MySQL is the official addon provided by Scalingo, details on the available plans can be found here. This addon gives your app instant access to a MySQL database running in its own Docker container.

Adding MySQL to your app

You can add the MySQL addon through the dashboard or through the command line interface. The capacity of your database is elastic, you will be able to upgrade it later.

Through the Dashboard

  1. Go to your app on Scalingo Dashboard
  2. Click on Addons tab
  3. Select the addon you want to add
  4. In the dialog select the database plan you need
  5. Validate your choice

Through the command-line interface

$ scalingo --app my-app addons-add mysql 1g

-----> Addon mysql has been provisionned
       ID: my-app-3030
       Modified variables: [DATABASE_URL SCALINGO_MYSQL_URL]
       Message from addon provider: Database successfully created

This command will provision the application my-app with a 1g MySQL database plan.

To find out what other plans are available:

$ scalingo addons-plans mysql

Getting your connection URI

Once the addon is provisioned, 2 environment variables are added to your app: SCALINGO_MYSQL_URL and DATABASE_URL. To find out how to use it in your code please refer to Application environment.

In most cases, you can pass the variable directly to the client library you are using in your code. But sometimes the library requires a specific URI format, you’ll need to add a little bit of code to suit the library.

You can get environment variables from the dashboard or the command line interface.

From the Dashboard

  1. Go to your app on Scalingo Dashboard
  2. Click on Environment tab
  3. SCALINGO_MYSQL_URL is displayed

From the command-line interface

$ scalingo --app my-app env | grep MYSQL


Ruby on Rails specific

DATABASE_URL is an alias to SCALINGO_MYSQL_URL, the Ruby buildpack will read the value of DATABASE_URL and create the database.yml configuration file accordingly.

If you’re using the mysql2 gem, you will need to copy the value of SCALINGO_MYSQL_URL into DATABASE_URL and change the scheme part from mysql:// to mysql2://.

Remote access your database

If you need to access your database from other places than your app please follow the Access your database guide.

Force TLS connections

MySQL support TLS to encrypt all of its network traffic between the client and the server.

By default, all new MySQL databases have TLS activated. If you want to connect to it, you have nothing to do. The mysql client will automatically first try to connect using TLS, and if it fails will try without TLS. If you want to ensure it connects using TLS, you can use the --ssl-mode option:

mysql --ssl-mode REQUIRED -u <user> --password=<password> -h <host> -P <port> dbname

Some existing databases may not have yet TLS support. To activate TLS, you need to restart the database. Any action leading to the restart will activate TLS (e.g. plan update, upgrade of the database).

TLS is an option, you can still access your database without it if needed.

If you want to force connections to your database to use TLS, head to the database dashboard and click on the toggle button:

Note that you must have configured your application to use TLS when connecting to the database.

Some providers like Google Data Studio will require a client certificate when TLS is enabled. In this case, contact us via the in app chat or via email at

Changing plans

You can upgrade or downgrade your database plan whenever you need it. This operation happens instantly thanks to Docker containers and no manual input is required. When you change the plan, your database will be stopped then restarted on a new host with new parameters of the chosen plan. During the operation the connection is dropped between your app and the database. Finally, after the operation is successful, the related app will be restarted.

From the Dashboard

  1. Go to your app on Scalingo Dashboard
  2. Click on Addons tab
  3. Select the addon you want to change
  4. In the dialog select the plan you want to upgrade/downgrade to
  5. Validate your choice

From the command-line interface

To upgrade or downgrade your addon the sub-command is the same: addons-upgrade.

$ scalingo --app my-app addons-upgrade my-app-3030 2g

In this example, my-app-3030 is the ID of the addon, and 2g is the plan we want to upgrade to.

To find out the addon ID:

$ scalingo --app my-app addons

|      ADDON     |        ID        | PLAN |
| MySQL | my-app-3030      |   1g |

Database dashboard

The MySQL dashboard is the central place for administrative tasks such as:

  • Monitor database and system stats
  • Upgrade the database engine version
  • Activate database specific features
  • Manage database users
  • Manage backups

Database Upgrade

When the database vendor releases a new version of your database engine, we will try to provide it as soon as possible. You will have the choice to upgrade your database with one click through your database dashboard.

This operation is similar to changing your database plan; your database will be stopped and restarted with the new database version. When this operation finishes, your application will be restarted.

Container Stats

CPU usage Current CPU usage.
Memory usage Display the current, hightest and free memory. Highest is the maximum memory recorded since database restarted.
Swap usage Display the current, hightest and free swap. Highest is the maximum swap recorded since database restarted.

Database Stats

Database connections Number of currently open and maximum connections.
Data size Logical space reported by the database.
Database on disk size Effective physical space used.


If your database is in a paid plan (i.e. it’s not “free plan”), we’ll automatically make periodic backups of your database on a daily basis, at around 1:00 AM Central European Time (CET or UTC+0100). The time of your daily backup is configurable via the web dashboard of your database or using the CLI.

We keep a limited amount of backups depending on your database plan. A daily backup is retained for the last 7 days. That means that 7 backups will exist, one for each of the last 7 days. A weekly backup means that only one backup is saved over a 7 days period. A monthly backup means that only 1 backup is saved over the course of a month.

Plan Weekly Backups Retained Monthly Backup Retained
Sandbox/Free N/A N/A
Starter 4 weeks 0 months
Business 8 weeks 12 months

You can also manually trigger a backup for your database at any time you want. The number of manual backups that you can retain is limited by your plan:

Plan Backups Retained
Sandbox/Free N/A
Starter 10
Business 50

Download automated backups

Automated backups are listed in the database specific dashboard.

  1. Go to your app on Scalingo Dashboard
  2. Click on Addons tab
  3. Click Link to dashboard which will take you to the MySQL dashboard
  4. Click on Backups tab
  5. Download the backup you want

Manual database backup

If you wish to manually backup your database, please follow How to dump and restore my MySQL database on Scalingo guide.

Web Administration Tools


A phpMyAdmin instance is available at The server, username and password fields must be filled with the information in your SCALINGO_MYSQL_URL environment variable. Note that the server input should be in the form host:port.


An Adminer instance is available at The server, username, password and database fields must be filled with the information in your SCALINGO_MYSQL_URL environment variable. Note that the server input should be in the form host:port.

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