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TokuDB Installation

Percona Server is compatible with the separately available TokuDB storage engine package. The TokuDB engine must be separately downloaded and then enabled as a plug-in component. This package can be installed alongside with standard Percona Server 5.6 releases starting with 5.6.19-67.0 and does not require any specially adapted version of Percona Server.

The TokuDB storage engine is a scalable, ACID and MVCC compliant storage engine that provides indexing-based query improvements, offers online schema modifications, and reduces slave lag for both hard disk drives and flash memory. This storage engine is specifically designed for high performance on write-intensive workloads which is achieved with Fractal Tree indexing. To learn more about Fractal Tree indexing, you can visit the following Wikipedia page.


Only the Percona supplied TokuDB engine should be used with Percona Server 5.6. A TokuDB engine downloaded from other sources is not compatible. TokuDB file formats are not the same across MySQL variants. Migrating from one variant to any other variant requires a logical data dump and reload.

TokuDB is currently supported only for 64-bit Linux distributions. It is not available for Debian 6.0 (squeeze) due to conflicts with the gcc version required by TokuDB.


libjemalloc library

TokuDB storage engine requires libjemalloc library 3.3.0 or greater. If the version in the distribution repository is lower than that you can use one from Percona Software Repositories or download it from somewhere else.

If the libjemalloc wasn’t installed and enabled before it will be automatically installed when installing the TokuDB storage engine package by using the apt` or yum package manager, but Percona Server instance should be restarted for libjemalloc to be loaded. This way libjemalloc will be loaded with LD_PRELOAD. You can also enable libjemalloc by specifying malloc-lib variable in the [mysqld_safe] section of the my.cnf file:

malloc-lib= /path/to/jemalloc

Transparent huge pages

TokuDB won’t be able to start if the transparent huge pages are enabled. Transparent huge pages is feature available in the newer kernel versions. You can check if the Transparent huge pages are enabled with:

$ cat /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/enabled

 [always] madvise never

If transparent huge pages are enabled and you try to start the TokuDB engine you’ll get the following message in you error.log:

Transparent huge pages are enabled, according to /sys/kernel/mm/redhat_transparent_hugepage/enabled
Transparent huge pages are enabled, according to /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/enabled

You can disable transparent huge pages permanently by passing transparent_hugepage=never to the kernel in your bootloader (NOTE: For this change to take an effect you’ll need to reboot your server).

You can disable the transparent huge pages by running the following command as root (NOTE: Setting this will last only until the server is rebooted):

echo never > /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/enabled
echo never > /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/defrag


TokuDB storage engine for Percona Server is currently available in our apt and yum repositories.

You can install the Percona Server with TokuDB engine by using the apt/yum commands:

[root@centos ~]# yum install Percona-Server-tokudb-56.x86_64


root@wheezy:~# apt-get install percona-server-tokudb-5.6

Enabling the TokuDB Storage Engine

Once the TokuDB server package has been installed following output will be shown:

* This release of Percona Server is distributed with TokuDB storage engine.
   * Run the following script to enable the TokuDB storage engine in Percona Server:

    ps_tokudb_admin --enable -u <mysql_admin_user> -p[mysql_admin_pass] [-S <socket>] [-h <host> -P <port>]

   * See for more installation details

   * See for an introduction to TokuDB

Percona Server 5.6.22-72.0 has implemented ps_tokudb_admin script to make the enabling the TokuDB storage engine easier. This script will automatically disable Transparent huge pages, if they’re enabled, and install and enable the TokuDB storage engine with all the required plugins. You need to run this script as root or with sudo. After you run the script with required parameters:

ps_tokudb_admin --enable -uroot -pPassw0rd

Following output will be displayed:

Checking if Percona server is running with jemalloc enabled...
>> Percona server is running with jemalloc enabled.

Checking transparent huge pages status on the system...
>> Transparent huge pages are currently disabled on the system.

Checking if thp-setting=never option is already set in config file...
>> Option thp-setting=never is not set in the config file.
>> (needed only if THP is not disabled permanently on the system)

Checking TokuDB plugin status...
>> TokuDB plugin is not installed.

Adding thp-setting=never option into /etc/mysql/my.cnf
>> Successfuly added thp-setting=never option into /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Installing TokuDB engine...
>> Successfuly installed TokuDB plugin.

If the script returns no errors, TokuDB storage engine should be successfully enabled on your server. You can check it out by running:

 | TokuDB | YES | Tokutek TokuDB Storage Engine with Fractal Tree(tm) Technology | YES | YES | YES |

Enabling the TokuDB Storage Engine Manually

If you’re running Percona Server 5.6.22-71.0 this storage engine requires manual installation.

INSTALL PLUGIN tokudb_file_map SONAME '';
INSTALL PLUGIN tokudb_fractal_tree_info SONAME '';
INSTALL PLUGIN tokudb_fractal_tree_block_map SONAME '';
INSTALL PLUGIN tokudb_locks SONAME '';
INSTALL PLUGIN tokudb_lock_waits SONAME '';
INSTALL PLUGIN tokudb_background_job_status SONAME ''

After the engine has been installed it should be present in the engines list. To check if the engine has been correctly installed and active:

| TokuDB | YES | Tokutek TokuDB Storage Engine with Fractal Tree(tm) Technology | YES | YES | YES |

To check if all the TokuDB plugins have been installed correctly you should run:

| TokuDB                        | ACTIVE   | STORAGE ENGINE     | | GPL     |
| TokuDB_file_map               | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | | GPL     |
| TokuDB_fractal_tree_info      | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | | GPL     |
| TokuDB_fractal_tree_block_map | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | | GPL     |
| TokuDB_trx                    | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | | GPL     |
| TokuDB_locks                  | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | | GPL     |
| TokuDB_lock_waits             | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | | GPL     |
| TokuDB_background_job_status  | ACTIVE   | INFORMATION SCHEMA | | GPL     |

TokuDB Version

TokuDB storage engine version can be checked with:

mysql> SELECT @@tokudb_version;
| @@tokudb_version |
| 5.6.27-76.0      |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)


TokuDB storage engine has the same version as Percona Server after 5.6.26-74.0 release.


Installing the TokuDB package is compatible with existing server setup and databases.

Version Specific Information

  • 5.6.17-66.0

    TokuDB storage engine available as a separate Percona Server package.

  • 5.6.19-67.0

    TokuDB storage engine is considered GA quality.

  • 5.6.22-72.0

    Implemented ps_tokudb_admin script to make the installation easier

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