Chapter 25. Event Scheduler

Table of Contents

25.1. Event Scheduler Overview
25.2. Event Scheduler Syntax
25.2.1. ALTER EVENT Syntax
25.2.2. CREATE EVENT Syntax
25.2.3. DROP EVENT Syntax
25.3. Event Metadata
25.4. Event Scheduler Status
25.5. The Event Scheduler and MySQL Privileges
25.6. Event Scheduler Limitations and Restrictions

This chapter describes the MySQL Event Scheduler, for which support was added in MySQL 5.1.6, and is divided into the following sections:

Additional Resources.  You may find the MySQL Event Scheduler User Forum of use when working with scheduled events. Here you can discuss the MySQL Event Scheduler with other MySQL users and the MySQL developers.

25.1. Event Scheduler Overview

MySQL Events are tasks that run according to a schedule. Therefore, we sometimes refer to them as scheduled events. When you create an event, you are creating a named database object containing one or more SQL statements to be executed at one or more regular intervals, beginning and ending at a specific date and time. Conceptually, this is similar to the idea of the Unix crontab (also known as a “cron job”) or the Windows Task Scheduler.

Scheduled tasks of this type are also sometimes known as “temporal triggers”, implying that these are objects that are triggered by the passage of time. While this is essentially correct, we prefer to use the term events in order to avoid confusion with triggers of the type discussed in Chapter 24, Triggers. Events should more specifically not be confused with “temporary triggers”. Whereas a trigger is a database object whose statements are executed in response to a specific type of event that occurs on a given table, a (scheduled) event is an object whose statements are executed in response to the passage of a specified time interval.

While there is no provision in the SQL Standard for event scheduling, there are precedents in other database systems, and you may notice some similarities between these implementations and that found in the MySQL Server.

MySQL Events have the following major features and properties:

  • In MySQL 5.1.12 and later, an event is uniquely identified by its name and the schema to which it is assigned. (Previously, an event was also unique to its definer.)

  • An event performs a specific action according to a schedule. This action consists of an SQL statement, which can be a compound statement in a BEGIN ... END block if desired (see Section 23.2.7, “BEGIN ... END Compound Statement Syntax”). An event's timing can be either one-time or recurrent. A one-time event executes one time only. A recurrent event repeats its action at a regular interval, and the schedule for a recurring event can be assigned a specific start day and time, end day and time, both, or neither. (By default, a recurring event's schedule begins as soon as it is created, and continues indefinitely, until it is disabled or dropped.)

  • Users can create, modify, and drop scheduled events using SQL statements intended for these purposes. Syntactically invalid event creation and modification statements fail with an appropriate error message. A user may include statements in an event's action which require privileges that the user does not actually have. The event creation or modification statement succeeds but the event's action fails. See Section 25.5, “The Event Scheduler and MySQL Privileges” for details.

  • Many of the properties of an event can be set or modified using SQL statements. These properties include the event's name, timing, persistence (that is, whether it is preserved following the expiration of its schedule), status (enabled or disabled), action to be performed, and the schema to which it is assigned. See Section 25.2.1, “ALTER EVENT Syntax”.

    The default definer of an event is the user who created the event, unless the event has been altered, in which case the definer is the user who issued the last ALTER EVENT statement affecting that event. An event can be modified by any user having the EVENT privilege on the database for which the event is defined. (Prior to MySQL 5.1.12, only an event's definer, or a user having privileges on the mysql.event table, could modify a given event.) See Section 25.5, “The Event Scheduler and MySQL Privileges”.

  • An event's action statement may include most SQL statements permitted within stored routines.

Events are executed by a special event scheduler thread; when we refer to the Event Scheduler, we actually refer to this thread. When running, the event scheduler thread and its current state can be seen by users having the PROCESS privilege in the output of SHOW PROCESSLIST, as shown in the discussion that follows.

The global event_scheduler system variable determines whether the Event Scheduler is enabled and running on the server. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.12, it has one of these 3 values, which affect event scheduling as described here:

  • OFF: The Event Scheduler is stopped. The event scheduler thread does not run, is not shown in the output of SHOW PROCESSLIST, and no scheduled events are executed. OFF is the default value for event_scheduler.

    When the Event Scheduler is stopped (event_scheduler is OFF), it can be started by setting the value of event_scheduler to ON. (See next item.)

  • ON: The Event Scheduler is started; the event scheduler thread runs and executes all scheduled events.

