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MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  InnoDB Tablespace Encryption InnoDB Tablespace Encryption

The InnoDB tablespace encryption feature provides at-rest data encryption for file-per-table tablespace data files.

About InnoDB Tablespace Encryption

Tablespace encryption uses a two tier encryption key architecture, consisting of a master encryption key and tablespace keys. When a tablespace is encrypted, a tablespace key is encrypted and stored in the tablespace header. When an application or authenticated user wants to access encrypted tablespace data, InnoDB uses a master encryption key to decrypt the tablespace key. The decrypted version of a tablespace key never changes, but the master encryption key can be changed as required. This action is referred to as master key rotation.

The tablespace encryption feature relies on a keyring plugin for master encryption key management.

All MySQL editions provide a keyring_file plugin, which stores keyring data in a file local to the server host.

MySQL Enterprise Edition offers additional keyring plugins:

  • The keyring_encrypted_file plugin, which stores keyring data in an encrypted file local to the server host.

  • The keyring_okv plugin, which includes a KMIP client (KMIP 1.1) that uses a KMIP-compatible product as a back end for keyring storage. Supported KMIP-compatible products include centralized key management solutions such as Oracle Key Vault, Gemalto KeySecure, Thales Vormetric key management server, and Fornetix Key Orchestration.

  • The keyring_aws plugin, which communicates with the Amazon Web Services Key Management Service (AWS KMS) as a back end for key generation and uses a local file for key storage.


The keyring_file and keyring_encrypted file plugins are not intended as regulatory compliance solutions. Security standards such as PCI, FIPS, and others require use of key management systems to secure, manage, and protect encryption keys in key vaults or hardware security modules (HSMs).

A secure and robust encryption key management solution is critical for security and for compliance with various security standards. When the tablespace encryption feature uses a centralized key management solution, the feature is referred to as MySQL Enterprise Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).

Tablespace encryption supports the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) block-based encryption algorithm. It uses Electronic Codebook (ECB) block encryption mode for tablespace key encryption and Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) block encryption mode for data encryption.

For frequently asked questions about the tablespace encryption feature, see Section A.16, “MySQL 5.7 FAQ: InnoDB Tablespace Encryption”.

InnoDB Tablespace Encryption Prerequisites
  • A keyring plugin must be installed and configured. Keyring plugin installation is performed at startup using the early-plugin-load option. Early loading ensures that the plugin is available prior to initialization of the InnoDB storage engine. For keyring plugin installation and configuration instructions, see Section 6.5.4, “The MySQL Keyring”.

    Only one keyring plugin can be enabled at a time. Enabling multiple keyring plugins is not supported.


    Once encrypted tablespaces are created in a MySQL instance, the keyring plugin that was loaded when creating the encrypted tablespace must continue to be loaded at startup using the early-plugin-load option. Failing to do so results in errors when starting the server and during InnoDB recovery.

    To verify that a keyring plugin is active, use the SHOW PLUGINS statement or query the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.PLUGINS table. For example:

           WHERE PLUGIN_NAME LIKE 'keyring%';
    | keyring_file | ACTIVE        |
  • Encryption is only supported for file-per-table tablespaces. To create a table in a file-per-table tablespace, ensure that innodb_file_per_table is enabled (the default) before executing a CREATE TABLE statement. Alternatively, use the TABLESPACE='innodb_file_per_table' clause in CREATE TABLE statements.

  • When encrypting production data, ensure that you take steps to prevent loss of the master encryption key. If the master encryption key is lost, data stored in encrypted tablespace files is unrecoverable. If you use the keyring_file or keyring_encrypted_file plugin, create a backup of the keyring data file immediately after creating the first encrypted tablespace, before master key rotation, and after master key rotation. The keyring_file_data configuration option defines the keyring data file location for the keyring_file plugin. The keyring_encrypted_file_data configuration option defines the keyring data file location for the keyring_encrypted_file plugin. If you use the keyring_okv or keyring_aws plugin, ensure that you have performed the necessary configuration. For instructions, see Section 6.5.4, “The MySQL Keyring”.

Enabling and Disabling File-Per-Table Tablespace Encryption

To enable encryption for a new file-per-table tablespace, specify the ENCRYPTION option in a CREATE TABLE statement.


To enable encryption for an existing file-per-table tablespace, specify the ENCRYPTION option in an ALTER TABLE statement.


To disable encryption for file-per-table tablespace, set ENCRYPTION='N' using ALTER TABLE.

InnoDB Tablespace Encryption and Master Key Rotation

The master encryption key should be rotated periodically and whenever you suspect that the key has been compromised.

Master key rotation is an atomic, instance-level operation. Each time the master encryption key is rotated, all tablespace keys in the MySQL instance are re-encrypted and saved back to their respective tablespace headers. As an atomic operation, re-encryption must succeed for all tablespace keys once a rotation operation is initiated. If master key rotation is interrupted by a server failure, InnoDB rolls the operation forward on server restart. For more information, see InnoDB Tablespace Encryption and Recovery.

