Install MySQL 5.7 or MySQL 8 on CentOS 7

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If you want to install MariaDB instead please follow this tutorial

With the release of CentOS 7 MySQL, the world’s most popular open source relational database management system is no longer available in the CentOS’s repositories and MariaDB has become the default database system. MariaDB is a backward compatible, binary drop-in replacement of MySQL.

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MySQL on a CentOS 7 machine.

Install MySQL 8.0 on CentOS 7

At the time of writing this article, the latest version of MySQL is version 8.0. To install it on your CentOS 7 server follow the steps below:

Enable the MySQL 8.0 repository with the following command:

sudo yum localinstall

Install MySQL 8.0 package with yum:

sudo yum install mysql-community-server 

During the installation yum may prompt you to import the MySQL GPG key. Type y and hit Enter.

Install MySQL 5.7 on CentOS 7

To install the previous stable release of MySQL, MySQL version 5.7 on a CentOS 7 server, follow the steps below:

Enable the MySQL 5.7 repository with the following command:

sudo yum localinstall

Install MySQL 5.7 package with:Install MySQL as any other package using yum:

sudo yum install mysql-community-server

Sections below are relevant for both MySQL 8.0 and MySQL 5.7.

Starting MySQL

Once the installation is completed, start the MySQL service and enable it to automatically start on boot with:

sudo systemctl enable mysqldsudo systemctl start mysqld

We can check the MySQL service status by typing:

sudo systemctl status mysqld
● mysqld.service - MySQL Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mysqld.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Wed 2018-05-23 11:02:43 UTC; 14min ago
     Docs: man:mysqld(8)
  Process: 4293 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/mysqld_pre_systemd (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 4310 (mysqld)
   CGroup: /system.slice/mysqld.service
           └─4310 /usr/sbin/mysqld

Securing MySQL

When the MySQL server is started for the first time, a temporary password is generated for the MySQL root user. You can find the password by running the following command:

sudo grep 'temporary password' /var/log/mysqld.log

The output should look something like this:

2018-05-23T10:59:51.251159Z 5 [Note] [MY-010454] [Server] A temporary password is generated for root@localhost: q&0)V!?fjksL

Make note of the password, because the next command will ask you to enter the temporary root password.

Run the mysql_secure_installation command to improve the security of our MySQL installation:

sudo mysql_secure_installation
Securing the MySQL server deployment.

Enter password for user root:

After entering the temporary password you will be asked to set a new password for user root. The password needs to be at least 8-characters long and to contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one special character.

The existing password for the user account root has expired. Please set a new password.

New password:

Re-enter new password:

The script will also ask you to remove the anonymous user, restrict root user access to the local machine and remove the test database. You should answer “Y” (yes) to all questions.

Connecting to MySQL from the command line

To interact with MySQL through the terminal we will use the MySQL client which is installed as a dependency of the MySQL server package.

To log in to the MySQL server as the root user type:

mysql -u root -p

You will be prompted to enter the root password you have previously set when the mysql_secure_installation script was run.

Once you enter the password you will be presented with the mysql shell as shown below:

Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 11
Server version: 8.0.11 MySQL Community Server - GPL

Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

Create a Database

Once you are connected to the MySQL shell, you can create a new database by typing the following command:

CREATE DATABASE new_database;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

Create Tables

Now that we created a database we can create a table to store some data.

Before running the SQL statements for creating a table we need to connect to the database:

use new_database;

In this example we will create a simple table named contacts with three fields, idnameand email:

CREATE TABLE contacts (
  name VARCHAR(30),
  email VARCHAR(30)
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

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