a complete example:

mysql> create table fooDB.barTable(txt varchar(255));
mysql> insert into fooDB.barTable (txt) values ("hello"), ("bootstrap!");
mysql> insert into maxwell.bootstrap (database_name, table_name) values ("fooDB", "barTable");

Corresponding replication stream output of table fooDB.barTable:


Failure Scenarios

If Maxwell crashes during bootstrapping the next time it runs it will rerun the bootstrap in its entirety - regardless of previous progress. If this behavior is not desired, manual updates to the bootstrap table are required. Specifically, marking the unfinished bootstrap row as 'complete' (is_complete = 1) or deleting the row.