Galera Monitor

Galera Monitor


The Galera Monitor is a monitoring module for MaxScale that monitors a Galera cluster. It detects whether nodes are a part of the cluster and if they are in sync with the rest of the cluster. It can also assign master and slave roles inside MaxScale, allowing Galera clusters to be used with modules designed for traditional master-slave clusters.

By default, the Galera Monitor will choose the node with the lowest wsrep_local_index value as the master. This will mean that two MaxScales running on different servers will choose the same server as the master.

Galera clusters and slaves replicating from it

MaxScale 2.4.0 added support for slaves replicating off of Galera nodes. If a non-Galera server monitored by galeramon is replicating from a Galera node also monitored by galeramon, it will be assigned the Slave, Running status as long as the replication works. This allows read-scaleout with Galera servers without increasing the size of the Galera cluster.


A minimal configuration for a monitor requires a set of servers for monitoring and a username and a password to connect to these servers. The user requires the REPLICATION CLIENT privilege to successfully monitor the state of the servers.


Common Monitor Parameters

For a list of optional parameters that all monitors support, read the Monitor Common document.

Galera Monitor optional parameters

These are optional parameters specific to the Galera Monitor.


If a node marked as master inside MaxScale happens to fail and the master status is assigned to another node MaxScale will normally return the master status to the original node after it comes back up. With this option enabled, if the master status is assigned to a new node it will not be reassigned to the original node for as long as the new master node is running.



This option allows Galera nodes to be used normally when they are donors in an SST operation when the SST method is non-blocking (e.g. wsrep_sst_method=mariabackup).

Normally when an SST is performed, both participating nodes lose their Synced, Master or Slave statuses. When this option is enabled, the donor is treated as if it was a normal member of the cluster (i.e. wsrep_local_state = 4). This is especially useful if the cluster drops down to one node and an SST is required to increase the cluster size.

The current list of non-blocking SST methods are xtrabackup, xtrabackup-v2 and mariabackup. Read the wsrep_sst_method documentation for more details.



This disables the assignment of master and slave roles to the Galera cluster nodes. If this option is enabled, Synced is the only status assigned by this monitor.



Enable interaction with server priorities. This will allow the monitor to deterministically pick the write node for the monitored Galera cluster and will allow for controlled node replacement.



This option controls whether the write master Galera node requires a wsrep_local_index value of 0. This option was introduced in MaxScale 2.1.0 and it is disabled by default in versions 2.1.5 and newer. In versions 2.1.4 and older, the option was enabled by default.

A Galera cluster will always have a node which has a wsrep_local_index value of 0. Based on this information, multiple MaxScale instances can always pick the same node for writes.

If the root_node_as_master option is disabled for galeramon, the node with the lowest index will always be chosen as the master. If it is enabled, only the node with a a wsrep_local_index value of 0 can be chosen as the master.


This option controls whether the global variable wsrep_sst_donor should be set in each cluster node with slave' status. The variable contains a list of slave servers, automatically sorted, with possible master candidates at its end.

The sorting is based either on wsrep_local_index or node server priority depending on the value of use_priority option. If no server has priority defined the sorting switches to wsrep_local_index. Node names are collected by fetching the result of the variable wsrep_node_name.

Example of variable being set in all slave nodes, assuming three nodes:

SET GLOBAL wsrep_sst_donor = "galera001,galera000"

Note: in order to set the global variable wsrep_sst_donor, proper privileges are required for the monitor user that connects to cluster nodes. This option is disabled by default and was introduced in MaxScale 2.1.0.


Interaction with Server Priorities

If the use_priority option is set and a server is configured with the priority=<int> parameter, galeramon will use that as the basis on which the master node is chosen. This requires the disable_master_role_setting to be undefined or disabled. The server with the lowest positive value of priority will be chosen as the master node when a replacement Galera node is promoted to a master server inside MaxScale. If all candidate servers have the same priority, the order of the servers in the servers parameter dictates which is chosen as the master.

Nodes with a non-positive value (priority <= 0) will never be chosen as the master. This allows you to mark some servers as permanent slaves by assigning a non-positive value into priority.

Here is an example.





In this example node-1 is always used as the master if available. If node-1 is not available, then the next node with the highest priority rank is used. In this case it would be node-3. If both node-1 and node-3 were down, then node-2 would be used. Because node-4 has a value of 0 in priority, it will never be the master. Nodes without priority parameter are considered as having the lowest priority rank and will be used only if all nodes with priority parameter are not available.

With priority ranks you can control the order in which MaxScale chooses the master node. This will allow for a controlled failure and replacement of nodes.


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