A MySQL 8.0-compatible fork of ZongJi - a MySQL binlog listener for Node.js.

Usage no npm install needed!

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A MySQL 8.0-compatible fork of ZongJi - a MySQL binlog listener for Node.js, originally created by Nevill Dutt.

@vlasky/zongji has been tested working with MySQL 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 and 8.0.

It leverages @vlasky/mysql, a fork of mysql with the following enhancements:

  • Support for authentication using the caching_sha2_password plugin, the new default authentication method in MySQL 8.0
  • Partial support for the MySQL compressed protocol (reads compressed data sent by server)
  • Optional sending of keepalive probe packets to check the state of the connection to the MySQL server and help keep the connection open when the network socket is idle

Latest Release

ZongJi release versions since 0.5.0 only support Node.js version 8 and above.

Version 0.4.7 is the last release that supports Node.js version 4.x.

Quick Start

let zongji = new ZongJi({ /* ... MySQL Connection Settings ... */ });

// Each change to the replication log results in an event
zongji.on('binlog', function(evt) {

// Binlog must be started, optionally pass in filters
  includeEvents: ['tablemap', 'writerows', 'updaterows', 'deleterows']

For a complete implementation see example.js...


  • Requires Node.js v8+

    $ npm install @vlasky/zongji
  • Enable MySQL binlog in my.cnf, restart MySQL server after making the changes.

    From MySQL 5.6, binlog checksum is enabled by default. Zongji can work with it, but it doesn't really verify it.

    # Must be unique integer from 1-2^32
    server-id        = 1
    # Row format required for ZongJi
    binlog_format    = row
    # Directory must exist. This path works for Linux. Other OS may require
    #   different path.
    log_bin          = /var/log/mysql/mysql-bin.log
    binlog_do_db     = employees   # Optional, limit which databases to log
    expire_logs_days = 10          # Optional, purge old logs
    max_binlog_size  = 100M        # Optional, limit log size
  • Create an account with replication privileges, e.g. given privileges to account zongji (or any account that you use to read binary logs)


ZongJi Class

The ZongJi constructor accepts one argument of either:

  • An object containing MySQL connection details in the same format as used by package mysql
  • Or, a mysql Connection or Pool object that will be used for querying column information.

If a Connection or Pool object is passed to the constructor, it will not be destroyed/ended by Zongji's stop() method.

If there is a dateStrings mysql configuration option in the connection details or connection, ZongJi will follow it.

Each instance includes the following methods:

Method Name Arguments Description
start options Start receiving replication events, see options listed below
stop None Disconnect from MySQL server, stop receiving events
on eventName, handler Add a listener to the binlog or error event. Each handler function accepts one argument.

Some events can be emitted in different phases:

Event Name Description
ready This event is occurred right after ZongJi successfully established a connection, setup slave status, and set binlog position.
binlog Once a binlog is received and passes the filter, it will bubble up with this event.
error Every error will be caught by this event.
stopped Emitted when ZongJi connection is stopped (ZongJi#stop is called).

Options available:

Option Name Type Description
serverId integer Unique number (1 - 232) to identify this replication slave instance. Must be specified if running more than one instance of ZongJi. Must be used in start() method for effect.
Default: 1
startAtEnd boolean Pass true to only emit binlog events that occur after ZongJi's instantiation. Must be used in start() method for effect.
Default: false
filename string Begin reading events from this binlog file. If specified together with position, will take precedence over startAtEnd.
position integer Begin reading events from this position. Must be included with filename.
includeEvents [string] Array of event names to include
Example: ['writerows', 'updaterows', 'deleterows']
excludeEvents [string] Array of event names to exclude
Example: ['rotate', 'tablemap']
includeSchema object Object describing which databases and tables to include (Only for row events). Use database names as the key and pass an array of table names or true (for the entire database).
Example: { 'my_database': ['allow_table', 'another_table'], 'another_db': true }
excludeSchema object Object describing which databases and tables to exclude (Same format as includeSchema)
Example: { 'other_db': ['disallowed_table'], 'ex_db': true }
  • By default, all events and schema are emitted.
  • excludeSchema and excludeEvents take precedence over includeSchema and includeEvents, respectively.

Supported Binlog Events:

Event name Description
unknown Catch any other events
query Insert/Update/Delete Query
intvar Autoincrement and LAST_INSERT_ID
rotate New Binlog file Not required to be included to rotate to new files, but it is required to be included in order to keep the filename and position properties updated with current values for graceful restarting on errors.
format Format Description
xid Transaction ID
tablemap Before any row event (must be included for any other row events)
writerows Rows inserted, row data array available as rows property on event object
updaterows Rows changed, row data array available as rows property on event object
deleterows Rows deleted, row data array available as rows property on event object

Event Methods

Neither method requires any arguments.

Name Description
dump Log a description of the event to the console
getEventName Return the name of the event

Important Notes

  • :star2: All types allowed by mysql are supported by this package.
  • :speak_no_evil: 64-bit integer is supported via package big-integer(see #108). If an integer is within the safe range of JS number (-2^53, 2^53), a Number object will returned, otherwise, will return as String.
  • :point_right: TRUNCATE statement does not cause corresponding DeleteRows event. Use unqualified DELETE FROM for same effect.
  • When using fractional seconds with DATETIME and TIMESTAMP data types in MySQL > 5.6.4, only millisecond precision is available due to the limit of Javascript's Date object.

Run Tests

  • install Docker
  • run docker-compose up and then ./docker-test.sh


The following resources provided valuable information that greatly assisted in creating ZongJi: