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5.1.4 Table-Level Recovery (TLR)

For MySQL Enterprise Backup 8.0.20 and later: Table-Level Recovery (TLR) allows selected tables (or schemas) to be restored from a backup (be it a full backup, a partial backup, or a backup created using transportable tablespaces (TTS)) using the --include-tables and --exclude-tables options. The feature is also known as partial restore in this manual. Here are some general requirements for performing a TLR or partial restore:

  • The destination server must be running.

  • The required parameters for connecting to the server (port number, socket name, etc.) are provided as command-line options for mysqlbackup, or are specified in the [client] section of a defaults file.

  • The destination server must be using the same page size that was used on the server on which the backup was made.

  • The innodb_file_per_table option must be enabled on the destination server.

  • For non-TTS backups: The tables being restored must already exist on the destination server, in the same table definition.

  • For TTS backups: The tables being restored must not already exist on the destination server.

  • While it is not necessary to specify the --datadir option when partially restoring a backup, if the option is specified, its value must match that of the target server, or the restore operation will fail (when restoring a TTS backup with release 8.0.16 or earlier, the --datadir option is required).

Here are some limitations for a TLR or partial restore:

  • Individual partitions cannot be selectively restored. Tables selected by the --include-tables and --exclude-tables options are always restored in full.

  • Partial restores cannot be performed with incremental backups.

  • Binary, relay, and undo logs are not restored.

  • For non-TTS backups only, these additional limitations apply:

    • After partial restores, tables could contain changes from uncommitted transactions.

    • The auto-increment values of the restored tables for a partial restore might not be the same as they were at the end of the backup process.

    • Encrypted InnoDB tables cannot be included in a partial restore.

The following command restores the table cats in the pets schema from the backup:

Example 5.7 Restoring A Selected Table from an Image Backup

mysqlbackup --socket=/tmp/restoreserver.sock --include-tables="^pets\.cats" --backup-dir=/dba/backuptmp \
 --backup-image=/dba/my.mbi copy-back-and-apply-log

The following command restores all tables in the sales database from the backup, but excludes the table with the name hardware :

Example 5.8 Restoring Selected Tables in a Schema from an Image Backup

mysqlbackup --socket=/tmp/restoreserver.sock --include-tables="^sales\." \
  --exclude-tables="^sales\.hardware$" --backup-dir=/dba/backuptmp --backup-image=/dba/my.mbi \

Also see Section 5.1.5, “Restoring Backups Created with the --use-tts Option” for additional information on partial restores using TTS backups.


For MySQL Enterprise Backup 8.0.19 and before, partial restore is only supported for TTS backups.