Ubuntu WP Crashing: [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB

This seems to be what is causing my droplet to crash. It’s located at

Ubuntu WP Crashing: [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB

Keeps appearing in the MySQL logs whenever it crashes. I already have 2GB memory so it’s not a memory issue. Tried changing it to MySIAM, which didn’t help.

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Hello, all

The key error here is:

140707 23:37:13 InnoDB: Fatal error: cannot allocate memory for the buffer pool

This crash is due to your system running out of memory. I’d suggest that you add a swap file to give yourself a bit more of a buffer. Check out this tutorial:

How To Add Swap on Ubuntu 14.04

What you can also do is to use the MySQLTuner script.

The MySQLTuner is a script written in Perl and allows you to quickly test your MySQL configuration and it gives you suggestions for adjustments to increase performance and stability.

According to the official GitHub page, it supports 300 indicators for MySQL/MariaDB/Percona Server in this last version.

To run the script you could do the following:

  • SSH to your Droplet
  • Download the script:
wget -O
  • Then execute it:

The script would run multiple checks against your MySQL instance, all checks done by MySQLTuner are documented here.

Also as stated in the official documentation, it is still extremely important for you to fully understand each change you make to a MySQL database server. If you don’t understand portions of the script’s output, or if you don’t understand the recommendations, you should consult a knowledgeable DBA or system administrator that you trust.

As a good practice make sure to always test your changes on staging environments before implementing them on your production database.

On the same note, if you want to have a worry-free MySQL hosting and focus on your application, I would recommend trying out the DigitalOcean Managed Databases:

This was mini tutorial was posted from @bobbyiliev in this question in our community:

Hope that this helps! Regards, Alex


But what if we were already using innodb as the storage? Changing it to myisam as you suggested works but my wordpress installation is lost and I have to reinstall from scratch. Obviously, not a good thing.

I’m using mysql 5.5 and after some recent Debian updates, I’m getting the same error as mooalguide.

This worked for me :)

The easiest process is to log on to PUTTY and run the code

“sudo service mysql restart” without inverted commas