As of MySQL 5.1, MySQL Server uses a pluggable storage engine architecture that enables storage engines to be loaded into and unloaded from a running MySQL server.
Prior to MySQL 5.1.38, the pluggable storage engine architecture is supported on Unix platforms only and pluggable storage engines are not supported on Windows.
Plugging in a Storage Engine
Before a storage engine can be used, the storage engine plugin
shared library must be loaded into MySQL using the
INSTALL PLUGIN statement. For
example, if the
EXAMPLE engine plugin is
example and the shared library is named
ha_example.so, you load it with the
mysql> INSTALL PLUGIN example SONAME 'ha_example.so';
To install a pluggable storage engine, the plugin file must be
located in the MySQL plugin directory, and the user issuing the
INSTALL PLUGIN statement must
INSERT privilege for the
The shared library must be located in the MySQL server plugin
directory, the location of which is given by the
plugin_dir system variable.
Unplugging a Storage Engine
To unplug a storage engine, use the
UNINSTALL PLUGIN statement:
mysql> UNINSTALL PLUGIN example;
If you unplug a storage engine that is needed by existing tables, those tables become inaccessible, but will still be present on disk (where applicable). Ensure that there are no tables using a storage engine before you unplug the storage engine.