The terms master and slave have historically been used in replication, but the terms terms primary and replica are now preferred. The old terms are used still used in parts of the documentation, and in MariaDB commands, although MariaDB 10.5 has begun the process of renaming. The documentation process is ongoing. See MDEV-18777 to follow progress on this effort.


START SLAVE ["connection_name"] [thread_type [, thread_type] ... ] [FOR CHANNEL "connection_name"]
START SLAVE ["connection_name"] [SQL_THREAD] UNTIL                
    MASTER_LOG_FILE = 'log_name', MASTER_LOG_POS = log_pos [FOR CHANNEL "connection_name"]
START SLAVE ["connection_name"] [SQL_THREAD] UNTIL
    RELAY_LOG_FILE = 'log_name', RELAY_LOG_POS = log_pos [FOR CHANNEL "connection_name"]
START SLAVE ["connection_name"] [SQL_THREAD] UNTIL
    MASTER_GTID_POS = <GTID position> [FOR CHANNEL "connection_name"]
START ALL SLAVES [thread_type [, thread_type]]

START REPLICA ["connection_name"] [thread_type [, thread_type] ... ] -- from 10.5.1
START REPLICA ["connection_name"] [SQL_THREAD] UNTIL                
    MASTER_LOG_FILE = 'log_name', MASTER_LOG_POS = log_pos -- from 10.5.1
START REPLICA ["connection_name"] [SQL_THREAD] UNTIL
    RELAY_LOG_FILE = 'log_name', RELAY_LOG_POS = log_pos -- from 10.5.1
START REPLICA ["connection_name"] [SQL_THREAD] UNTIL
    MASTER_GTID_POS = <GTID position> -- from 10.5.1
START ALL REPLICAS [thread_type [, thread_type]] -- from 10.5.1

thread_type: IO_THREAD | SQL_THREAD


START SLAVE (START REPLICA from MariaDB 10.5.1) with no thread_type options starts both of the replica threads (see replication). The I/O thread reads events from the primary server and stores them in the relay log. The SQL thread reads events from the relay log and executes them. START SLAVE requires the SUPER privilege, or, from MariaDB 10.5.2, the REPLICATION SLAVE ADMIN privilege.

If START SLAVE succeeds in starting the replica threads, it returns without any error. However, even in that case, it might be that the replica threads start and then later stop (for example, because they do not manage to connect to the primary or read its binary log, or some other problem). START SLAVE does not warn you about this. You must check the replica's error log for error messages generated by the replica threads, or check that they are running satisfactorily with SHOW SLAVE STATUS (SHOW REPLICA STATUS from MariaDB 10.5.1).


START SLAVE UNTIL refers to the SQL_THREAD replica position at which the SQL_THREAD replication will halt. If SQL_THREAD isn't specified both threads are started.

START SLAVE UNTIL master_gtid_pos=xxx is also supported. See Global Transaction ID/START SLAVE UNTIL master_gtid_pos=xxx for more details.


If there is only one nameless primary, or the default primary (as specified by the default_master_connection system variable) is intended, connection_name can be omitted. If provided, the START SLAVE statement will apply to the specified primary. connection_name is case-insensitive.

MariaDB starting with 10.7.0

The FOR CHANNEL keyword was added for MySQL compatibility. This is identical as using the channel_name directly after START SLAVE.


START ALL SLAVES starts all configured replicas (replicas with master_host not empty) that were not started before. It will give a note for all started connections. You can check the notes with SHOW WARNINGS.


MariaDB starting with 10.5.1

START REPLICA is an alias for START SLAVE from MariaDB 10.5.1.

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