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@goodware/mysql: A mysql2-promise helper



  • ES5+ (lts/dubnium or later is recommended)


  • Creates database connections via mysql2-promise, optionally from a pool, with exponential backoff retry
  • Handles AWS RDS IAM passwordless connections
  • Optionally manages database transactions by wrapping begin end transaction commands around a function invocation, with an exception handler that executes rollback
  • Same API whether using connection pooling or individual connections
  • Same API whether using explicit or implicit transactions


npm i --save @goodware/mysql

Breaking change! Peer dependencies for versions 3+

All runtime dependencies in version 3 were changed to use peer dependencies.

If you're missing a dependency, you have three options:

  1. Stick with version 2.x

npm i --save @goodware/mysql@2

Or, in package.json dependencies:

"@goodware/mysql": "^2.0.0"

  1. Add the missing dependencies to your package.json
  2. Upgrade to npm version 7

npm i -g npm@7


  1. Create an instance of the MySqlConnection class (it is the default export)
  2. Call execute() or transaction(). These accept a function that accepts a mysql2-promise connection object. The provided functions usually call query() on the connection object.
  3. If you're using connection pooling, call stop() to close the connections in the pool. This is necessary if:
  • The app instantiates multiple instances to access the same database server. It is recommended to use a single global instance to avoid this issue.
  • The app hangs instead of terminating


The options provided by the constructor and all other methods accept an optional 'logger' function or object. If an object is provided, it must have the method log().

interface Logger {
   * @param tags Typically includes a logging level name, like info or debug.
   * @param message An object with at least a message property
  log(tags: string[] | string, message: Record<string, unknown>): void;


The following program outputs 'success' to the console.

const mysql = require('@goodware/mysql');

const config = {
  // host: '', // This is the default
  // port: 3306, // This is the default
  // user: 'root', // This is the default
  // database: 'mysql', // This is the default
  password: 'password',
  usePool: true, // Defaults to 10 connections (see connectionLimit in constructor options)

async () => {
  const connector = new mysql(config, console.log); // The second parameter is a logger function
  // Acquire a database connection
  const result = await connector.execute( async (connection) => {
    // Perform database operations
    const [results] = await connection.query(`select 'success' AS status`);
    // The Promise resolves to 'success'
    return results[0].status;
  // Close all database connections in the pool
  await connector.stop();
  // The Promise resolves to 'success'
  return result;
}().then(console.info, console.error);



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