Hevo can load data from any of your Pipelines into a MySQL database. In this document, we will walk through the steps to add MySQL as a Destination.

We do not recommend using MySQL as a Destination for building your production Pipelines. It can perform poorly even for low volumes of data. If you run into performance issues, these may be unresolvable, and you will have to migrate to a different Destination.

Add Destination

Do one of the following:

  • After you configure the Source during Pipeline creation, click ADD DESTINATION.

  • Click DESTINATIONS in the Asset Palette, and then, in the Destinations List View, click + CREATE.

Select the Destination Type

In the Add Destination page, select MySQL.

Alternatively, use the Search Destination Type search box to search for the Destination.

Configure MySQL Connection Settings

Specify the following settings in the Configure your MySQL Destination page:

MySQL Destination settings

  • Destination Name: A unique name for this Destination.

  • Database Host: MySQL host’s IP address or DNS. Refer section, Connect to a Local Database for the steps to connect to a local database.

  • Database Port: The port on which your MySQL server listens for connections. Default value: 3306

  • Database User: A user with a non-administrative role in the MySQL database.

  • Database Password: The password of the user.

  • Database Name: The name of the Destination database where data will be loaded.

  • Additional Settings:

    • Connect through SSH: Enable this option to connect to Hevo using an SSH tunnel, instead of directly connecting your MySQL database host to Hevo. This provides an additional level of security to your database by not exposing your MySQL setup to the public. Read Connecting Through SSH.

      If this option is disabled, you must whitelist Hevo’s IP addresses. Refer to the content for your MySQL variant for steps to do this.

    • Use SSL: Enable this option to use an SSL-encrypted connection. Specify the following:

      • CA File: The file containing the SSL server certificate authority (CA).

      • Client Certificate: The client public key certificate file.

      • Client Key: The client private key file.

      For the steps to create the required files and keys, read MySQL.

    • Sanitize Table/Column Names: Enable this option to remove all non-alphanumeric characters and spaces in a table or column name, and replace them with an underscore (_). Read Name Sanitization.

Test Connection

After filling the details, click on TEST CONNECTION button to test connectivity to the Destination MySQL server.

Save Destination

Once the test is successful, save the Destination by clicking on SAVE DESTINATION.

Connect to a Local Database


  • MY-SQL/MS-SQL service is running on your local machine.

  • You have an account on ngrok and an installed ngrok utility on your local machine. To run ngrok on your local machine, follow these one-time steps:

    1. Extract the ngrok utility:

      • On Linux or MacOS, unzip ngrok from a terminal:

        unzip /path/to/
      • On Windows, double-click to extract it.

    2. Authenticate ngrok in your local machine:

      ./ngrok authtoken <your_auth_token>

      You can get the auth token from your ngrok dashboard. For example, in the image below, the auth_token starts with 1t7uGaJshUvnh2Fg1MApl.

      Auth token

Connecting to the Local Database

Perform the following steps to connect to the local database:

  1. Log in to your database server.

  2. Start a TCP tunnel forwarding to your database port.

    ./ngrok tcp <your_database_port>

    For example, the port address for MySQL is 3306. Therefore, the command would be:

    ./ngrok tcp 3306
  3. Copy the public IP address (hostname and port number) for your local database and port. For example, in the image below, is the database hostname and 19789 is the port number.

    Getting hostname and port

  4. Paste the hostname and port number into the Database Host and Database Port fields respectively.

    MySQL settings

  5. Specify all other settings and click TEST & CONTINUE.

Destination Considerations

  • You must disable any foreign keys defined in the target tables. Foreign keys do not allow data to be loaded until the reference table has a corresponding key defined.
  • You can replicate data for only 4090 columns in a given MySQL table. Read Limits on the Number of Columns.



Revision History

Refer to the following table for the list of key updates made to this page:

Date Release Description of Change
Feb-21-2022 1.82 Updated section, Configure MySQL Connection Settings to provide support for SSL in MySQL as a Destination.
Jul-26-2021 1.68 Added section, Connect to a Local Database.
Jul-12-2021 NA Updated the section, Destination Considerations.
Last updated on 22 Mar 2022