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Hera - High Efficiency Reliable Access to data stores

Hera multiplexes connections for MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL databases. It supports sharding the databases for horizontal scaling.

What is Hera

Hera is Data Access Gateway that helps to enable scaling and improving the availability of databases.

  • Protects the database from resource exhaustion by evicting poorly performing queries
  • Intelligently routes read/write traffic appropriately for better load balancing
  • Improves tolerance to database outages
  • Provides high performance secured connections between applications and Hera
  • Provides domain agnostic database sharding for horizontal database scaling
  • Automatic transaction application failover between replica databases
  • And many more site resiliency features

Getting Started

You can build mux using either Docker or manual build.

Docker Build

For development, the following docker commands for the appropriate environment can help get started


git clone
docker run --network host --name mysql-11 -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=62-AntHill -d mysql:latest
cd hera/tests/devdocker
docker exec -i mysql-11 mysql -u root -h -p62-AntHill -t < sample.sql
mkdir -p src/
rsync -av --exclude tests/devdocker ../.. src/
docker build -t hera-oss .
docker run -it --rm --name testRunHeraOss --network host -e password=62-AntHill hera-oss


git clone
docker network create my-network
docker run --network my-network --name mysql-11 -e MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD=62-AntHill -d mysql:latest
cd hera/tests/devdocker
docker exec -i mysql-11 mysql -u root -h -p62-AntHill -t < sample.sql
mkdir -p src/
rsync -av --exclude tests/devdocker ../.. src/
sed -i.bak -e 's/' srv/
docker build -t hera-oss .
docker run -it --rm --name testRunHeraOss --network my-network -p 10101:10101 -e password=62-AntHill hera-oss

To test it, in a separate terminal:

docker exec -it testRunHeraOss /bin/bash
cd /go/src
go run

Manual Build

The following sections explain the process for manually building mux without Docker. We only tested on RedHat and Ubuntu.

Install Dependencies

  1. Install Go 1.10+.
  2. Install MySQL, Oracle or PostgresSQL.
  3. Install the MySQL driver, Oracle driver and the PostgreSQL driver
  4. Install Oracle instant client.

Build Binaries

  1. Navigate to the working directory.

  2. Option 1

    Clone the source code from github

    git clone src/

    Option 2

    (a) GO 1.12 is prerequisite

    (b) export GO111MODULE=on ( to enable the go mod feature)

    go get
  3. Install the dependencies: MySQL, Oracle and PostgreSQL driver

    go get
    go get
    go get
  4. Build server binaries

    go install
  5. Build Go test client

    go install
  6. Build Java test client under the client/java directory

  7. Build the C++ oracleworker

    cd worker/cppworker/worker
    make -f ../build/makefile19

Running the server

To run mux there is minimal configuration required. Please see examples for running with MySQL or Oracle. The main configuration file is hera.txt, which must contain the TCP port where the server listens and the number of workers. The user name, password and the data source are passed via environment parameters.

    # the proxy executable
    ln -s $GOPATH/bin/mux .
    # the MySQL worker
    ln -s $GOPATH/bin/mysqlworker mysqlworker
    # to use the Oracle worker use oracleworker instead of mysqlworker

    # create the configuration file with the required configuration
    echo 'bind_ip=' > hera.txt
    echo 'bind_port=11111' >> hera.txt
    echo 'opscfg.hera.server.max_connections=2' >> hera.txt
    # if using mysql run this
    # echo 'database_type=mysql' >> hera.txt
    # if using postgres run this
    # echo 'database_type=postgres' >> hera.txt

    # create minimal CAL configuration, needed by ops config
    echo 'cal_pool_name=stage_hera' > cal_client.txt

    # the database user name
    export username='user'
    # the database password
    export password='pass'
    # the data source
    export TWO_TASK='tcp('
    # for Oracle the datasource can be like '(DESCRIPTION=(ADDRESS_LIST=(ADDRESS=(PROTOCOL=tcp)(HOST=hostname)
    #    (PORT=12345)))(CONNECT_DATA=(SERVICE_NAME=sn)))'.
    # for Oracle only add to LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable the path to the shared libraries of the
    #    Oracle instant client
    # for postgress format can be like : export TWO_TASK=''

    # start
    ./mux --name hera-test
    # to validate HERA is running fine tail 'state-log' file and check 2 connections in 'acpt' state.
    # 01/07/2022 18:28:39: -----------  init  acpt  wait  busy  schd  fnsh  quce  asgn  idle  bklg  strd
    # 01/07/2022 18:28:39: hera            0     2     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0     0
    # incase connections are not in accept state, check the hera.log file for errors

For details about the parameters see configuration

Running the client

There is a Java client implemented as JDBC driver. Please see the documentation for how to install and use it.

There is also a Go client implemented as SQL driver. Please see the example.


Hera is licensed under Apache 2.0.