Is there a tool that makes possible to backup a Mysql database to Amazon S3 or Amazon Glacier without having o create a local file with the database contents?

Something like that:

mysqldump -u root -ppass -h host --all-databases | magical-s3-tool s3-bucket backup-yyyy-mm-dd.sql

This magical tool would use the pipe data and transfer the backup data directly to S3, without creating a local file.


My goal is to avoid having to use a VM with a huge disk for running the backup process.

  • You could probably stream it into an S3FS mountpoint.
    – ceejayoz
    Dec 18 '12 at 20:15
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    Why are you trying to avoid the creation of a file? The answer to this might help frame the recommended approach. Dec 18 '12 at 20:48
  • I am not sure about S3 but you can often pipe over SSH like this: mysqldump | ssh remote-box "cat > file.sql" Dec 18 '12 at 21:13
  • @Eric Hammond yes, i'm trying to avoid the creation of a file Dec 18 '12 at 21:24
  • @RubemAzenha: Yes, that's clear... but why? (performance, security, regulations, size, disk space, for the fun of it, ...?) If you can explain what your underlying goals are, that can lead to a better answer that meets those goals. You can simply update the question above with your criteria, philosophies, and driving constraints. Dec 19 '12 at 22:58

You can use this:

mysqldump \
    --host= --port=1234 \
    --user='username' --password='password' \
    --single-transaction --routines --triggers --compress --compact \
    --databases '<database name>' | gzip | aws s3 cp - s3://'<bucket name>'/'<database name>'.sql.gz
  • thanks... Do you know how do the same thing with mydumper? I know it would be harder since mydumper has multiple files. Apr 23 '18 at 19:18
  • I'd recommend using the default AWS CLI.. What is the use case of mydumper anyway ? Apr 24 '18 at 6:04

There is a tool https://github.com/vsespb/mt-aws-glacier which can do this (Amazon Glacier only). See --stdin option in documentation.

Note that this operation will block your mysqldump (if network is bottleneck), and this can cause problems with mysql lockings etc.

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