MySQL show status – active or total connections?

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When I run show status like 'Con%' it shows the number of connections, which is 9972 and constantly growing. Is this an active number of connections or connections made in total?

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The Answer 1

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According to the docs, it means the total number throughout history:

Connections

The number of connection attempts (successful or not) to the MySQL server.

You can see the number of active connections either through the Threads_connected status variable:

Threads_connected

The number of currently open connections.

mysql> show status where `variable_name` = 'Threads_connected';
+-------------------+-------+
| Variable_name     | Value |
+-------------------+-------+
| Threads_connected | 4     |
+-------------------+-------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

… or through the show processlist command:

mysql> show processlist;
+----+------+-----------------+--------+---------+------+-------+------------------+
| Id | User | Host            | db     | Command | Time | State | Info             |
+----+------+-----------------+--------+---------+------+-------+------------------+
|  3 | root | localhost       | webapp | Query   |    0 | NULL  | show processlist | 
|  5 | root | localhost:61704 | webapp | Sleep   |  208 |       | NULL             | 
|  6 | root | localhost:61705 | webapp | Sleep   |  208 |       | NULL             | 
|  7 | root | localhost:61706 | webapp | Sleep   |  208 |       | NULL             | 
+----+------+-----------------+--------+---------+------+-------+------------------+
4 rows in set (0.00 sec)

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SHOW STATUS WHERE `variable_name` = 'Threads_connected';

This will show you all the open connections.

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This is the total number of connections to the server till now. To find current conection status you can use

mysqladmin -u -p extended-status | grep -wi ‘threads_connected\|threads_running’ | awk ‘{ print $2,$4}’

This will show you:

Threads_connected 12

Threads_running 1  

Threads_connected: Number of connections

Threads_running: connections currently running some sql

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To see a more complete list you can run:

show session status;

or

show global status;

See this link to better understand the usage.

If you want to know details about the database you can run:

status;

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You can also do

SHOW STATUS WHERE `variable_name` = 'Max_used_connections';

The Answer 6

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In order to check the maximum allowed connections, you can run the following query:

SHOW VARIABLES LIKE "max_connections";

To check the number of active connections, you can run the following query:

SHOW VARIABLES LIKE "max_used_connections";

Hope it helps.

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As per doc http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/server-status-variables.html#statvar_Connections

Connections

The number of connection attempts (successful or not) to the MySQL server.

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It should be the current number of active connections. Run the command processlist to make sure.

URL for reference: http://www.devdaily.com/blog/post/mysql/how-show-open-database-connections-mysql

EDIT: Number of DB connections opened Please take a look here, the actual number of threads (connections) are described here!

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