    When the Event Scheduler is ON, the event scheduler thread is listed in the output of SHOW PROCESSLIST as a daemon process, and its state is represented as shown here:

    *************************** 1. row ***************************
         Id: 1
       User: root
       Host: localhost
         db: NULL
    Command: Query
       Time: 0
      State: NULL
       Info: show processlist
    *************************** 2. row ***************************
         Id: 2
       User: event_scheduler
       Host: localhost
         db: NULL
    Command: Daemon
       Time: 3
      State: Waiting for next activation
       Info: NULL
    2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

    Event scheduling can be stopped by setting the value of event_scheduler to OFF.

  • DISABLED: This value renders the Event Scheduler non-operational. When the Event Scheduler is DISABLED, the event scheduler thread does not run (and so does not appear in the output of SHOW PROCESSLIST). In addition, the Event Scheduler state cannot be changed at runtime.

If the Event Scheduler status has not been set to DISABLED, event_scheduler can be toggled between ON and OFF (using SET). It is also possible to use 0 for OFF, and 1 for ON when setting this variable. Thus, any of the following 4 statements can be used in the mysql client to turn on the Event Scheduler:

SET GLOBAL event_scheduler = ON;
SET @@global.event_scheduler = ON;
SET GLOBAL event_scheduler = 1;
SET @@global.event_scheduler = 1;

Similarly, any of these 4 statements can be used to turn off the Event Scheduler:

SET GLOBAL event_scheduler = OFF;
SET @@global.event_scheduler = OFF;
SET GLOBAL event_scheduler = 0;
SET @@global.event_scheduler = 0;

Although ON and OFF have numeric equivalents, the value displayed for event_scheduler by SELECT or SHOW VARIABLES is always one of OFF, ON, or DISABLED. DISABLED has no numeric equivalent. For this reason, ON and OFF are usually preferred over 1 and 0 when setting this variable.

Note that attempting to set event_scheduler without specifying it as a global variable causes an error:

mysql< SET @@event_scheduler = OFF;
ERROR 1229 (HY000): Variable 'event_scheduler' is a GLOBAL
variable and should be set with SET GLOBAL


It is possible to set the Event Scheduler to DISABLED only at server startup. If event_scheduler is ON or OFF, you cannot set it to DISABLED at runtime. Also, if the Event Scheduler is set to DISABLED at startup, you cannot change the value of event_scheduler at runtime.

To disable the event scheduler, use one of the following two methods:

  • As a command-line option when starting the server:

  • In the server configuration file (my.cnf, or my.ini on Windows systems), include the line where it will be read by the server (for example, in a [mysqld] section):


To enable the Event Scheduler, restart the server without the --event-scheduler=DISABLED command-line option, or after removing or commenting out the line containing event_scheduler=DISABLED in the server configuration file, as appropriate. Alternatively, you can use ON (or 1) or OFF (or 0) in place of the DISABLED value when starting the server.


You can issue event-manipulation statements when event_scheduler is set to DISABLED. No warnings or errors are generated in such cases (provided that the statements are themselves valid). However, scheduled events cannot execute until this variable is set to ON (or 1). Once this has been done, the event scheduler thread executes all events whose scheduling conditions are satisfied.

In MySQL 5.1.11, event_scheduler behaved as follows: this variable could take one of the values 0 (or OFF), 1 (or ON), or 2. Setting it to 0 turned event scheduling off, so that the event scheduler thread did not run; the event_scheduler variable could not be set to this value while the server was running. Setting it to 1 so that the event scheduler thread ran and executed scheduled events. In this state, the event scheduler thread appeared to be sleeping when viewed with SHOW PROCESSLIST. When event_scheduler was set to 2 (which was the default value), the Event Scheduler was considered to be “suspended”; the event scheduler thread ran and could be seen in the output of SHOW PROCESSLIST (where Suspended was displayed in the State column), but did not execute any scheduled events. The value of event_scheduler could be changed only between 1 (or ON) and 2 while the server was running. Setting it to 0 (or OFF) required a server restart, as did changing its value from 0 (or OFF) to 1 (or ON) or 2.

Prior to MySQL 5.1.11, event_scheduler could take one of only the 2 values 0|OFF or 1|ON, and the default value was 0|OFF. It was also possible to start and stop the event scheduler thread while the MySQL server was running.

For more information concerning the reasons for these changes in behaviour, see Bug#17619.

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.17, starting the MySQL server with the --skip-grant-tables option causes event_scheduler to be set to DISABLED, overriding any other value set either on the command line or in the my.cnf or my.ini file (Bug#26807).

For SQL statements used to create, alter, and drop events, see Section 25.2, “Event Scheduler Syntax”.

MySQL 5.1.6 and later provides an EVENTS table in the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database. This table can be queried to obtain information about scheduled events which have been defined on the server. See Section 25.3, “Event Metadata”, and Section 27.20, “The INFORMATION_SCHEMA EVENTS Table”, for more information.

