Release Status Released Supported By Stitch
Availability Free Supported Versions n/a
SSL Connections Unsupported VPN Connections Unsupported
Whitelisting Tables and columns View Replication Unsupported
Destination Incompatibilities None

Connecting MariaDB

MariaDB Setup Requirements

To set up MariaDB in Stitch, you need:

  • The CREATE USER or INSERT privilege (for the mysql database). The CREATE USER privilege is required to create a database user for Stitch.

  • The GRANT OPTION privilege in MariaDB. The GRANT OPTION privilege, and is required to grant the necessary privileges to the Stitch database user. Additionally, you must have the privileges you’ll grant to the Stitch user.

  • The SUPER privilege in MariaDB. If using binlog replication, the SUPER privilege is required to define the appropriate server settings.


Step 1: Configure database connection settings

Choose your connection type

If your database is publicly accessible, you can directly connect it to Stitch.

If your database is not publicly accessible, you'll need to connect Stitch via an SSH tunnel.

Click the tab with your connection type to view the configuration instructions.

For the connection to be successful, you’ll need to configure your firewall to allow access from our IP addresses. Whitelist the following IPs before continuing onto the next step:

  • 52.23.137.21/32

  • 52.204.223.208/32

  • 52.204.228.32/32

  • 52.204.230.227/32

Step 1.1: Whitelist Stitch's IP addresses

For the connection to be successful, you’ll need to configure your firewall to allow access from our IP addresses. Whitelist the following IPs before continuing onto the next step:

  • 52.23.137.21/32

  • 52.204.223.208/32

  • 52.204.228.32/32

  • 52.204.230.227/32

Step 1.2: Retrieve your Stitch public key

The Stitch Public Key

The Public Key is used to authorize the Stitch Linux user. If the key isn’t properly installed, Stitch will be unable to access your database.

To retrieve the key:

  1. Sign into your Stitch account.

  2. On the Stitch Dashboard page, click the Add Integration button.

  3. Click the MariaDB icon.

  4. Click the SSH Tunnel checkbox.

  5. The Public Key will display, along with the other SSH fields.

Leave this page open for now - you’ll need it to wrap things up at the end.

Step 1.3: Create a Stitch SSH user

Note: Anything inside square brackets - [like this] - is something you need to define when running the commands yourself.

  1. To create the new user, run the following commands as root on your Linux server:

    adduser --disabled-password [stitch_username]
    mkdir /home/[stitch_username]/.ssh
    
  2. Next, import the Public Key into authorized_keys. This will ensure the Stitch user has access to the database.

    Copy the entire key into the authorized_keys file by:

    "[PASTE KEY HERE]" >> /home/[stitch_username]/.ssh/authorized_keys
    
  3. Alter the permissions on the /home/[stitch_username] directory to allow access via SSH:

    chown -R [stitch_username]:[stitch_username] /home/[stitch_username]
    chmod -R 700 /home/[stitch_username]/.ssh
    

Step 2: Configure database server settings

Next, you’ll configure your server to use Log-based Incremental Replication, or binlog replication.

Log-based Incremental Replication is a method of replication that reads a database’s binary log files. These files contain information about modifications made to data in a MariaDB instance. Log-based Incremental Replication captures all inserts, updates, and deletes made to records during each replication job, and is the most accurate and efficient method of replication.

While Stitch recommends using binlog to replicate data, it isn’t mandatory. Stitch offers additional Replication Methods for MariaDB databases that don’t require defining these settings.

  1. Log into your MariaDB server.
  2. Verify that binlog is enabled by running the following statement. The value returned should be 1:

    mysql> select @@log_bin;
    

    If this statement returns a 0, this means that binlog is disabled. You’ll enable it in the next step.

  3. Locate the my.cnf file, usually located at /etc/my.cnf. Verify that my.cnf has the following lines in the mysqld section:

    [mysqld]
    binlog_format=ROW
    binlog_row_image=FULL
    expire_logs_days=7
    log_bin=mysql-binlog
    

    A few things to note:

    • log_bin doesn’t have to be mysql-binlog - this value can be anything. Additionally, if log_bin already has an entry (which you checked in step one), you don’t need to change it.
    • Use either expire_log_days or binlog_expire_logs_seconds, not both. See the Server settings list tab for more information.
  4. When finished, restart your MariaDB server to ensure the changes take effect.

