Any way to disable charset-handshake and change default server charset in Managed MySQL?

August 21, 2019 192 views
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Too many old products can’t connect to new MySQL8.
All recommendations or rewrite old product, or change MySQL server settings like this:



character-set-client-handshake = 0
collation-server = utf8_unicode_ci
character-set-server = utf8
default_authentication_plugin = mysql_native_password

But how to do it in Managed MySQL?
Also “SET GLOBAL” way currently not available.

1 Answer


To preserve the stability of the database cluster, users are not able to modify global variables. However, you can make this change on a database by database basis, as described here:

Here’s an example:
ALTER DATABASE database_name CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;

Note however that this will just change the default charset for the database, all existing tables will have to be converted. You can do that with a command such as this one:

ALTER TABLE table_name CONVERT TO CHARACTER SET utf8mb4 COLLATE utf8mb4_unicode_ci;

Hope it helps!

  • Changing database charset didn’t help to connect to server if client don’t support server charset.

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