For information regarding event scheduling and the MySQL privilege system, see Section 25.5, “The Event Scheduler and MySQL Privileges”.

25.2. Event Scheduler Syntax

MySQL 5.1.6 and later provides several SQL statements for working with scheduled events:

25.2.1. ALTER EVENT Syntax

    [DEFINER = { user | CURRENT_USER }]
    EVENT event_name
    [ON SCHEDULE schedule]
    [RENAME TO new_event_name]
    [COMMENT 'comment']
    [DO sql_statement]

The ALTER EVENT statement is used to change one or more of the characteristics of an existing event without the need to drop and recreate it. The syntax for each of the DEFINER, ON SCHEDULE, ON COMPLETION, COMMENT, ENABLE / DISABLE, and DO clauses is exactly the same as when used with CREATE EVENT. (See Section 25.2.2, “CREATE EVENT Syntax”.)

Support for the DEFINER clause was added in MySQL 5.1.17.

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.12, any user can alter an event defined on a database for which that user has the EVENT privilege. When a user executes a successful ALTER EVENT statement, that user becomes the definer for the affected event.

(In MySQL 5.1.11 and earlier, an event could be altered only by its definer, or by a user having the SUPER privilege.)

ALTER EVENT works only with an existing event:

mysql> ALTER EVENT no_such_event 
     >     ON SCHEDULE 
     >       EVERY '2:3' DAY_HOUR;
ERROR 1517 (HY000): Unknown event 'no_such_event'

In each of the following examples, assume that the event named myevent is defined as shown here:

      EVERY 6 HOUR
    COMMENT 'A sample comment.'
      UPDATE myschema.mytable SET mycol = mycol + 1;

The following statement changes the schedule for myevent from once every six hours starting immediately to once every twelve hours, starting four hours from the time the statement is run:

      EVERY 12 HOUR 

It is possible to change multiple characteristics of an event in a single statement. This example changes the SQL statement executed by myevent to one that deletes all records from mytable; it also changes the schedule for the event such that it executes once, one day after this ALTER EVENT statement is run.

      TRUNCATE TABLE myschema.mytable;

It is necessary to include only those options in an ALTER EVENT statement which correspond to characteristics that you actually wish to change; options which are omitted retain their existing values. This includes any default values for CREATE EVENT such as ENABLE.

To disable myevent, use this ALTER EVENT statement:


The ON SCHEDULE clause may use expressions involving built-in MySQL functions and user variables to obtain any of the timestamp or interval values which it contains. You may not use stored routines or user-defined functions in such expressions, nor may you use any table references; however, you may use SELECT FROM DUAL. This is true for both ALTER EVENT and CREATE EVENT statements. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.13, references to stored routines, user-defined functions, and tables in such cases are specifically disallowed, and fail with an error (see Bug#22830).

An ALTER EVENT statement that contains another ALTER EVENT statement in its DO clause appears to succeed; however, when the server attempts to execute the resulting scheduled event, the execution fails with an error.

To rename an event, use the ALTER EVENT statement's RENAME TO clause. This statement renames the event myevent to yourevent:

    RENAME TO yourevent;

You can also move an event to a different database using ALTER EVENT ... RENAME TO ... and db_name.event_name notation, as shown here:

ALTER EVENT olddb.myevent
    RENAME TO newdb.myevent;

To execute the previous statement, the user executing it must have the EVENT privilege on both the olddb and newdb databases.


There is no RENAME EVENT statement.

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.18, a third value may also appear in place of ENABLED or DISABLED; DISABLE ON SLAVE is used on a replication slave to indicate an event which was created on the master and replicated to the slave, but which is not executed on the slave. Normally, DISABLE ON SLAVE is set automatically as required; however, there are some circumstances under which you may want or need to change it manually. See Section, “Replication of Invoked Features”, for more information.

25.2.2. CREATE EVENT Syntax

    [DEFINER = { user | CURRENT_USER }]
    ON SCHEDULE schedule
    [COMMENT 'comment']
    DO sql_statement;

    AT timestamp [+ INTERVAL interval] ...
  | EVERY interval 
    [STARTS timestamp [+ INTERVAL interval] ...] 
    [ENDS timestamp [+ INTERVAL interval] ...]

    quantity {YEAR | QUARTER | MONTH | DAY | HOUR | MINUTE |

This statement creates and schedules a new event. The minimum requirements for a valid CREATE EVENT statement are as follows:

  • The keywords CREATE EVENT plus an event name, which uniquely identifies the event in the current schema. (Prior to MySQL 5.1.12, the event name needed to be unique only among events created by the same user on a given database.)

