How to install MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04


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Installing MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04

MySQL is a widely used open-source relational database management system. It is a popular choice for web applications, providing a reliable and scalable solution for storing and retrieving data. In this guide, we will outline the steps to install MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04.

Step 1: Update System Packages

Before installing any new software, it is always a good idea to update the system packages using the following commands:

        sudo apt update
        sudo apt upgrade

Step 2: Install MySQL

To install MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04, you can use the following command:

sudo apt install mysql-server

During the installation, you will be prompted to set a root password for MySQL. Make sure to choose a strong password and remember it as you will need it to access the MySQL server later.

Step 3: Secure MySQL Installation

After installing MySQL, it is recommended to run the security script that comes with MySQL. This script will help to secure the installation by removing unnecessary default settings and setting up the root user securely. Run the command below to start the script:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Follow the prompts and answer the questions as needed to complete the process. It is highly advisable to go through all the steps for a secure MySQL installation.

Step 4: Start and Enable MySQL Service

To start the MySQL service, you can use the following command:

sudo systemctl start mysql

To enable MySQL to start on system boot, run the following command:

sudo systemctl enable mysql

Step 5: Verify Installation

To verify the MySQL installation, you can run the following command to check the service status:

sudo systemctl status mysql

If the service is active and running, you will see the status as "Active: active (running)".


You have successfully installed MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04. MySQL is now ready to be used as a reliable database server for your web applications. Take advantage of its powerful features to store and manage your data efficiently.

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