Using MySQL Shell 8.0.11 “upgrade checker” to upgrade from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0 successfully

We are really excited about MySQL 8.0 new features ( and our consultants spend several hours weekly, testing new features and doing research on how best we can create value for our customers from having those in production. Being an pure-play MySQL consulting, support and remote DBA services company, We are fully accountable for our customer database infrastructure operations performance, scalability, high availability and reliability.  As we are aggressive about gaining maximum results from MySQL 8 investments made by our customers, We are equally conservative (our customer data reliability is critical for us !)  on adopting new features, until we are fully confident after several rounds of testing (at different scales on multiple platforms) and technical review (we engage both internal and external consultants for acceptance) and acceptance before deployment in production infrastructure. In the previous versions of MySQL, before every upgrade our consultants manually spend several hours testing compatibility but MySQL 8 made this simple by introducing “upgrade checker” javascript with MySQL Shell 8.0.11 , In this blog we are writing about “upgrade checker” utility and upgrade from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0 .

Using MySQL Shell 8.0.11 “upgrade checker

Typical “upgrade checker” run will look similar to this:

At the end,  “upgrade checker” prints a summary and returns an integer value describing he severity of the issues found:

  • 0 – no issues or only ones categorized as notice,
  • 1 – No fatal errors were found, but some potential issues were detected,
  • 2 – UC found errors that must be fixed before upgrading to 8.0.

Upgrade from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0

Step 1 – Uninstall MySQL 5.7 

Step 2 – Install MySQL 8.0

Step 3- Start MySQL 8.0

Step 4 – Run “mysql_upgrade” , mysql_upgrade checks for all tables in all databases for incompatibilities with the current version of MySQL Server, it also upgrades the system tables so that you can take advantage of new privileges or capabilities that might have been added.


Success 😊👍 , You have successfully completed upgrade from MySQL 5.7 to MySQL 8.0 .

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