How To Install MySQL Database Server on CentOS


For those of you who didn’t know, MySQL is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that runs as a server providing multi-user access to a number of databases. The MySQL source code is freely available because it was originally developed as freeware. MySQL is written in C and C++ and is compatible with all major operating systems. MySQL can be used for a variety of applications, but is most commonly found on Web servers.

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. I will show you through the step by step installation MySQL in CentOS server.

Install MySQL Database Server on CentOS

To install, first you must add the Remi yum repository information corresponding to your CentOS/RHEL version to yum:

For CentOS 6.x use:

 For CentOS 5.x use:

After installing Remi repository on your system, then look for MySQL latest version using –enablerepo=remi switch option.

Sample output:


Installing MySQL 5.5.37:



Starting / Stopping MySQL Server on CentOS

Hardening MySQL with mysql_secure_installation:

Connecting to MySQL Server:

Connecting to newly installed MySQL server by providing username and password.

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed MySQL. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing MySQL server in CentOS system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official MySQL web site.

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