In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with
sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.
MySQL is the most popular open-source relational database management system. It supports both SQL and NoSQL, and has a pluggable storage engine architecture. Additionally, it also comes with multiple database connectors for different programming languages, allowing you to develop applications using any of the well known languages, and many other features.
- Operating System with Ubuntu 18.04
- Server IPv4 Address with Superuser Privileges (Root Access)
- Gnome Terminal for Linux Desktop
- PuTTy SSH client for Windows or macOS
- Powershell for Windows 10/11
- Familiar with APT Commands
Install MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04
Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Step 2. Installing MySQL on Ubuntu.
Install the MySQL package with the following command:
sudo apt install mysql-server
Once the installation is completed, the MySQL service will start automatically. To check whether the MySQL server is running, type:
sudo systemctl status mysql
Step 3. Securing MySQL.
You should now run mysql_secure_installation to configure security for your MySQL server:
Then enter yes/y to the following security questions:
Remove anonymous users? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y Disallow root login remotely? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y Remove test database and access to it? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y Reload privilege tables now? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y
As a test, you can log into the MySQL server and run the version command:
sudo mysqladmin -p -u root version
That’s all you need to do to install MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.