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How To Check MySQL Version on Linux

Check MySQL Version on Linux

In this tutorial, we will show you how to check the MySQL version on Linux. For those of you who didn’t know, MySQL (and its drop-in replacement MariaDB) is the most popular open-source relational database management system. It is a fast and secure relational database management system. MySQL is a free open-source relational database management system that uses SQL (structured query language). It is a necessary part of almost every open-source PHP tool. A few of the examples of PHP & MySQL-based scripts are WordPress, Joomla, Magento, and Drupal.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step checking of the MySQL/MariaDB version on Linux.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Linux.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Check MySQL Version on Linux

Simply follow the below steps to check the MySQL version in Linux:

  • Check MySQL Version From the Command Line

The MySQL server binary is named mysqld. To get the server version run the binary using the --version or -V option:

mysqld --version


mysqld Ver 8.0.25-0ubuntu0.18.04.1 for Linux on x86_64 ((Ubuntu))

You can also check the MySQL or MariaDB database server version using the below command:

mysqladmin -V

The output will be slightly different from the previous command:

MySQL output:
mysqladmin  Ver 8.0.26-0ubuntu0.20.04 for Linux on x86_64 ((Ubuntu))

MariaDB output:
mysqladmin  Ver 9.1 Distrib 10.3.28-MariaDB, for Debian-linux-gnu on x86_64
  • Check MySQL Version From the MySQL Shell

In this method, you can use MySQL Client Tools to find version details:

sudo mysql


Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 4
Server version: 8.0.28-0ubuntu0.20.04 (Ubuntu)

To get the information about the MySQL version and other components, query the version variables:

mysql> SHOW VARIABLES LIKE "%version%";


| Variable_name           | Value                   |
| innodb_version          | 5.8.14                  |
| protocol_version        | 10                      |
| slave_type_conversions  |                         |
| tls_version             | TLSv1,TLSv1.1           |
| version                 | 8.0.28-0ubuntu0.20.04 |
| version_comment         | (Ubuntu)                |
| version_compile_machine | x86_64                  |
| version_compile_os      | Linux                   |
  • Check MySQL Version Using the PHPMyAdmin Interface

If you aren’t familiar with running commands through ssh, you may have access to PHPMyAdmin on the server which gives a nice graphical interface for managing the databases. Login into your hosting account, and open up the PHP Admin, and look at the right side of the phpMyAdmin dashboard, there you can see a box named Database server:

Check MySQL Version on Linux

Congratulations! You have successfully checked the MySQL version. Thanks for using this tutorial to Check the MySQL Version of a server. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official MySQL website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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