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How to Install MySQL in Ubuntu

Learn how to install MySQL server on an Ubuntu machine in the command line and secure it properly.

Sagar Sharma

Looking for a quick way to install MySQL in Ubuntu? Well, here you have it!

Installing MySQL on Ubuntu

Being one of the most popular and open-source relational database management systems, you'll find this available with almost every package manager.

And the same goes for Apt (package manager for Debian).

So here's the command to update your existing repos and install MySQL in Ubuntu:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install mysql-server

You will get a MySQL server which is helpful when you want to host a database server on your system but what if you connect to a MySQL server as a client?

Then you will have to install MySQL client instead of server using the given command:

sudo apt install mysql-client

Once you are done with the installation, you can check for the installed version by appending --version to the mysql command:

mysql --version
check mysql version in ubuntu

Securing MySQL install with a secure script

MySQL is vulnerable just after installation and this is the reason why it is pre-bundled with a secure script.

To start the secure script, utilize the given command and it will ask various questions ranging from profile password to the level of password validation:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

And when I choose my password and security validation level, it gave me the following error:

Failed! Error: SET PASSWORD has no significance for user 'root'@'localhost' as the authentication method used doesn't store authentication data in the MySQL server. Please consider using ALTER USER instead if you want to change authentication parameters.

And if you are on Ubuntu, you will probably get the same error so let's resolve this issue first.

How to solve Failed! Error: SET PASSWORD has no significance for user ‘root@localhost’ as the authentication

The reason why you get this error is that by default, the secure script attempts to set the root password for MySQL install.

And by default, Ubuntu is configured to connect using a password.

But the steps are fairly simple. Let's start with starting MySQL:

sudo mysql

Now, we will set the password to identify root@localhost:

alter user root@localhost identified with mysql_native_password by 'Enter strong password here';
how to solve Failed! Error: SET PASSWORD has no significance for user ‘root’@’localhost’ as the authentication

Once done, flush the privileges in MySQL and exit by using the given command:

flush privileges 
exit mysql in ubuntu

Now, start the secure script again:

sudo mysql_secure_installation
use secure script to enhance security for mysql

And that's it. You have successfully secured MySQL!

Start MySQL on every boot

To check whether MySQL is running or not, you can check its status by using the given command:

sudo systemctl status mysql
check mysql status

And if it's not active, you can start MySQL using the given command:

sudo systemctl start mysql

To start MySQL on every boot, you can use the given command:

sudo systemctl enable mysql
enable mysql on every boot

How to uninstall MySQL from Ubuntu

To remove MySQL completely from your Ubuntu system, the first is to stop the MySQL service:

sudo systemctl stop mysql

Now, let's remove every package associated with MySQL so you can have ideal reinstallation:

sudo apt-get purge --auto-remove mysql-server mysql-client mysql-common mysql-server-core-* mysql-client-core-*

And if you want to remove the configuration data:

sudo rm -rf /etc/mysql /var/lib/mysql

That should get your job done.

Wrapping Up

This was my take on how you can install MySQL including how to troubleshoot a secure script and uninstall MySQL from Ubuntu.

I hope you will find this helpful and if you still have any issues, feel free to ask in the comments.

Sagar Sharma