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21.1 General Information

MySQL NDB Cluster uses the MySQL server with the NDB storage engine. Support for the NDB storage engine is not included in standard MySQL Server 5.7 binaries built by Oracle. Instead, users of NDB Cluster binaries from Oracle should upgrade to the most recent binary release of NDB Cluster for supported platforms—these include RPMs that should work with most Linux distributions. NDB Cluster users who build from source should use the sources provided for NDB Cluster. (Locations where the sources can be obtained are listed later in this section.)


MySQL NDB Cluster does not support InnoDB Cluster, which must be deployed using MySQL Server 5.7 with the InnoDB storage engine as well as additional applications that are not included in the NDB Cluster distribution. MySQL Server 5.7 binaries cannot be used with MySQL NDB Cluster. For more information about deploying and using InnoDB Cluster, see MySQL AdminAPI. Section 21.2.6, “MySQL Server Using InnoDB Compared with NDB Cluster”, discusses differences between the NDB and InnoDB storage engines.

Supported Platforms.  NDB Cluster is currently available and supported on a number of platforms. For exact levels of support available for on specific combinations of operating system versions, operating system distributions, and hardware platforms, please refer to

Availability.  NDB Cluster binary and source packages are available for supported platforms from

NDB Cluster release numbers.  NDB Cluster follows a somewhat different release pattern from the mainline MySQL Server 5.7 series of releases. In this Manual and other MySQL documentation, we identify these and later NDB Cluster releases employing a version number that begins with NDB. This version number is that of the NDBCLUSTER storage engine used in the release, and not of the MySQL server version on which the NDB Cluster release is based.

Version strings used in NDB Cluster software.  The version string displayed by NDB Cluster programs uses this format:


mysql_server_version represents the version of the MySQL Server on which the NDB Cluster release is based. For all NDB Cluster 7.5 and NDB Cluster 7.6 releases, this is 5.7. ndb_engine_version is the version of the NDB storage engine used by this release of the NDB Cluster software. You can see this format used in the mysql client, as shown here:

$> mysql
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 2
Server version: 5.7.44-ndb-7.5.32 Source distribution

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the buffer.

*************************** 1. row ***************************
VERSION(): 5.7.44-ndb-7.5.32
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

This version string is also displayed in the output of the SHOW command in the ndb_mgm client:

ndb_mgm> SHOW
Connected to Management Server at: localhost:1186
Cluster Configuration
[ndbd(NDB)]     2 node(s)
id=1    @  (5.7.44-ndb-7.5.32, Nodegroup: 0, *)
id=2    @  (5.7.44-ndb-7.5.32, Nodegroup: 0)

[ndb_mgmd(MGM)] 1 node(s)
id=3    @  (5.7.44-ndb-7.5.32)

[mysqld(API)]   2 node(s)
id=4    @  (5.7.44-ndb-7.5.32)
id=5 (not connected, accepting connect from any host)

The version string identifies the mainline MySQL version from which the NDB Cluster release was branched and the version of the NDB storage engine used. For example, the full version string for NDB 7.5.4 (the first NDB 7.5 GA release) was mysql-5.7.16-ndb-7.5.4. From this we can determine the following:

  • Since the portion of the version string preceding -ndb- is the base MySQL Server version, this means that NDB 7.5.4 derived from MySQL 5.7.16, and contained all feature enhancements and bug fixes from MySQL 5.7 up to and including MySQL 5.7.16.

  • Since the portion of the version string following -ndb- represents the version number of the NDB (or NDBCLUSTER) storage engine, NDB 7.5.4 used version 7.5.4 of the NDBCLUSTER storage engine.

New NDB Cluster releases are numbered according to updates in the NDB storage engine, and do not necessarily correspond in a one-to-one fashion with mainline MySQL Server releases. For example, NDB 7.5.4 (as previously noted) was based on MySQL 5.7.16, while NDB 7.5.3 was based on MySQL 5.7.13 (version string: mysql-5.7.13-ndb-7.5.3).

Compatibility with standard MySQL 5.7 releases.  While many standard MySQL schemas and applications can work using NDB Cluster, it is also true that unmodified applications and database schemas may be slightly incompatible or have suboptimal performance when run using NDB Cluster (see Section 21.2.7, “Known Limitations of NDB Cluster”). Most of these issues can be overcome, but this also means that you are very unlikely to be able to switch an existing application datastore—that currently uses, for example, MyISAM or InnoDB—to use the NDB storage engine without allowing for the possibility of changes in schemas, queries, and applications. In addition, the MySQL Server and NDB Cluster codebases diverge considerably, so that the standard mysqld cannot function as a drop-in replacement for the version of mysqld supplied with NDB Cluster.

NDB Cluster development source trees.  NDB Cluster development trees can also be accessed from

The NDB Cluster development sources maintained at are licensed under the GPL. For information about obtaining MySQL sources using Git and building them yourself, see Section 2.8.5, “Installing MySQL Using a Development Source Tree”.


As with MySQL Server 5.7, NDB Cluster 7.5 and NDB Cluster 7.6 releases are built using CMake.

NDB Cluster 8.0 is available beginning with NDB 8.0.19 as a General Availability release, and is recommended for new deployments; see What is New in MySQL NDB Cluster 8.0, for more information. NDB Cluster 7.6 and 7.5 are previous GA releases still supported in production. NDB Cluster 7.4 and 7.3 are previous GA releases which are no longer maintained. We recommend that new deployments for production use MySQL NDB Cluster 8.0.

The contents of this chapter are subject to revision as NDB Cluster continues to evolve. Additional information regarding NDB Cluster can be found on the MySQL website at

Additional Resources.  More information about NDB Cluster can be found in the following places: