MySQL replication master-slave


I’m learning master-slave replication with MySQL and I could get it to work and also use the Percona backup tool to restore a slave. I learnt from this project https://github.com/vbabak/docker-mysql-master-slave

Now I wonder if the master-slave replication must be two separate mysql instances of if it is possible to configure master-slave replication between two databases only instead of needing two separate mysql instances. I think it’s not possible.

The reason I want to know is that I want to automate failover and restore scenario and in my environment a new mysql instance always runs on the default port because of infrastructure automation, and therefore it is not possible today to start two mysql instances on the same host machine server, therefore it looks like I need to create two VMs with one master and one slave just to perform the test which is quite overkill for a test scenario and would be slow.