While trying to backup all MySQL databases with mysqldump I get the following error:

Couldn't execute 'show events': Access denied for user 'user'@'localhost' to database 'performance_schema'


This is a virtual database so you will need to add the option --skip-events to make it work.


The other two answers will work, but their rationale and explanation are wrong.

The error you're getting is not due to the database being virtual, but due to a bug with the query show events: enter image description here

SHOW EVENTS in the performance_schema database returned an access-denied error, rather than an empty result

The bug has been fixed in MySQL server 5.7.6. Simply update your server and you won't be seeing this error anymore.

In the meantime, if you are stuck with older versions of MySQL server, avoid calling show events by using the solutions provided in the other two answers.

  • This information is nowhere else to be found; at least not where I looked. Thanks a lot! – Master Azazel Jan 17 '17 at 8:29

'performance_schema' is a virtual database so you don't have to backup it
(see http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/performance-schema.html )

to skip it in your backup script use it like this:

DATE=$(date +%Y-%m-%d)
for i in /var/lib/mysql/*/; do
    if [ $i != "$MYSQLPATH"'performance_schema/' ] ; then 
        dbname=`basename "$i"` 
        mysqldump -u root "$dbname" | gzip > $BAK/"$dbname"-$DATE.sql.gz

# optionally delete old backups of databases that don't exist anymore
# find $BACKUP_DIR -atime +30 -exec rm {} \;
  • +1 I was actually using this in a similar script, but I haven't specify in my question. Anyway, good sharing. – Adrian Ber Nov 25 '13 at 11:31

If you encountered this error with an ordinary database, you need to grant your user the EVENT permission.

GRANT EVENT ON `database`.* TO 'user'@'localhost';

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