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MySQL driver for Elixir.



  • Automatic decoding and encoding of Elixir values to and from MySQL text and binary protocols
  • Supports transactions, prepared queries, streaming, pooling and more via DBConnection
  • Supports MySQL 5.5+, 8.0, and MariaDB 10.3
  • Supports mysql_native_password, sha256_password, and caching_sha2_password authentication plugins


Add :myxql to your dependencies:

def deps() do
    {:myxql, "~> 0.6.0"}

Make sure you are using the latest version!

iex> {:ok, pid} = MyXQL.start_link(username: "root")
iex> MyXQL.query!(pid, "CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS blog")

iex> {:ok, pid} = MyXQL.start_link(username: "root", database: "blog")
iex> MyXQL.query!(pid, "CREATE TABLE posts IF NOT EXISTS (id serial primary key, title text)")

iex> MyXQL.query!(pid, "INSERT INTO posts (`title`) VALUES ('Post 1')")
%MyXQL.Result{columns: nil, connection_id: 11204,, last_insert_id: 1, num_rows: 1, num_warnings: 0, rows: nil}

iex> MyXQL.query(pid, "INSERT INTO posts (`title`) VALUES (?), (?)", ["Post 2", "Post 3"])
%MyXQL.Result{columns: nil, connection_id: 11204, last_insert_id: 2, num_rows: 2, num_warnings: 0, rows: nil}

iex> MyXQL.query(pid, "SELECT * FROM posts")
   columns: ["id", "title"],
   connection_id: 11204,
   last_insert_id: nil,
   num_rows: 3,
   num_warnings: 0,
   rows: [[1, "Post 1"], [2, "Post 2"], [3, "Post 3"]]

It's recommended to start MyXQL under supervision tree:

defmodule MyApp.Application do
  use Application

  def start(_type, _args) do
    children = [
      {MyXQL, username: "root", name: :myxql}

    Supervisor.start_link(children, opts)

and then we can refer to it by its :name:

iex> MyXQL.query!(:myxql, "SELECT NOW()").rows
[[~N[2018-12-28 13:42:31]]]

Mariaex Compatibility

See Mariaex Compatibility page for transition between drivers.

Data representation

MySQL                Elixir
-----                ------
NULL                 nil
bool                 1 | 0
int                  42
float                42.0
decimal              #Decimal<42.0> # (1)
date                 ~D[2013-10-12] # (2)
time                 ~T[00:37:14]   # (3)
datetime             ~N[2013-10-12 00:37:14]  # (2), (4)
timestamp            ~U[2013-10-12 00:37:14Z] # (2), (4)
json                 %{"foo" => "bar"} # (5)
char                 "é"
text                 "myxql"
binary               <<1, 2, 3>>
bit                  <<1::size(1), 0::size(1)>>
point, polygon, ...  %Geo.Point{coordinates: {0.0, 1.0}}, ... # (6)


  1. See Decimal

  2. When using SQL mode that allows them, MySQL "zero" dates and datetimes are represented as :zero_date and :zero_datetime respectively.

  3. Values that are negative or greater than 24:00:00 cannot be decoded

  4. Datetime fields are represented as NaiveDateTime, however a UTC DateTime can be used for encoding as well

  5. MySQL added a native JSON type in version 5.7.8, if you're using earlier versions, remember to use TEXT column for your JSON field.

  6. See "Geometry support" section below

JSON support

MyXQL comes with JSON support via the Jason library.

To use it, add :jason to your dependencies:

{:jason, "~> 1.0"}

You can customize it to use another library via the :json_library configuration:

config :myxql, :json_library, SomeJSONModule

Geometry support

MyXQL comes with Geometry types support via the Geo package.

To use it, add :geo to your dependencies:

{:geo, "~> 3.3"}

Note, some structs like %Geo.PointZ{} does not have equivalent on the MySQL server side and thus shouldn't be used.

If you're using MyXQL geometry types with Ecto and need to for example accept a WKT format as user input, consider implementing an custom Ecto type.


Run tests:

git clone
cd myxql
mix deps.get
mix test

See scripts/ for scripts used to test against different server versions.


The source code is under Apache License 2.0.

Copyright (c) 2018 Plataformatec
Copyright (c) 2020 Dashbit

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