MySQL Connector

MySQL is a Relational Database Management system (RDBMS) that consists of a multithreaded SQL server. It supports different back ends, several different client programs and libraries, administrative tools, and a wide range of application programming interfaces. 

In the OvalEdge application, MySQL Connector allows users to crawl and profile the datasets such as Tables, Columns, Views, Procedures, and Synonyms and helps build the data catalog and lineage.


Connector Capabilities

The following is the list of objects and data types supported by the MySQL connector.

Functionality Supported Objects

Tables, Table Columns, Views, Stored Procedures, 
Functions, Roles, Users, Permissions, Usage Statistics

Supported Datatypes:

int, tinyint, smallint, medium, bigint, float, double, decimal, date, datetime, timestamp, time, year, char, varchar
Profiler Table Profiling: Row count, Columns count, and View sample data
View Profiling: Row count,   Columns count, View sample data
Column Profiling: Min, Max, Null count, distinct, top 50 values
Full Profiling
Query Select, Insert, Update, Delete
Joins outside database
Group By
Order By
Lineage Table lineage 
Column lineage


The following are the prerequisites required for establishing a connection between the connector and the OvalEdge application. 

  1. Driver Details.
  2. Set up a Service account with the required permissions. 
  3. Configure environment variables (Optional).

Driver Details

Driver: MySQL 8.0.25 is recommended for use with MySQL Server 8.0, 5.7, and 5.6. Please upgrade to MySQL Connector 8.0.25







Note: By default the service account provided for the connector will be used for any query operations.   If the service account has to write privileges, then Insert/Update/Delete queries can be executed.     

Service Account  with Minimum Permissions

The following are the privileges required for a service account to crawl and profile the data.

Operation Minimum Access Permission
Connection Validation Select and Usage
Crawling Select and Usage 
Profiling  Read
Query execution Select

Establish Environment Variables (Optional)

This section describes the settings or instructions that users should be aware of prior to establishing a connection. If your environments have been configured, skip this step.

Configure Environment Names

The Environment Names allow users to select the environment configured for the specific connector from the dropdown list in the Add Connector pop-up window.
You might want to consider crawling the same schema in both stage and production environments for consistency. The typical environments for crawling are PROD, STG, or Temporary, and may also include QA or other environments. Additionally, crawling a temporary environment can be useful for schema comparisons, which can later be deleted, especially during application upgrade assistance. 
Steps to Configure the Environment

  1. Navigate to Administration > System Settings
  2. Select the Connector tab.
  3. Find the Key name “connector.environment”.
  4. Enter the desired environment values (PROD, STG) in the value column. 
  5. Click ✔ to save. 

Establish a connection

To establish a MySQL connection,

  1. Log into the OvalEdge application
  2. In the left menu, click on the Administration module name, and click on the Connectors sub-module name. The Connectors Information page is displayed.
  3. Click on + New Connector. The Add Connector pop-up window is displayed.
  4. Select the connection type as MySQL. The Add Connector with  MySQL-specific details are displayed.



Connector Type

By default, the selected connection type is displayed as MySQL. If required, the connection type can be changed, and depending on the connector selected, fields are displayed accordingly.

Connector Settings

SSL Enabled

SSL Enabled drop-down list allows you to select either true or false options.

License Add Ons

All the connectors will have a Base Connector License by default that allows you to crawl and profile to obtain the metadata and statistical information from a datasource. 

OvalEdge supports various License Add-Ons based on the connector’s functionality requirements.

  • Select the Auto Lineage Add-On license that enables the automatic construction of the Lineage of data objects for a connector with the Lineage feature. 
  • Select the Data Quality Add-On license to identify, report, and resolve the data quality issues for a connector whose data supports data quality, using DQ Rules/functions, Anomaly detection, Reports, and more.
  • Select the Data Access Add-On license that will enforce connector access via OvalEdge with Remote Data Access Management (RDAM) feature enabled

Connector Name*

Select a connection name for the MySQL database. Users can specify a reference name to identify the MySQL database connection in OvalEdge.

Example: MysQL_Connection_DB1

Connector Environment

The environment drop-down list allows you to select the environment configured for the connector from the drop-down list.

For example, PROD, or STG (based on the configured items in the OvalEdge configuration for the connector.environment).
The purpose of the environment field is to help you identify which connector is connecting what type of system environment (Production, STG, or QA).  
Note: The steps to set up environment variables are explained in the Prerequisite section.


Specify the name of the MySQL database instance server URL, which is accessible by the OvalEdge application. 

Format: <account>.mysqlcomputing.com


By default, port number 3306, related to the MySQL database, is displayed. If needed, a new port number can be provided.


Provide the name of the database that is associated with the MySQL connection, if necessary. It is a user-specified database name to crawl the metadata of selected connectors.


A JDBC driver is a Java library file with the extension .jar that connects to a database. The driver details associated with the MySQL database will be auto-populated by default.

Example: net..client.jdbc.SQLDriver


Enter the Service Account Username for the MySQL Server name.


Enter the password for the MySQL Server name.

Connection String

Set the Connection string toggle button to automatic, to get the details automatically from the credentials provided. Alternatively, you can manually enter the string.

