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MySQL 8.4 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  Keyring Plugin Installation Keyring Plugin Installation

Keyring service consumers require that a keyring component or plugin be installed:


Only one keyring component or plugin should be enabled at a time. Enabling multiple keyring components or plugins is unsupported and results may not be as anticipated.

A keyring component must be enabled on the MySQL Server instance if you need to support secure storage for persisted system variable values, rather than a keyring plugin, which do not support the function. See Persisting Sensitive System Variables.

MySQL provides these keyring plugin choices:

  • keyring_okv: A KMIP 1.1 plugin for use with KMIP-compatible back end keyring storage products such as Oracle Key Vault and Gemalto SafeNet KeySecure Appliance. Available in MySQL Enterprise Edition distributions.

  • keyring_aws: Communicates with the Amazon Web Services Key Management Service as a back end for key generation and uses a local file for key storage. Available in MySQL Enterprise Edition distributions.

  • keyring_hashicorp: Communicates with HashiCorp Vault for back end storage. Available in MySQL Enterprise Edition distributions.

To be usable by the server, the plugin library file must be located in the MySQL plugin directory (the directory named by the plugin_dir system variable). If necessary, configure the plugin directory location by setting the value of plugin_dir at server startup.

A keyring component or plugin must be loaded early during the server startup sequence so that other components can access it as necessary during their own initialization. For example, the InnoDB storage engine uses the keyring for tablespace encryption, so a keyring component or plugin must be loaded and available prior to InnoDB initialization.

Installation for each keyring plugin is similar. The following instructions describe how to install keyring_okv. To use a different keyring plugin, substitute its name for keyring_okv.

The keyring_okv plugin library file base name is keyring_okv. The file name suffix differs per platform (for example, .so for Unix and Unix-like systems, .dll for Windows).

To load the plugin, use the --early-plugin-load option to name the plugin library file that contains it. For example, on platforms where the plugin library file suffix is .so, use these lines in the server my.cnf file, adjusting the .so suffix for your platform as necessary:


Before starting the server, check the notes for your chosen keyring plugin for configuration instructions specific to that plugin:

After performing any plugin-specific configuration, start the server. Verify plugin installation by examining the Information Schema PLUGINS table or use the SHOW PLUGINS statement (see Section 7.6.2, “Obtaining Server Plugin Information”). For example:

       WHERE PLUGIN_NAME LIKE 'keyring%';
| keyring_okv  | ACTIVE        |

If the plugin fails to initialize, check the server error log for diagnostic messages.

Plugins can be loaded by methods other than --early-plugin-load, such as the --plugin-load or --plugin-load-add option or the INSTALL PLUGIN statement. However, keyring plugins loaded using those methods may be available too late in the server startup sequence for certain components that use the keyring, such as InnoDB:

  • Plugin loading using --plugin-load or --plugin-load-add occurs after InnoDB initialization.

  • Plugins installed using INSTALL PLUGIN are registered in the mysql.plugin system table and loaded automatically for subsequent server restarts. However, because mysql.plugin is an InnoDB table, any plugins named in it can be loaded during startup only after InnoDB initialization.

If no keyring component or plugin is available when a component tries to access the keyring service, the service cannot be used by that component. As a result, the component may fail to initialize or may initialize with limited functionality. For example, if InnoDB finds that there are encrypted tablespaces when it initializes, it attempts to access the keyring. If the keyring is unavailable, InnoDB can access only unencrypted tablespaces. To ensure that InnoDB can access encrypted tablespaces as well, use --early-plugin-load to load the keyring plugin.