In the table below are the names, required values, and descriptions of the server settings you must define.

Setting Value Description
binlog_format ROW

Defines the binary logging format. A ROW value enables “event-based” capture, which describes what happens to records in the database. This is necessary to use binlog.

Stitch supports the following event types:

  • INSERT
  • UPDATE
  • DELETE
binlog_row_image FULL

Defines how row images are written to the binary log. A FULL value ensures that all columns in a row are logged in the before and after images of a change, enabling Stitch to accurately capture all changes made to a record.

expire_logs_days 7

Specifies the amount of time, in days, before the automatic removal of binary log files. Stitch recommends a retention period of 7 days, but a minimum of 3 days will also work.

log_bin mysql-binlog

Acts as the “on” switch for binary logging. This is the name of the binary logging file on the database server. For example: mysql-binlog

Note: The name of this file doesn’t have to be mysql-binlog. If your server already specifies a log-bin entry, there’s no need to change it.


Step 3: Create a Stitch database user

Next, you’ll create a dedicated database user for Stitch. This will ensure Stitch is visible in any logs or audits, and allow you to maintain your privilege hierarchy.

To create a database user for Stitch, run the following command when logged into MariaDB:

CREATE USER '[stitch_username]'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '[password]';
GRANT SELECT, REPLICATION CLIENT, REPLICATION SLAVE ON *.* TO '[stitch_username]';

Replace [password] with a secure password. If using SSH, this can be different than the SSH password.

If you wish to restrict this user from accessing data in specific databases, tables, or columns, you can instead run GRANT queries that only allow access to the data you permit.

See the Privileges list tab for an explanation of why these permissions are required by Stitch.

In the table below are the database user privileges Stitch requires to connect to and replicate data from a MariaDB database.

Privilege name Reason for requirement
SELECT

Required to select rows from tables in a database.

REPLICATION CLIENT

Required for binlog replication. Required to use SHOW BINARY LOGS, which determines that a binary log exists.

REPLICATION SLAVE

Required for binlog replication. Required to use SHOW MASTER STATUS, which fetches the current binlog file and position on the server.


Step 4: Connect Stitch

  1. Sign into your Stitch account, if you haven’t already.
  2. On the Stitch Dashboard page, click the Add Integration button.

  3. Click the MariaDB icon.

  4. Fill in the fields as follows:

    • Integration Name: Enter a name for the integration. This is the name that will display on the Stitch Dashboard for the integration; it’ll also be used to create the schema in your data warehouse.

      For example, the name “Stitch MariaDB” would create a schema called stitch_mariadb in the data warehouse. Note: The schema name cannot be changed after the integration is saved.

    • Host (Endpoint): Enter the host address (endpoint) used by the MariaDB instance.

      In general, this will be 127.0.0.1 (localhost), but could also be some other network address (ex: 192.68.0.1) or your server’s public IP address. Note: This must be the actual address - entering localhost into this field will cause connection issues.

    • Port: Enter the port used by the MariaDB instance. The default is 3306.

    • Username: Enter the Stitch MariaDB database user’s username.

    • Password: Enter the password for the Stitch database user.

    • Database: Optional: Enter the name of the default database Stitch will connect to. Stitch will ‘find’ all databases you give the Stitch user access to - a default database is only used to test and complete the connection.

Enter SSH Connection Details

If you’re using an SSH tunnel to connect your MariaDB database to Stitch, you’ll also need to complete the following:

  1. Click the SSH Tunnel checkbox.

  2. Fill in the fields as follows:

    • SSH Host: Enter the IP address or hostname of the server Stitch will SSH into.

    • SSH Port: Enter the SSH port on your server. (22 by default)

    • SSH User: Enter the Stitch Linux (SSH) user’s username.


Step 5: Create a replication schedule

In the Replication Frequency section, you’ll create the integration’s replication schedule. An integration’s replication schedule determines how often Stitch runs a replication job, and the time that job begins.

