Basic Filters

Maxwell can be configured to filter out updates from specific tables. This is controlled by the --filter command line flag.

Example 1

--filter = 'exclude: foodb.*, include: foodb.tbl, include: foodb./table_\d+/'

This example tells Maxwell to suppress all updates that happen on foodb, except for updates to tbl and any table in foodb matching the regexp /table_\d+/.

Example 2

Filter options are evaluated in the order specified, so in this example we suppress everything except updates in the db1 database.

--filter = 'exclude: *.*, include: db1.*'

Column Filters

Maxwell can also include/exclude based on column values:

--filter = 'exclude: db.tbl.col = reject'

will reject any row in db.tbl that contains col and where the stringified value of "col" is "reject".

Missing Columns

Column filters are ignored if the specified column is not present, so:

--filter = 'exclude: *.*.col_a = *'

will exclude updates to any table that contains col_a, but include every other table.


In rare cases, you may wish to tell Maxwell to completely ignore a database or table, including schema changes. In general, don't use this. If you must use this:

--filter = 'blacklist: bad_db.*'

Note that once Maxwell has been running with a table or database marked as blacklisted, you must continue to run Maxwell with that table or database blacklisted or else Maxwell will halt. If you want to stop blacklisting a table or database, you will have to drop the maxwell schema first.

Javascript Filters

If you need more flexibility than the native filters provide, you can write a small chunk of javascript for Maxwell to pass each row through with --javascript FILE. This file should contain at least a javascript function named process_row. This function will be passed a WrappedRowMap object and is free to make filtering and data munging decisions:

function process_row(row) {
    if ( row.database == "test" && row.table == "bar" ) {
        var username ="username");
        if ( username == "osheroff" )
            row.suppress();"username", username.toUpperCase());

There's a longer example here: