InnoDB defined as an unknown table engine

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If InnoDB is not set for the MySQL database server, the following appears in the logs:

Caused by: com.mysql.jdbc.exceptions.jdbc4.MySQLSyntaxErrorException: Unknown table engine 'InnoDB'


The parameter skip-innodb may have been disabled in the MySQL configuration file. Starting from JIRA 4.3 and above, the InnoDB storage engine would have to be set as MySQL's default storage engine as to avoid data corruption (see JRA-24124)


  1. Check to see whether you have InnoDB support enabled:

    mysql> show variables like 'have_innodb';
    | Variable_name | Value |
    | have_innodb   | YES   |
    1 row in set (0.00 sec)
  2. If the value above is DISABLED, then you would need to enable InnoDB.
  3. Open up MySQL's configuration file. On various platforms, the configuration file may differ in file name and location:
    • Windows: $MYSQL_INSTALL_DIRECTORY/my.ini
    • Linux/Unix: /etc/mysql/my.cnf
  4. If the parameter skip-innodbis uncommented/exists, then just comment it out:

    # skip-innodb
  5. Shutdown MySQL server, delete/rename the MySQL logs to refresh the entire server's logging, and restart MySQL server:
    • Linux:

      ~$: /etc/init.d/mysql stop
      ~$: rm /var/lib/mysql/ib_logfile*
      ~$: /etc/init.d/mysql start
    • Windows:
      Go to $MYSQL_INSTALL_DIRECTORY/data and either delete/move the log files with the prefix ib_logfile.

Last modified on Mar 30, 2016

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