Rotating the master encryption key only changes the master encryption key and re-encrypts tablespace keys. It does not decrypt or re-encrypt associated tablespace data.

Rotating the master encryption key requires the SUPER privilege.

To rotate the master encryption key, run:


ALTER INSTANCE ROTATE INNODB MASTER KEY supports concurrent DML. However, it cannot be run concurrently with tablespace encryption operations, and locks are taken to prevent conflicts that could arise from concurrent execution. If an ALTER INSTANCE ROTATE INNODB MASTER KEY operation is running, it must finish before a tablespace encryption operation can proceed, and vice versa.

InnoDB Tablespace Encryption and Recovery

If a server failure occurs during an encryption operation, the operation is rolled forward when the server is restarted.

If a server failure occurs during master key rotation, InnoDB continues the operation on server restart.

The keyring plugin must be loaded prior to storage engine initialization so that the information necessary to decrypt tablespace data pages can be retrieved from tablespace headers before InnoDB initialization and recovery activities access tablespace data. (See InnoDB Tablespace Encryption Prerequisites.)

When InnoDB initialization and recovery begin, the master key rotation operation resumes. Due to the server failure, some tablespace keys may already be encrypted using the new master encryption key. InnoDB reads the encryption data from each tablespace header, and if the data indicates that the tablespace key is encrypted using the old master encryption key, InnoDB retrieves the old key from the keyring and uses it to decrypt the tablepace key. InnoDB then re-encrypts the tablespace key using the new master encryption key and saves the re-encrypted tablespace key back to the tablespace header.

Exporting Encrypted Tablespaces

When an encrypted tablespace is exported, InnoDB generates a transfer key that is used to encrypt the tablespace key. The encrypted tablespace key and transfer key are stored in a tablespace_name.cfp file. This file together with the encrypted tablespace file is required to perform an import operation. On import, InnoDB uses the transfer key to decrypt the tablespace key in the tablespace_name.cfp file. For related information, see Section, “Copying Tablespaces to Another Instance”.

InnoDB Tablespace Encryption and Replication
Identifying Encrypted Tablespaces

When the ENCRYPTION option is specified in a CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE statement, it is recorded in the CREATE_OPTIONS column of INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES. This column can be queried to identify tables that reside in encrypted file-per-table tablespaces.

| test         | t1         | ENCRYPTION="Y" |

Query INFORMATION_SCHEMA.INNODB_SYS_TABLESPACES to retrieve information about the tablespace associated with a particular schema and table.

|     3 | test/t1 | Single     |
InnoDB Tablespace Encryption Usage Notes
  • Plan appropriately when altering an existing tablespace with the ENCRYPTION option. The table is rebuilt using the COPY algorithm. The INPLACE algorithm is not supported.

  • If the server exits or is stopped during normal operation, it is recommended to restart the server using the same encryption settings that were configured previously.

  • The first master encryption key is generated when the first new or existing tablespace is encrypted.

  • Master key rotation re-encrypts tablespaces keys but does not change the tablespace key itself. To change a tablespace key, you must disable and re-enable encryption, which is an ALGORITHM=COPY operation that rebuilds the table.

  • If a table is created with both the COMPRESSION and ENCRYPTION options, compression is performed before tablespace data is encrypted.

  • If a keyring data file (the file named by keyring_file_data or keyring_encrypted_file_data) is empty or missing, the first execution of ALTER INSTANCE ROTATE INNODB MASTER KEY creates a master encryption key.

  • Uninstalling the keyring_file or keyring_encrypted_file plugin does not remove an existing keyring data file.

  • It is recommended that you not place a keyring data file under the same directory as tablespace data files.

  • Modifying the keyring_file_data or keyring_encrypted_file_data setting at runtime or when restarting the server can cause previously encrypted tablespaces to become inaccessible, resulting in lost data.

InnoDB Tablespace Encryption Limitations
  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is the only supported encryption algorithm. InnoDB tablespace encryption uses Electronic Codebook (ECB) block encryption mode for tablespace key encryption and Cipher Block Chaining (CBC) block encryption mode for data encryption.

  • Altering the ENCRYPTION attribute of a table is performed using the COPY algorithm. The INPLACE algorithm is not supported.

  • Encryption is only supported for a file-per-table tablespaces. Encryption is not supported for other tablespace types including general tablespaces and the system tablespace.

  • You cannot move or copy a table from an encrypted file-per-table tablespace to a tablespace type that does not support encryption.

  • Tablespace encryption only applies to data in the tablespace. Data is not encrypted in the redo log, undo log, or binary log.

  • It is not permitted to change the storage engine of a table that resides or previously resided in an encrypted tablespace.