  • An ON SCHEDULE clause, which determines when and how often the event executes.

  • A DO clause, which contains the SQL statement to be executed by an event.

This is an example of a minimal CREATE EVENT statement:

      UPDATE myschema.mytable SET mycol = mycol + 1;

The previous statement creates an event named myevent. This event executes once — one hour following its creation — by running an SQL statement that increments the value of the myschema.mytable table's mycol column by 1.

The event_name must be a valid MySQL identifier with a maximum length of 64 characters. It may be delimited using back ticks, and may be qualified with the name of a database schema. An event is associated with both a MySQL user (the definer) and a schema, and its name must be unique among names of events within that schema. In general, the rules governing event names are the same as those for names of stored routines. See Section 8.2, “Schema Object Names”.

If no schema is indicated as part of event_name, the default (current) schema is assumed.


MySQL uses case-insensitive comparisons when checking for the uniqueness of event names. This means that, for example, you cannot have two events named myevent and MyEvent in the same database schema.

The DEFINER clause specifies the MySQL account to be used when checking access privileges at event execution time. If a user value is given, it should be a MySQL account in 'user_name'@'host_name' format (the same format used in the GRANT statement). The user_name and host_name values both are required. The definer can also be given as CURRENT_USER or CURRENT_USER(). The default DEFINER value is the user who executes the CREATE EVENT statement. (This is the same as DEFINER = CURRENT_USER.)

The DEFINER clause was added in MySQL 5.1.17. (Prior to MySQL 5.1.12, it was possible for two different users to create different events having the same name on the same database schema.)

IF NOT EXISTS has the same meaning for CREATE EVENT as for CREATE TABLE: If an event named event_name already exists in the same schema, no action is taken, and no error results. (However, a warning is generated in such cases.)

The ON SCHEDULE clause determines when, how often, and for how long the sql_statement defined for the event repeats. This clause takes one of two forms:

  • AT timestamp is used for a one-time event. It specifies that the event executes one time only at the date and time given by timestamp, which must include both the date and time, or must be an expression that resolves to a datetime value. You may use a value of either the DATETIME or TIMESTAMP type for this purpose. If the date is in the past, a warning occurs, as shown here:

    mysql> SELECT NOW();
    | NOW()               |
    | 2006-02-10 23:59:01 |
    1 row in set (0.04 sec)
    mysql> CREATE EVENT e_totals
        ->     ON SCHEDULE AT '2006-02-10 23:59:00'
        ->     DO INSERT INTO test.totals VALUES (NOW());
    Query OK, 0 rows affected, 1 warning (0.00 sec)
    mysql> SHOW WARNINGS\G
    *************************** 1. row ***************************
      Level: Note
       Code: 1588
    Message: Event execution time is in the past and ON COMPLETION NOT
             PRESERVE is set. The event was dropped immediately after

    CREATE EVENT statements which are themselves invalid — for whatever reason — fail with an error.

    You may use CURRENT_TIMESTAMP to specify the current date and time. In such a case, the event acts as soon as it is created.

    To create an event which occurs at some point in the future relative to the current date and time — such as that expressed by the phrase “three weeks from now” — you can use the optional clause + INTERVAL interval. The interval portion consists of two parts, a quantity and a unit of time, and follows the same syntax rules that govern intervals used in the DATE_ADD() function (see Section 11.6, “Date and Time Functions”. The units keywords are also the same, except that you cannot use any units involving microseconds when defining an event. With some interval types, complex time units may be used. For example, “two minutes and ten seconds” can be expressed as + INTERVAL '2:10' MINUTE_SECOND.

    You can also combine intervals. For example, AT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP + INTERVAL 3 WEEK + INTERVAL 2 DAY is equivalent to “three weeks and two days from now”. Each portion of such a clause must begin with + INTERVAL.

  • To repeat actions at a regular interval, use an EVERY clause. The EVERY keyword is followed by an interval as described in the previous dicussion of the AT keyword. (+ INTERVAL is not used with EVERY.) For example, EVERY 6 WEEK means “every six weeks”.

    Although + INTERVAL clauses are not allowed in an EVERY clause, you can use the same complex time units allowed in a + INTERVAL.

    An EVERY clause may also contain an optional STARTS clause. STARTS is followed by a timestamp value which indicates when the action should begin repeating, and may also use + INTERVAL interval in order to specify an amount of time “from now”. For example, EVERY 3 MONTH STARTS CURRENT_TIMESTAMP + 1 WEEK means “every three months, beginning one week from now”. Similarly, you can express “every two weeks, beginning six hours and fifteen minutes from now” as EVERY 2 WEEK STARTS CURRENT_TIMESTAMP + INTERVAL '6:15' HOUR_MINUTE. Not specifying STARTS is the same as using STARTS CURRENT_TIMESTAMP — that is, the action specified for the event begins repeating immediately upon creation of the event.

