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SHOW PROCESSLIST in MySQL command: sleep

Posted by: admin November 1, 2017 Leave a comment


When I run SHOW PROCESSLIST in MySQL database, I get this output:

mysql> show full processlist;

| Id     | User | Host      | db     | Command | Time  | State | Info                  |
| 411665 | root | localhost | somedb | Sleep   | 11388 |       | NULL                  | 
| 412109 | root | localhost | somedb | Query   |     0 | NULL  | show full processlist | 

I would like to know the process “Sleep” that is under Command. What does it mean? Why it is running since a long time and showing NULL? It is making the database slow and when I kill the process, then it works normally. Please help me.


It’s not a query waiting for connection, it’s a connection pointer waiting for the timeout to terminate.

It doesn’t have an impact on performance. The only thing it’s using is a few bytes as every connection does.

The really worst case it’s using one connection of your pool, if you would connect multiple times via console client and just close the client without closing the connection you could use up all your connections and have to wait for the timeout to be able to connect again… but this is highly unlikely 🙂

See MySql Proccesslist filled with "Sleep" Entries leading to "Too many Connections"? and https://dba.stackexchange.com/questions/1558/how-long-is-too-long-for-mysql-connections-to-sleep for more information.


“Sleep” state connections are most often created by code that maintains persistent connections to the database.

This could include either connection pools created by application frameworks, or client-side database administration tools.

As mentioned above in the comments, there is really no reason to worry about these connections… unless of course you have no idea where the connection is coming from.

(CAVEAT: If you had a long list of these kinds of connections, there might be a danger of running out of simultaneous connections.)


Sleep meaning that thread is do nothing.
Time is too large beacuse anthor thread query,but not disconnect server,
default wait_timeout=28800;so you can set values smaller,eg 10.
also you can kill the thread.