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Enable slow query logging

You can identify inefficient or time-consuming queries by enabling slow query log in your Aiven for MySQL® service. In this article, you'll find out how to enable slow queries in your Aiven for MySQL service.


Since the output of the slow query log is written to the mysql.slow_log table on a particular server (of the service or its replica), the slow query logging is not supported on read-only replicas, which don't allow any writes.


You need an Aiven organization with an Aiven for MySQL service running.

Configure slow queries in Aiven Console

Follow these steps to enable your slow queries in your Aiven for MySQL service via Aiven Console:

  1. Log in to Aiven Console.
  2. In the Services page, select your Aiven for MySQL service.
  3. In the Service settings page of your service, scroll down to the Advanced configuration section and select Configure.
  4. In the Advanced configuration window
    1. Select Add configuration options. From the unfolded list, choose mysql.slow_query_log. Enable mysql.slow_query_log by toggling it to On. By default, mysql.slow_query_log is disabled.
    2. Select Add configuration options. From the unfolded list, choose mysql.long_query_time. Set mysql.long_query_time according to your specific need.
    3. Select Save configuration.

Your Aiven for MySQL service can now log slow queries. If you want to simulate slow queries to check this feature, check the next section.

Simulate slow queries

Connect to your Aiven for MySQL using your favorite tool. Make sure you have mysql.slow_query_log enabled and set mysql.long_query_time to 2 seconds. Now, you can run the following query to simulate a slow query of 3 seconds.

select sleep(3);

You should see the following output:

| sleep(3) |
| 0 |
1 row in set (3.03 sec)

Now, you can check the logs of your slow query:

select convert(sql_text using utf8) as slow_query, query_time from mysql.slow_log;

You can expect to receive an output similar to the following:

| slow_query | query_time |
| select sleep(3) | 00:00:03.000450 |
1 row in set, 1 warning (0.03 sec)

Disabling the mysql.slow_query_log setting truncates the mysql.slow_query_log table. Make sure to back up the data from the mysql.slow_query_log table in case you need it for further analysis.