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Using Perl MySQL API at CSC

The Perl MySQL API is available in Puhti at CSC, as a part of the bioperl environment. The following tasks are usually performed, when a MySQL database is used by a Perl script:

  • Perl DBI module is imported
  • The connection to the MySQL server is opened
  • The statements are executed and their results sets are retrieved
  • The server connection is closed

The following guidance assumes that you have a database user account to the database service at CSC. If you are accessing another MySQL server replace the server name ( in script the server name you are using.

Write a MYSQL database access script

Use your favourite text editor to create a named script file e.g. . Then copy the following text to the script.

# script to show MySQL server version
use strict;
use DBI;
my $dbh = DBI->connect ("",
"your_database_user_account", "your_database_password") or die "Cannot connect:" . $DBI::errstr;

my $sth = $dbh->prepare ("SELECT VERSION()") or die "Cannot prepare:" . $dbh->errstr();
$sth->execute () or die "Cannot execute: " . $sth->errstr();

while (my @row = $sth->fetchrow_array())
       print "@row\n";
$dbh->disconnect ();

The connection to the database is established by invoking the connect() method with the connection parameters. These parameters are: the database to use, database server, database user account and database password. Replace these values corresponding your database, database user account and database password. The prepare() method prepares the SQL statement and execute() method sends statement to the database server. The fetchrow_array() method retrieves rows from the result set in a loop, and the resulting rows are printed. Finally the connection is closed by disconnect() method.

Running the MYSQL database access script

Run the script from the command line with Perl interpreter. We recommend using bioperl in CSC environment, because it contains the required modules.

module load biokit

or add following to the beginning of the script:


Then make the script executable and run it directly:

chmod +x

The statements issuing methods

The prepare() method is for preparing the SQL statement and execute() method is for issuing SQL statements. However, you can use the do() method for non repeated non-SELECT statement (e.g. INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE), because no data is returned from the database:

$rows_affected = $dbh->do("UPDATE your_table SET foo = foo + 1");


By default AutoCommit mode is on. You do not need to use commit() method while making transactions. Only InnoDB storage engine is transactional. The default MyISAM is a non-transactional storage engine.

Last update: May 15, 2023