“KeyError: 0” when connecting to MySQL (get_default_isolation_level)

Currently developing for python 3.9.6 with sqlalchemy version 1.4.23 and whenever I use sqlalchemy to connect to a database, I get an error with this stack trace:

Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/mnt/c/Importer/common/db.py", line 106, in db_cur
    with engine.connect() as con:
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/engine/base.py", line 3166, in connect
    return self._connection_cls(self, close_with_result=close_with_result)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/engine/base.py", line 96, in __init__
    else engine.raw_connection()
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/engine/base.py", line 3245, in raw_connection
    return self._wrap_pool_connect(self.pool.connect, _connection)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/engine/base.py", line 3212, in _wrap_pool_connect
    return fn()
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/pool/base.py", line 307, in connect
    return _ConnectionFairy._checkout(self)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/pool/base.py", line 767, in _checkout
    fairy = _ConnectionRecord.checkout(pool)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/pool/base.py", line 425, in checkout
    rec = pool._do_get()
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/pool/impl.py", line 146, in _do_get
    self._dec_overflow()
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/util/langhelpers.py", line 70, in __exit__
    compat.raise_(
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/util/compat.py", line 207, in raise_
    raise exception
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/pool/impl.py", line 143, in _do_get
    return self._create_connection()
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/pool/base.py", line 253, in _create_connection
    return _ConnectionRecord(self)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/pool/base.py", line 368, in __init__
    self.__connect()
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/pool/base.py", line 622, in __connect
    pool.dispatch.connect.for_modify(
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/event/attr.py", line 329, in _exec_w_sync_on_first_run
    self(*args, **kw)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/event/attr.py", line 343, in __call__
    fn(*args, **kw)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/util/langhelpers.py", line 1691, in go
    return once_fn(*arg, **kw)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/engine/create.py", line 674, in first_connect
    dialect.initialize(c)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/dialects/mysql/base.py", line 2961, in initialize
    default.DefaultDialect.initialize(self, connection)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/engine/default.py", line 407, in initialize
    self.default_isolation_level = self.get_default_isolation_level(
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/engine/default.py", line 473, in get_default_isolation_level
    return self.get_isolation_level(dbapi_conn)
  File "/home/jimmy/.local/share/virtualenvs/Importer-0-6a4YAh/lib/python3.9/site-packages/sqlalchemy/dialects/mysql/base.py", line 2720, in get_isolation_level
    val = row[0]
KeyError: 0

I can fix the issue by manually changing the file from val = row[0] to val = row['@@transaction_isolation'] but I don’t want to have to manually change dependency files after installing them. I have tried manually setting the transaction isolation when creating the engine, but that doesn’t prevent get_isolation_level() from being called so the error persists. Is sqlalchemy not compatible with python 3.9.6? Does this have anything to do with the mysql server version?

Answer

Problem was with the DictCursor being used in the connection. Changing _fetch_type for SELECT @@transaction_isolation to be a tuple instead of a dictionary solved the issue.