TiDB Control User Guide

TiDB Control is a command line tool of TiDB, usually used to obtain the status information of TiDB for debugging.

Compile from source code

  • Compilation environment requirement: Go Version 1.7 or later
  • Compilation procedures: Go to the root directory of the TiDB Control project, use the make command to compile, and generate tidb-ctl.
  • Compilation documentation: you can find the help files in the doc directory; if the help files are lost or you want to update them, use the make doc command to generate the help files.

Usage introduction

This section describes how to use commands, subcommands, options, and flags in tidb-ctl.

  • command: characters without - or --
  • subcommand: characters without - or -- that follow a command
  • option: characters with - or --
  • flag: characters exactly following a command/subcommand or option, passing value to the command/subcommand or option

Usage example: tidb-ctl schema in mysql -n db

  • schema: the command
  • in: the subcommand of schema
  • mysql: the flag of in
  • -n: the option
  • db: the flag of -n

Get help

Use tidb-ctl -h/--help to get usage information.

TiDB Control consists of multiple layers of commands. You can use -h/--help after each command/subcommand to get its respective usage information.


tidb-ctl has 4 connection related options:

  • --host: TiDB Service address (default
  • --port: TiDB Service port (default 10080)
  • --pdhost: PD Service address (default
  • --pdport: PD Service port (default 2379)
  • --ca: The CA file path used for the TLS connection
  • --ssl-key: The key file path used for the TLS connection
  • --ssl-cert: The certificate file path used for the TLS connection

--pdhost and --pdport are mainly used in the etcd subcommand. For example, tidb-ctl etcd ddlinfo. If you do not specify the address and the port, the following default value is used:

  • The default service address of TiDB and PD: The service address must be an IP address.
  • The default service port of TiDB: 10080.
  • The default service port of PD: 2379.

Connection options are global options that apply to all the following commands:

  • tidb-ctl base64decode: BASE64 decode
  • tidb-ctl decoder: for KEY decode
  • tidb-ctl etcd: for operating etcd
  • tidb-ctl log: format the log file to expand the single-line stack information
  • tidb-ctl mvcc: MVCC information
  • tidb-ctl region: Region information
  • tidb-ctl schema: Schema information
  • tidb-ctl table: Table information

For details about how to use the above tidb-ctl commands, use tidb-ctl SUBCOMMAND --help to get the help information.

Usage examples

The following example shows how to obtain the schema information:

Use tidb-ctl schema -h to get usage details. The schema command itself has two subcommands: in and tid.

  • in is used to obtain the table schema of all tables in the database through the database name.
  • tid is used to obtain the table schema by using the unique table_id in the whole database.

The in command

You can use tidb-ctl schema in -h/--help to get the help information of the in subcommand.

Basic usage
tidb-ctl schema in <database name>

For example, running tidb-ctl schema in mysql returns the following result:

        "id": 13,
        "name": {
            "O": "columns_priv",
            "L": "columns_priv"
        "update_timestamp": 399494726837600268,
        "ShardRowIDBits": 0,
        "Partition": null

The result is displayed in the JSON format. (The above output is truncated.)

  • If you want to specify the table name, use tidb-ctl schema in <database> -n <table name> to filter.

    For example, tidb-ctl schema in mysql -n db returns the table schema of the db table in the mysql database:

        "id": 9,
        "name": {
            "O": "db",
            "L": "db"
        "Partition": null

    (The above output is also truncated.)

    If you do not want to use the default TiDB service address and port, use the --host and --port options to configure. For example, tidb-ctl --host --port 8898 schema in mysql -n db.

The base64decode subcommand

base64decode is used to decode base64 data.

tidb-ctl base64decode [base64_data]
tidb-ctl base64decode [db_name.table_name] [base64_data]
tidb-ctl base64decode [table_id] [base64_data]
  1. Execute the following SQL statement to prepare the environment:

    use test;
    create table t (a int, b varchar(20),c datetime default current_timestamp , d timestamp default current_timestamp, unique index(a));
    insert into t (a,b,c) values(1,"哈哈 hello",NULL);
    alter table t add column e varchar(20);
  2. Obtian MVCC data using the HTTP API interface:

    $ curl "http://$IP:10080/mvcc/index/test/t/a/1?a=1"
     "info": {
      "writes": [
        "start_ts": 407306449994645510,
        "commit_ts": 407306449994645513,
        "short_value": "AAAAAAAAAAE="    # The unique index a stores the handle id of the corresponding row.
    $ curl "http://$IP:10080/mvcc/key/test/t/1"
     "info": {
      "writes": [
        "start_ts": 407306588892692486,
        "commit_ts": 407306588892692489,
        "short_value": "CAIIAggEAhjlk4jlk4ggaGVsbG8IBgAICAmAgIDwjYuu0Rk="  # Row data that handle id is 1.
  3. Decode handle id (uint64) using base64decode.

    $ tidb-ctl base64decode AAAAAAAAAAE=
    hex: 0000000000000001
    uint64: 1
  4. Decode row data using base64decode.

    $ ./tidb-ctl base64decode test.t CAIIAggEAhjlk4jlk4ggaGVsbG8IBgAICAmAgIDwjYuu0Rk=
    a:      1
    b:      哈哈 hello
    c is NULL
    d:      2019-03-28 05:35:30
    e not found in data
    # if the table id of test.t is 60, you can also use below command to do the same thing.
    $ ./tidb-ctl base64decode 60 CAIIAggEAhjlk4jlk4ggaGVsbG8IBgAICAmAgIDwjYuu0Rk=
    a:      1
    b:      哈哈 hello
    c is NULL
    d:      2019-03-28 05:35:30
    e not found in data

The decoder subcommand

  • The following example shows how to decode the row key, similar to decoding the index key.

    $ ./tidb-ctl decoder -f table_row -k "t\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x1c_r\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\x00\xfa"
    table_id: -9223372036854775780
    row_id: -9223372036854775558
  • The following example shows how to decode value.

    $ ./tidb-ctl decoder -f value -k AhZoZWxsbyB3b3JsZAiAEA==
    type: bytes, value: hello world
    type: bigint, value: 1024

The etcd subcommand

  • tidb-ctl etcd ddlinfo is used to obtain DDL information.

  • tidb-ctl etcd putkey KEY VALUE is used to add KEY VALUE to etcd (All the KEYs are added to the /tidb/ddl/all_schema_versions/ directory).

    tidb-ctl etcd putkey "foo" "bar"

    In fact, a key-value pair is added to the etcd whose KEY is /tidb/ddl/all_schema_versions/foo and VALUE is bar.

  • tidb-ctl etcd delkey deletes the KEY in etcd. Only those KEYs with the /tidb/ddl/fg/owner/ or /tidb/ddl/all_schema_versions/ prefix can be deleted.

    tidb-ctl etcd delkey "/tidb/ddl/fg/owner/foo"
    tidb-ctl etcd delkey "/tidb/ddl/all_schema_versions/bar"

The log subcommand

The stack information for the TiDB error log is in one line format. You could use tidb-ctl log to change its format to multiple lines.