Stitch offers two methods of creating a replication schedule:

  • Replication Frequency: This method requires selecting the interval you want replication to run for the integration. Start times of replication jobs are based on the start time and duration of the previous job. Refer to the Replication Frequency documentation for more information and examples.
  • Anchor scheduling: Based on the Replication Frequency, or interval, you select, this method “anchors” the start times of this integration’s replication jobs to a time you select to create a predictable schedule. Anchor scheduling is a combination of the Anchor Time and Replication Frequency settings, which must both be defined to use this method. Additionally, note that:

    • A Replication Frequency of at least one hour is required to use anchor scheduling.
    • An initial replication job may not begin immediately after saving the integration, depending on the selected Replication Frequency and Anchor Time. Refer to the Anchor Scheduling documentation for more information.

    • You’ll need to contact support to request using an Anchor Time with this integration.

To help prevent overages, consider setting the integration to replicate less frequently. See the Understanding and Reducing Your Row Usage guide for tips on reducing your usage.


Step 6: Select data to replicate

The last step is to select the tables and columns you want to replicate. When you track a table, you’ll also need to define its Replication Method and, if using Key-based Incremental Replication, its Replication Key.

You can track tables and columns by:

  1. In the Integration Details page, click the Tables to Replicate tab.
  2. Locate a table you want to replicate.
  3. Click the checkbox next to the object’s name. A green checkmark means the object is set to replicate.
  4. If there are child objects, they’ll automatically display and you’ll be prompted to select some.
  5. After you set a table to replicate, the Table Settings page will display. Note: When you track a table, by default all columns will also be tracked.
  6. In the Table Settings page, define the table’s Replication Method and, if using Key-based Incremental Replication, its Replication Key.

  7. Repeat this process for every table you want to replicate.

  8. Click the Finalize Your Selections button to save your data selections.

Initial and historical replication jobs

After you finish setting up MariaDB, its Sync Status may show as Pending on either the Stitch Dashboard or in the Integration Details page.

For a new integration, a Pending status indicates that Stitch is in the process of scheduling the initial replication job for the integration. This may take some time to complete.

Free historical data loads

The first seven days of replication, beginning when data is first replicated, are free. Rows replicated from the new integration during this time won’t count towards your quota. Stitch offers this as a way of testing new integrations, measuring usage, and ensuring historical data volumes don’t quickly consume your quota.


Extracting data from MariaDB

When you connect a database as an input, Stitch only needs read-only access to the databases, tables, and columns you want to replicate. There are two processes Stitch runs during the Extraction phase of the replication process: a structure sync and a data sync.

Structure sync queries

The first part of the replication process is called a structure sync. This process will detect any changes to the structure of your database. For example: a new column is added to one of the tables you’re syncing in Stitch.

Stitch runs the following queries on MariaDB databases to perform a structure sync:

  • SHOW TABLES
  • SHOW KEYS FROM [table]
  • SELECT * FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES

Data sync queries

The second step in the Extraction phase is called a data sync. This is where Stitch extracts data and replicates it. The method Stitch uses is the same for all databases, but differs depending on the Replication Method that each table uses.

Key-based Incremental Replication

For tables using Key-based Incremental Replication, Stitch runs a single query and reads out of the associated cursor in batches:

  SELECT column_a, column_b <,...>
    FROM table_a
   WHERE replication_key_column >= 'last_maximum_replication_key_value'
ORDER BY replication_key_column

Full Table Replication

For tables using Full Table Replication, Stitch runs a single query and reads out of the resulting cursor in batches:

SELECT column_a, column_b <,...>
  FROM table_a

Recommendations

While we make every effort to ensure the queries that Stitch executes don’t impart significant load on your databases, we still have some recommendations for guaranteeing database performance:

  • Use a replica database instead of connecting directly. We recommend using read replicas in lieu of directly connecting production databases with high availability and performance requirements.
  • Apply indexes to Replication Key columns. We restrict and order our replication queries by this column, so applying an index to the columns you’re using as Replication Keys can improve performance.

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