    An EVERY clause may also contain an optional ENDS clause. The ENDS keyword is followed by a timestamp value which tells MySQL when the event should stop repeating. You may also use + INTERVAL interval with ENDS; for instance, EVERY 12 HOUR STARTS CURRENT_TIMESTAMP + INTERVAL 30 MINUTE ENDS CURRENT_TIMESTAMP + INTERVAL 4 WEEK is equivalent to “every twelve hours, beginning thirty minutes from now, and ending four weeks from now”. Not using ENDS means that the event continues executing indefinitely.

    ENDS supports the same syntax for complex time units as STARTS does.

    You may use STARTS, ENDS, both, or neither in an EVERY clause.


    Beginning with MySQL 5.1.17, STARTS or ENDS uses the MySQL server's local time zone, as shown in the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.EVENTS and mysql.event tables, as well as in the output of SHOW EVENTS. Previously, this information was stored using UTC (Bug#16420).

    Due to this change, the mysql.event table must be updated before events created in earlier releases can be created, altered, viewed, or used in MySQL 5.1.17 or later. You can use mysql_upgrade for this (see Section 4.4.8, “mysql_upgrade — Check Tables for MySQL Upgrade”).

    See Section 27.20, “The INFORMATION_SCHEMA EVENTS Table”, and Section, “SHOW EVENTS for information about columns added in MySQL 5.1.17 to accomodate these changes.

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.18, a third value may also appear in place of ENABLED or DISABLED; DISABLE ON SLAVE is set for the status of an event on a replication slave to indicate that the event was created on the master and replicated to the slave, but is not executed on the slave. See Section, “Replication of Invoked Features”.

The ON SCHEDULE clause may use expressions involving built-in MySQL functions and user variables to obtain any of the timestamp or interval values which it contains. You may not use stored functions or user-defined functions in such expressions, nor may you use any table references; however, you may use SELECT FROM DUAL. This is true for both CREATE EVENT and ALTER EVENT statements. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.13, references to stored functions, user-defined functions, and tables in such cases are specifically disallowed, and fail with an error (see Bug#22830).

Normally, once an event has expired, it is immediately dropped. You can override this behavior by specifying ON COMPLETION PRESERVE. Using ON COMPLETION NOT PRESERVE merely makes the default non-persistent behavior explicit.

You can create an event but keep it from being active using the DISABLE keyword. Alternatively, you may use ENABLE to make explicit the default status, which is active. This is most useful in conjunction with ALTER EVENT (see Section 25.2.1, “ALTER EVENT Syntax”).

You may supply a comment for an event using a COMMENT clause. comment may be any string of up to 64 characters that you wish to use for describing the event. The comment text, being a string literal, must be surrounded by quotation marks.

The DO clause specifies an action carried by the event, and consists of an SQL statement. Nearly any valid MySQL statement which can be used in a stored routine can also be used as the action statement for a scheduled event. (See Section D.1, “Restrictions on Stored Routines, Triggers, and Events”.) For example, the following event e_hourly deletes all rows from the sessions table once per hour, where this table is part of the site_activity schema:

      EVERY 1 HOUR
    COMMENT 'Clears out sessions table each hour.'
      DELETE FROM site_activity.sessions;

MySQL stores the sql_mode system variable setting that is in effect at the time an event is created, and always executes the event with this setting in force, regardless of the current server SQL mode.

A CREATE EVENT statement that contains an ALTER EVENT statement in its DO clause appears to succeed; however, when the server attempts to execute the resulting scheduled event, the execution fails with an error.


Statements such as SELECT or SHOW that merely return a result set have no effect when used in an event; the output from these is not sent to the MySQL Monitor, nor is it stored anywhere. However, you can use statements such as SELECT ... INTO and INSERT INTO ... SELECT that store a result. (See the next example in this section for an instance of the latter.)

The schema to which an event belongs is the default schema for table references in the DO clause. Any references to tables in other schemas must be qualified with the proper schema name. (In MySQL 5.1.6, all tables referenced in event DO clauses had to include a reference to the schema.)

As with stored routines, you can use compound-statement syntax in the DO clause by using the BEGIN and END keywords, as shown here:


      EVERY 1 DAY
    COMMENT 'Saves total number of sessions then clears the table each day.'
        INSERT INTO site_activity.totals (when, total)
            FROM site_activity.sessions;
        DELETE FROM site_activity.sessions;
      END |


Note the use of the DELIMITER command to change the statement delimiter, as with stored routines. See Section 23.2.2, “CREATE PROCEDURE and CREATE FUNCTION Syntax”.

