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Install Mysql on Debian

One of the best relational database systems available for free and open-source to store data is MySQL. This database provides data in table format and with two versions of community server or enterprise server. The source code is the same in both versions, but Enterprise is not free. It is provided in a special way and has the ability to add other plugins. Developers and those with online businesses use MySQL to store data in electronic websites, content management systems, and more. This guide will examine how to install MySQL on Debian.


Here are some requirements before installing MySQL on Debian on Linux VPS or operating systems:

  • An up-to-date Debian distribution
  • Root access or an account with sudo privileges

4 Simple Steps to Install MySQL on Debian

Follow the instructions below to have a successful and hassle-free installation process for MySQL on Debian.

Step 1. Adding MySQL Dev APT Repository

You can find MySQL packages on the official MySQL dev apt repository:

sudo apt update && sudo apt -y  install wget
sudo dpkg -i mysql-apt-config_0.8.26-1_all.deb

You should press OK and agree to configure MySQL repositories. Also, you will encounter a prompt that asks you to confirm the addition of MySQL repositories as default. Press OK:

add MySQL repository

Finally, press Enter/OK to confirm the version installation.

Tip: If the version of Debian is 12, select the Bullseye repository and then add this:

echo "deb bullseye-security main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bullseye-security.list

Step 2. Installing MySQL Packages

Now that you have added the repository, use the following command to install MySQL on Debian. The first command will update the repository:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install mysql-server

Provide a password, cause you will be asked to give a root password:

provide password for MySQL

To confirm the new password, you have to re-enter it:

root password confirmation - Install Mysql on Debian

Finally, you must select the authentication plugin and click OK to complete the installation of MySQL on Debian:

select authentication plugin - Install Mysql on Debian

Use the apt-policy command to check the version installed:

apt policy mysql-server
  Installed: 8.0.34-1debian11
  Candidate: 8.0.34-1debian11
  Version table:
 *** 8.0.34-1debian11 500
        500 bullseye/mysql-8.0 amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

After following the steps above, the MySQL database should start by default. To know the status of the service, you can use the following command:

systemctl status mysql 
● mysql.service - MySQL Community Server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mysql.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Wed 2023-09-27 14:10:16 UTC; 22s ago
       Docs: man:mysqld(8)
    Process: 26431 ExecStartPre=/usr/share/mysql-8.0/mysql-systemd-start pre (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
   Main PID: 26590 (mysqld)
     Status: "Server is operational"
      Tasks: 38 (limit: 2340)
     Memory: 358.2M
        CPU: 1.831s
     CGroup: /system.slice/mysql.service
             └─26590 /usr/sbin/mysqld

Sep 27 14:10:15 debian11 systemd[1]: Starting MySQL Community Server...
Sep 27 14:10:16 debian11 systemd[1]: Started MySQL Community Server.

Step 3: Testing the MySQL Installation

To check if the MySQL service is working correctly, you can test it.

You should login as the root user and enter the password you created before:

mysql -u root -p 
Enter password: 
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 8
Server version: 8.0.34 MySQL Community Server - GPL

Copyright (c) 2000, 2023, Oracle and/or its affiliates.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

| 8.0.34    |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

In this section, you can create a database and user but just for testing:

CREATE USER 'test_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY "Jek1oleiboafei4eeghu";
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON test_db.* TO 'test_user'@'localhost';

Now that you have a test user, try to access the database console:

mysql -u test_user -p 
Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

| Database           |
| information_schema |
| test_db            |
2 rows in set (0.01 sec)

mysql> QUIT

If your login is approved, and you are able to use the assigned database. It means your installation has been successful. Now log in as root again and drop the test database:

mysql> DROP DATABASE test_db;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.11 sec)

mysql> DROP USER 'test_user'@'localhost';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.11 sec)

mysql> SELECT USER FROM mysql.user;
| USER             |
| mysql.infoschema |
| mysql.session    |
| mysql.sys        |
| root             |
4 rows in set (0.00 sec)

mysql> QUIT


MySQL is a great database to use on different online platforms. One of the advantages of this technology is that you can use it for free. Here we tried to give you a straightforward guide to teach you how to install it on different versions of the Debian operating system. Follow the steps and enjoy using this useful database. let us know if you encounter any problems with this tutorial.

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