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Info (Zip) - 4.0Mb SET DEFAULT ROLE Statement

    {NONE | ALL | role [, role ] ...}
    TO user [, user ] ...

For each user named immediately after the TO keyword, this statement defines which roles become active when the user connects to the server and authenticates, or when the user executes the SET ROLE DEFAULT statement during a session.

SET DEFAULT ROLE is alternative syntax for ALTER USER ... DEFAULT ROLE (see Section, “ALTER USER Statement”). However, ALTER USER can set the default for only a single user, whereas SET DEFAULT ROLE can set the default for multiple users. On the other hand, you can specify CURRENT_USER as the user name for the ALTER USER statement, whereas you cannot for SET DEFAULT ROLE.

SET DEFAULT ROLE requires these privileges:

  • Setting the default roles for another user requires the global CREATE USER privilege, or the UPDATE privilege for the mysql.default_roles system table.

  • Setting the default roles for yourself requires no special privileges, as long as the roles you want as the default have been granted to you.

Each role name uses the format described in Section 8.2.5, “Specifying Role Names”. For example:

SET DEFAULT ROLE 'admin', 'developer' TO 'joe'@'';

The host name part of the role name, if omitted, defaults to '%'.

The clause following the DEFAULT ROLE keywords permits these values:

  • NONE: Set the default to NONE (no roles).

  • ALL: Set the default to all roles granted to the account.

  • role [, role ] ...: Set the default to the named roles, which must exist and be granted to the account at the time SET DEFAULT ROLE is executed.


SET DEFAULT ROLE and SET ROLE DEFAULT are different statements:

  • SET DEFAULT ROLE defines which account roles to activate by default within account sessions.

  • SET ROLE DEFAULT sets the active roles within the current session to the current account default roles.

For role usage examples, see Section 8.2.10, “Using Roles”.