More complex compound statements, such as those used in stored routines, are possible in an event. This example uses local variables, an error handler, and a flow control construct:



        SET v = 0;

        WHILE v < 5 DO
          INSERT INTO t1 VALUES (0);
          UPDATE t2 SET s1 = s1 + 1;
          SET v = v + 1;
        END WHILE;
    END |


There is no way to pass parameters directly to or from events; however, it is possible to invoke a stored routine with parameters:

CREATE EVENT e_call_myproc
    DO CALL myproc(5, 27); 

In addition, if the event's definer has the SUPER privilege, that event may read and write global variables. As granting this privilege entails a potential for abuse, extreme care must be taken in doing so.

Generally, any statements which are valid in stored routines may be used for action statements executed by events. For more information about statements allowable within stored routines, see Section 23.2, “Stored Routine Syntax”. You can create an event as part of a stored routine, but an event cannot be created by another event.

25.2.3. DROP EVENT Syntax


This statement drops the event named event_name. The event immediately ceases being active, and is deleted completely from the server.

If the event does not exist, the error ERROR 1517 (HY000): Unknown event 'event_name' results. You can override this and cause the statement to generate a warning for non-existent events instead using IF EXISTS.

Beginning with MySQL 5.1.12, an event can be dropped by any user having the EVENT privilege on the database schema to which the event to be dropped belongs. (In MySQL 5.1.11 and earlier, an event could be dropped only by its definer, or by a user having the SUPER privilege.)

25.3. Event Metadata

Information about events can be obtained as follows:

25.4. Event Scheduler Status

Information about the state of the Event Scheduler for debugging and troubleshooting purposes can be obtained as follows:

  • In MySQL 5.1.11 -debug builds, you can use the SHOW SCHEDULER STATUS statement; see Section, “SHOW SCHEDULER STATUS Syntax”.


    This statement was removed in MySQL 5.1.12. We intend to implement an SQL statement providing similar functionality in a future MySQL release.

  • Beginning with MySQL 5.1.12, event scheduler status information can be obtained by running mysqladmin debug (see Section 4.5.2, “mysqladmin — Client for Administering a MySQL Server”); after running this command, the error log contains output relating to the Event Scheduler, similar to what is shown here:

    Events status:
    LLA = Last Locked At  LUA = Last Unlocked At
    WOC = Waiting On Condition  DL = Data Locked
    Event scheduler status:
    State      : INITIALIZED
    Thread id  : 0
    LLA        : init_scheduler:313
    LUA        : init_scheduler:318
    WOC        : NO
    Workers    : 0
    Executed   : 0
    Data locked: NO
    Event queue status:
    Element count   : 1
    Data locked     : NO
    Attempting lock : NO
    LLA             : init_queue:148
    LUA             : init_queue:168
    WOC             : NO
    Next activation : 0000-00-00 00:00:00

25.5. The Event Scheduler and MySQL Privileges

To enable or disable the execution of scheduled events, it is necessary to set the value of the global event_scheduler system variable. This requires the SUPER privilege.

MySQL 5.1.6 introduces a privilege governing the creation, modification, and deletion of events, the EVENT privilege. This privilege can be bestowed using GRANT. For example, this GRANT statement confers the EVENT privilege for the schema named myschema on the user jon@ghidora:

GRANT EVENT ON myschema.* TO jon@ghidora;

(We assume that this user account already exists, and that we wish for it to remain unchanged otherwise.)

To grant this same user the EVENT privilege on all schemas, use the following statement:

GRANT EVENT ON *.* TO jon@ghidora;

The EVENT privilege has global or schema-level scope. Therefore, trying to grant it on a single table results in an error as shown:

mysql> GRANT EVENT ON myschema.mytable TO jon@ghidora;
ERROR 1144 (42000): Illegal GRANT/REVOKE command; please
consult the manual to see which privileges can be used

It is important to understand that an event is executed with the privileges of its definer, and that it cannot perform any actions for which its definer does not have the requisite privileges. For example, suppose that jon@ghidora has the EVENT privilege for myschema. Suppose also that this user has the SELECT privilege for myschema, but no other privileges for this schema. It is possible for jon@ghidora to create a new event such as this one:

CREATE EVENT e_store_ts
      INSERT INTO myschema.mytable VALUES (UNIX_TIMESTAMP());

The user waits for a minute or so, and then performs a SELECT * FROM mytable; query, expecting to see several new rows in the table. Instead, he finds that the table is empty. Since he does not have the INSERT privilege for the table in question, the event has no effect.