Format: jdbc:MySql://{server}:3306/{sid}

Example: jdbc:MySql://oval.cvbnxxcvvwcraues.us-east-2.MySql.amazonaws.com:3306;database=customers

Plug-in Server

Enter the server name if you are running this as a plugin.

Plug-in Port

The port number on which the plugin is running.

Default Governance Roles

Default Governance Roles*

The admin will select a specific user or a  team from the governance roles (Steward, Custodian, Owner) that get assigned to the data asset.  The dropdown list displays all the configurable roles (single user or a team) as per the configurations made in the OvalEdge Security > Governance Roles.  

Admin Roles

Admin Roles*

Select the required admin roles for this connector.
  • To add Integration Admin Roles, search for or select one or more roles from the Integration Admin options, and then click on the Apply button. 
    The responsibility of the Integration Admin includes configuring crawling and profiling settings for the connector, as well as deleting connectors, schemas, or data objects.
  • To add Security and Governance Admin roles, search for or select one or more roles from the list, and then click on the Apply button. 
    The security and Governance Admin is responsible for:
    • Configure role permissions for the connector and its associated data objects.
    • Add admins to set permissions for roles on the connector and its associated data objects.
    • Update governance roles.
    • Create custom fields.
    • Develop Service Request templates for the connector.
    • Create Approval workflows for the templates.

No of archive objects*

It is the number of last modifications made in the metadata data of a dataset at Remote/source. By default, the number of archive objects is set to disable mode.

Click on the Archive toggle button and enter the number of objects wish to archive.

For example, if a user updates the count as 4, the connection is crawled. It will provide the last 4 changes that occurred in the remote/source of the connector. You can observe these changes in the ‘version’ column of the ‘Metadata Changes’ module. 

Select Bridge

With the OvalEdge Bridge component, any cloud-hosted server can connect with any on-premise or public cloud data sources without modifying firewall rules. A bridge provides real-time control that makes managing data movement between any source and destination easy.

For more information, refer to Bridge Overview.

When the bridge is configured and added, the Bridge ID will be displayed in the dropdown menu, or it will be displayed as "NO BRIDGE."

For more information, refer to Bridge Overview

5. After filling in all the connection details, select the appropriate button based on your preferences.

    a. Validate: Click on the Validate button to verify the connection details. This ensures that the provided information is accurate and enables successful connection establishment.

    b. Save: Click on the Save button to store the connection details. Once saved, the connection will be added to the Connectors home page for easy access.

     c. Save & Configure: For certain Connectors that require additional configuration settings. Click on the Save & Configure button. This will open the Connection Settings pop-up window, allowing you to configure the necessary settings before saving the connection.

6. Once the connection is validated and saved, it will be displayed on the Connectors home page. 

Note: * (asterisk) indicates the mandatory field required to create a connection. Once the connection is validated and saved, it will be displayed on the Connectors home page. 
Note: You can either save the connection details first, or you can validate the connection first and then save it. 

Connection Validation Details


Error Message(s)



Failed to establish a connection, Please check the credentials

Invalid User Name, and in case of the wrong password.

Note: If you have any issues creating a connection, please contact your assigned OvalEdge Customer Success Management (CSM) team.

Connector Settings

Once the connection is established successfully, various settings are provided to fetch and analyze the information from the data source.  The connection settings include Crawler, Profiler, Access Instruction, and Others.

Connector Settings



Crawler settings are configured to connect to a data source and collect and catalog all the data elements in the form of metadata. Check out the crawler options to set the crawler's behavior in the  Crawler & Profiler Settings.


The process of gathering statistics and informative summaries about the connected data source(s). Statistics can help assess the quality of data sources before using them for analysis. Profiling is always optional; crawling can be run without profiling also. For more information, refer to Crawler & Profiler Settings

Data Access 

The Data Access Authorization is included in the crawler-specific connector settings to ensure that the right user is accessing the query sheet and queries in the data catalog. Here the system validates the user credentials and allows that particular user to access the query sheet and queries in the data catalog. 

Access Instruction

Access Instruction allows the data owner to instruct other users on using the objects in the application. 

Business Glossary

The Business Glossary setting provides flexibility and control over how they view and manage term association within the context of a business glossary at the connector level. 


The Send Metadata Changes Notifications option is used to set the change notification about the metadata changes of the data objects.

  • Users can use the toggle button to set the Default Governance Roles (Steward, Owner Custodian, etc.) 
  • From the drop-down menu, the user can select the role and team to receive the notification of metadata changes.

Note: For more information, refer to the Connector Settings.

The Crawling of Schema(s)

You can use the Crawl/Profile option, which allows you to select the specific schemas for the following operations: crawl, profile, crawl & profile, or profile unprofiled. For any scheduled crawlers and profilers, the defined run date and time are displayed to set. 
  1. Navigate to the Connectors page, and click on the Crawl/Profile option.
  2. Select the required Schema(s).
  3. Click on the Run button that gathers all metadata from the connected source into OvalEdge Data Catalog.

Note: For more information on Scheduling, refer to Scheduling Connector

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