Comparison of Aurora MySQL version 3 and MySQL 8.0 Community Edition - Amazon Aurora

Comparison of Aurora MySQL version 3 and MySQL 8.0 Community Edition

You can use the following information to learn about the changes to be aware of when you convert from a different MySQL 8.0–compatible system to Aurora MySQL version 3.

In general, Aurora MySQL version 3 supports the feature set of community MySQL 8.0.23. Some new features from MySQL 8.0 community edition don't apply to Aurora MySQL. Some of those features aren't compatible with some aspect of Aurora, such as the Aurora storage architecture. Other features aren't needed because the Amazon RDS management service provides equivalent functionality. The following features in community MySQL 8.0 aren't supported or work differently in Aurora MySQL version 3.

For release notes for all Aurora MySQL version 3 releases, see Database engine updates for Amazon Aurora MySQL version 3 in the Release Notes for Aurora MySQL.

MySQL 8.0 features not available in Aurora MySQL version 3

The following features from community MySQL 8.0 aren't available or work differently in Aurora MySQL version 3.

  • Resource groups and associated SQL statements aren't supported in Aurora MySQL.

  • Aurora MySQL doesn't support user-defined undo tablespaces and associated SQL statements, such as CREATE UNDO TABLESPACE, ALTER UNDO TABLESPACE ... SET INACTIVE, and DROP UNDO TABLESPACE.

  • Aurora MySQL doesn't support undo tablespace truncation for Aurora MySQL versions lower than 3.06. In Aurora MySQL version 3.06 and higher, automated undo tablespace truncation is supported.

  • You can't modify the settings of any MySQL plugins.

  • The X plugin isn't supported.

  • Multisource replication isn't supported.

Role-based privilege model

With Aurora MySQL version 3, you can't modify the tables in the mysql database directly. In particular, you can't set up users by inserting into the mysql.user table. Instead, you use SQL statements to grant role-based privileges. You also can't create other kinds of objects such as stored procedures in the mysql database. You can still query the mysql tables. If you use binary log replication, changes made directly to the mysql tables on the source cluster aren't replicated to the target cluster.

In some cases, your application might use shortcuts to create users or other objects by inserting into the mysql tables. If so, change your application code to use the corresponding statements such as CREATE USER. If your application creates stored procedures or other objects in the mysql database, use a different database instead.

To export metadata for database users during the migration from an external MySQL database, you can use a MySQL Shell command instead of mysqldump. For more information, see Instance Dump Utility, Schema Dump Utility, and Table Dump Utility.

To simplify managing permissions for many users or applications, you can use the CREATE ROLE statement to create a role that has a set of permissions. Then you can use the GRANT and SET ROLE statements and the current_role function to assign roles to users or applications, switch the current role, and check which roles are in effect. For more information on the role-based permission system in MySQL 8.0, see Using Roles in the MySQL Reference Manual.


We strongly recommend that you do not use the master user directly in your applications. Instead, adhere to the best practice of using a database user created with the minimal privileges required for your application.

Aurora MySQL version 3 includes a special role that has all of the following privileges. This role is named rds_superuser_role. The primary administrative user for each cluster already has this role granted. The rds_superuser_role role includes the following privileges for all database objects:












  • DROP
















  • SHOW_ROUTINE (Aurora MySQL version 3.04 and higher)





The role definition also includes WITH GRANT OPTION so that an administrative user can grant that role to other users. In particular, the administrator must grant any privileges needed to perform binary log replication with the Aurora MySQL cluster as the target.


To see the full details of the permissions, enter the following statements.

SHOW GRANTS FOR rds_superuser_role@'%'; SHOW GRANTS FOR name_of_administrative_user_for_your_cluster@'%';

Aurora MySQL version 3 also includes roles that you can use to access other AWS services. You can set these roles as an alternative to GRANT statements. For example, you specify GRANT AWS_LAMBDA_ACCESS TO user instead of GRANT INVOKE LAMBDA ON *.* TO user. For the procedures to access other AWS services, see Integrating Amazon Aurora MySQL with other AWS services. Aurora MySQL version 3 includes the following roles related to accessing other AWS services:

When you grant access by using roles in Aurora MySQL version 3, you also activate the role by using the SET ROLE role_name or SET ROLE ALL statement. The following example shows how. Substitute the appropriate role name for AWS_SELECT_S3_ACCESS.

# Grant role to user. mysql> GRANT AWS_SELECT_S3_ACCESS TO 'user'@'domain-or-ip-address' # Check the current roles for your user. In this case, the AWS_SELECT_S3_ACCESS role has not been activated. # Only the rds_superuser_role is currently in effect. mysql> SELECT CURRENT_ROLE(); +--------------------------+ | CURRENT_ROLE() | +--------------------------+ | `rds_superuser_role`@`%` | +--------------------------+ 1 row in set (0.00 sec) # Activate all roles associated with this user using SET ROLE. # You can activate specific roles or all roles. # In this case, the user only has 2 roles, so we specify ALL. mysql> SET ROLE ALL; Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec) # Verify role is now active mysql> SELECT CURRENT_ROLE(); +--------------------------------------------------+ | CURRENT_ROLE() | +--------------------------------------------------+ | `AWS_LAMBDA_ACCESS`@`%`,`rds_superuser_role`@`%` | +--------------------------------------------------+


In community MySQL 8.0, the default authentication plugin is caching_sha2_password. Aurora MySQL version 3 still uses the mysql_native_password plugin. You can't change the default_authentication_plugin setting.