If you inspect the MySQL error log (hostname.err), you can see that the event is executing, but the action it is attempting to perform fails, as indicated by RetCode=0:

060209 22:39:44 [Note]     EVEX EXECUTING event newdb.e [EXPR:10]
060209 22:39:44 [Note]     EVEX EXECUTED event newdb.e  [EXPR:10]. RetCode=0
060209 22:39:54 [Note]     EVEX EXECUTING event newdb.e [EXPR:10]
060209 22:39:54 [Note]     EVEX EXECUTED event newdb.e  [EXPR:10]. RetCode=0
060209 22:40:04 [Note]     EVEX EXECUTING event newdb.e [EXPR:10]
060209 22:40:04 [Note]     EVEX EXECUTED event newdb.e  [EXPR:10]. RetCode=0

Since this user very likely does not have access to the error log, he can verify whether the event's action statement is valid by running it himself:

mysql> INSERT INTO myschema.mytable VALUES (UNIX_TIMESTAMP());
ERROR 1142 (42000): INSERT command denied to user 
'jon'@'ghidora' for table 'mytable'

Inspection of the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.EVENTS table shows that e_store_ts exists and is enabled, but its LAST_EXECUTED column is NULL:

     >     WHERE EVENT_NAME='e_store_ts'
     >     AND EVENT_SCHEMA='myschema'\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
    EVENT_SCHEMA: myschema
      EVENT_NAME: e_store_ts
         DEFINER: jon@ghidora
        SQL_MODE: NULL
          STARTS: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
            ENDS: 0000-00-00 00:00:00
         CREATED: 2006-02-09 22:36:06
    LAST_ALTERED: 2006-02-09 22:36:06
1 row in set (0.00 sec)


Prior to MySQL 5.1.12, there was no EVENT_DEFINITION column, and EVENT_BODY contained the SQL statement or statements to be executed. See Section 27.20, “The INFORMATION_SCHEMA EVENTS Table”, for more information.

To rescind the EVENT privilege, use the REVOKE statement. In this example, the EVENT privilege on the schema myschema is removed from the jon@ghidora user account:

REVOKE EVENT ON myschema.* FROM jon@ghidora;


Revoking the EVENT privilege from a user does not delete or disable any events that may have been created by that user.

An event is not migrated or dropped as a result of renaming or dropping the user who created it.

For example, suppose that the user jon@ghidora has been granted the EVENT and INSERT privileges on the myschema schema. This user then creates the following event:

      INSERT INTO myschema.mytable;

After this event has been created, root revokes the EVENT privilege for jon@ghidora. However, e_insert continues to execute, inserting a new row into mytable each seven seconds. The same would be true if root had issued either of these statements:

  • DROP USER jon@ghidora;

  • RENAME USER jon@ghidora TO someotherguy@ghidora;

You can verify that this is true by examining the mysql.event table (discussed later in this section) or the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.EVENTS table (see Section 27.20, “The INFORMATION_SCHEMA EVENTS Table”) before and after issuing a DROP USER or RENAME USER statement.

Event definitions are stored in the mysql.event table, which was added in MySQL 5.1.6. To drop an event created by another user account, the MySQL root user (or another user with the necessary privileges) can delete rows from this table. For example, to remove the event e_insert shown previously, root can use the following statement:

DELETE FROM mysql.event
    WHERE db = 'myschema' 
      AND definer = 'jon@ghidora' 
      AND name = 'e_insert';

It is very important to match the event name, database schema name, and user account when deleting rows from the mysql.event table. This is because the same user can create different events of the same name in different schemas.


The namespace for scheduled events changed in MySQL 5.1.12. Prior to that MySQL version, different users could create different events having the same name in the same database; in MySQL 5.1.12 and later, that is no longer the case. When upgrading to MySQL 5.1.12 or later from MySQL 5.1.11 or earlier, it is extremely important to make sure that no events in the same database share the same name, prior to performing the upgrade.

Users' EVENT privileges are stored in the Event_priv columns of the mysql.user and mysql.db tables. In both cases, this column holds one of the values 'Y' or 'N'. 'N' is the default. mysql.user.Event_priv is set to 'Y' for a given user only if that user has the global EVENT privilege (that is, if the privilege was bestowed using GRANT EVENT ON *.*). For a schema-level EVENT privilege, GRANT creates a row in mysql.db and sets that row's Db column to the name of the schema, the User column to the name of the user, and the Event_priv column to 'Y'. There should never be any need to manipulate these tables directly, since the GRANT EVENT and REVOKE EVENT statement perform the required operations on them.

