MySQL Filter

In this example, we show how the MySQL filter can be used with the Envoy proxy. The Envoy proxy configuration includes a MySQL filter that parses queries and collects MySQL-specific metrics.

Running the Sandboxes

The following documentation runs through the setup of the services.

Step 1: Install Docker

Ensure that you have a recent versions of docker and docker-compose.

A simple way to achieve this is via the Docker Desktop.

Step 2: Clone the Envoy repo

If you have not cloned the Envoy repo, clone it with:

git clone


git clone

Step 3: Build the sandbox

Terminal 1

$ pwd
$ docker-compose pull
$ docker-compose up --build -d
$ docker-compose ps

    Name                   Command               State                             Ports
mysql_mysql_1 mysqld      Up>3306/tcp
mysql_proxy_1   / /bin       Up      10000/tcp,>1999/tcp,>8001/tcp

Step 4: Issue commands using mysql

Use mysql to issue some commands and verify they are routed via Envoy. Note that the current implementation of the protocol filter was tested with MySQL v5.5. It may, however, not work with other versions of MySQL due to differences in the protocol implementation.

Terminal 1

$ docker run --rm -it --network envoymesh mysql:5.5 mysql -h envoy -P 1999 -u root
... snip ...

mysql> CREATE DATABASE test;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> USE test;
Database changed
mysql> CREATE TABLE test ( text VARCHAR(255) );
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.01 sec)

mysql> SELECT COUNT(*) FROM test;
| COUNT(*) |
|        0 |
1 row in set (0.01 sec)

mysql> INSERT INTO test VALUES ('hello, world!');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

mysql> SELECT COUNT(*) FROM test;
| COUNT(*) |
|        1 |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

mysql> exit

Step 5: Check egress stats

Check egress stats were updated.

Terminal 1

$ curl -s http://localhost:8001/stats?filter=egress_mysql
mysql.egress_mysql.auth_switch_request: 0
mysql.egress_mysql.decoder_errors: 0
mysql.egress_mysql.login_attempts: 1
mysql.egress_mysql.login_failures: 0
mysql.egress_mysql.protocol_errors: 0
mysql.egress_mysql.queries_parse_error: 0
mysql.egress_mysql.queries_parsed: 7
mysql.egress_mysql.sessions: 1
mysql.egress_mysql.upgraded_to_ssl: 0

Step 6: Check TCP stats

Check TCP stats were updated.

Terminal 1

$ curl -s http://localhost:8001/stats?filter=mysql_tcp
tcp.mysql_tcp.downstream_cx_no_route: 0
tcp.mysql_tcp.downstream_cx_rx_bytes_buffered: 0
tcp.mysql_tcp.downstream_cx_rx_bytes_total: 347
tcp.mysql_tcp.downstream_cx_total: 1
tcp.mysql_tcp.downstream_cx_tx_bytes_buffered: 0
tcp.mysql_tcp.downstream_cx_tx_bytes_total: 702
tcp.mysql_tcp.downstream_flow_control_paused_reading_total: 0
tcp.mysql_tcp.downstream_flow_control_resumed_reading_total: 0
tcp.mysql_tcp.idle_timeout: 0
tcp.mysql_tcp.upstream_flush_active: 0
tcp.mysql_tcp.upstream_flush_total: 0