Article ID: 116922, created on May 4, 2014, last review on May 5, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk Automation 11.1
  • Plesk Automation 11.5
  • Plesk 12.0 for Linux
  • Plesk 11.0 for Linux
  • Plesk 11.5 for Linux
  • Plesk 12.0 for Windows


  1. InnoDB is not listed among the available storage engines in the DB Webadmin/phpMyAdmin interface when creating a new table.

  2. An attempt to create a table with ENGINE=InnoDB fails with this error:

    ERROR 1286 (42000) at line 1: Unknown table engine 'innodb'
  3. An attempt to back up databases using the mysqldump utility fails:

    mysqldump: Got error: 1286: Unknown table engine 'InnoDB' when using LOCK TABLES Dumping : db1_table 
  4. MySQL server fails to start with the following error in /var/log/mysqld.log:

    130826 10:37:08 [ERROR] Unknown/unsupported storage engine: InnoDB


The InnoDB engine is disabled in the MySQL database server configuration.


  1. Stop MySQL service:

    # /etc/init.d/mysql stop
  2. Make a backup copy of the MySQL data directory (default location is /var/lib/mysql):

    # cp -a /var/lib/mysql /var/lib/mysql.orig
  3. Open the file /etc/my.cnf (or the file /etc/mysql/my.cnf on Debian/Ubuntu) for editing.

  4. Find the skip-innodb parameter and either remove it or comment the line by adding # at the beginning of the line:

  5. Insert the following parameters into the [mysqld] and [mysqld_safe] sections in /etc/my.cnf:

  6. Save the file and start MySQL:

    # /etc/init.d/mysql start

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