MySQL 5.1.6 introduces five status variables providing counts of event-related operations (but not of statements executed by events — see Section 25.6, “Event Scheduler Limitations and Restrictions”). These are:

  • Com_create_event: The number of CREATE EVENT statements executed since the last server restart.

  • Com_alter_event: The number of ALTER EVENT statements executed since the last server restart.

  • Com_drop_event: The number of DROP EVENT statements executed since the last server restart.

  • Com_show_create_event: The number of SHOW CREATE EVENT statements executed since the last server restart.

  • Com_show_events: The number of SHOW EVENTS statements executed since the last server restart.

You can view current values for all of these at one time by running the statement SHOW STATUS LIKE '%event%';.

25.6. Event Scheduler Limitations and Restrictions

This section lists restrictions and limitations applying to event scheduling in MySQL 5.1.

Qualification of identifiers.  In MySQL 5.1.6 only, any table referenced in an event's action statement must be fully qualified with the name of the schema in which it occurs (that is, as schema_name.table_name).

Case sensitivity of event identifiers.  Beginning with MySQL 5.1.8, event names are handled in case-insensitive fashion. For example, this means that you cannot have two events in the same database (and — prior to MySQL 5.1.12 — with the same definer) with the names anEvent and AnEvent.


If you have events created in MySQL 5.1.7 or earlier which are assigned to the same database and have the same definer, and whose names differ only with respect to lettercase, then you must rename these events to respect case-sensitive handling before upgrading to MySQL 5.1.8 or later.

Modification of events by stored routines and triggers.  An event may not be created, altered, or dropped by a trigger, stored routine, or another event. An event also may not create, alter, or drop triggers or stored routines. (Bug#16409, Bug#18896)

Resolution of event timings.  Event timings using the intervals YEAR, QUARTER, MONTH, and YEAR_MONTH are resolved in months; those using any other interval are resolved in seconds. There is no way to cause events scheduled to occur at the same second to execute in a given order. In addition — due to rounding, the nature of threaded applications, and the fact that a non-zero length of time is required to create events and to signal their execution — events may be delayed by as much as 1 or 2 seconds. However, the time shown in the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.EVENTS table's LAST_EXECUTED column or the mysql.event table's last_executed column is always accurate to within one second of the time the event was actually executed. (See also Bug#16522.)

Effects on statement counts.  Each execution of the statements contained in the body of an event takes place in a new connection; thus, these statements has no effect in a given user session on the server's statement counts such as Com_select and Com_insert that are displayed by SHOW STATUS. However, such counts are updated in the global scope. (Bug#16422)

Visibility of events belonging to other users.  Prior to MySQL 5.1.12, you could not view another user's events in the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.EVENTS table. In other words, any query made against this table was treated as though it contained the condition DEFINER = CURRENT_USER() in the WHERE clause.

Start times.  Events cannot be created with a start time that is in the past.

Latest time supported.  Events do not support times later than the end of the Unix Epoch; this is approximately the beginning of the year 2038. Prior to MySQL 5.1.8, handling in scheduled events of dates later than this was buggy; starting with MySQL 5.1.8, such dates are specifically disallowed by the Event Scheduler. (Bug#16396)

Server SQL mode.  In MySQL 5.1.6, INFORMATION_SCHEMA.EVENTS shows NULL in the SQL_MODE column. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.7, the SQL_MODE displayed is that in effect when the event was created.

Dropping or altering events.  In MySQL 5.1.6, the only way to drop or alter an event created by a user who was not the definer of that event was by manipulation of the mysql.event system table by the MySQL root user or by another user with privileges on this table. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.7, DROP USER drops all events for which that user was the definer; also beginning with MySQL 5.1.7 DROP SCHEMA drops all events associated with the dropped schema.

Database object references in ON SCHEDULE clauses.  References to stored functions, user-defined functions, and tables in the ON SCHEDULE clauses of CREATE EVENT and ALTER EVENT statements are not supported. Beginning with MySQL 5.1.13, these sorts of references are disallowed. (See Bug#22830 for more information.)

Disallowed statements.  Generally speaking, statements which are not permitted in stored routines or in SQL prepared statements are also not allowed in the body of an event. See Section D.1, “Restrictions on Stored Routines, Triggers, and Events”, and Section 12.7, “SQL Syntax for Prepared Statements”, for more information.

Upgrading to MySQL 5.1.18 or later.  When upgrading to MySQL 5.1.18 or later from a previous MySQL version where scheduled events were in use, the upgrade utilities mysql_upgrade and mysql_fix_privilege_tables do not accomodate changes in system tables relating to the Event Scheduler. As a workaround, you can dump events before the upgrade, then restore them from the dump afterwards. This issue was fixed in MySQL 5.1.20 (see Bug#28521).