How to install MariaDB on Linux Mint 18

install mariadb on linux mint 18

Linux Mint Tutorial РHello everyone, today we will learn how to install MariaDB on Linux Mint 18. MariaDB is a fork of MySQL Server which is very popular among the database server around the world. Installing MariaDB on Linux Mint 18 is very easy. We will guide you step by step to install MariaDB on Linux Mint 18.

Steps to install MariaDB on Linux Mint 18

Step 1. Update System

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Install and Configure MariaDB

dhani@dhani-Mint ~ $ sudo apt-get install mariadb-server
[sudo] password for dhani: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  libaio1 libdbd-mysql-perl libdbi-perl libmysqlclient20 libterm-readkey-perl mariadb-client-10.0 mariadb-client-core-10.0 mariadb-common mariadb-server-10.0
  mariadb-server-core-10.0 mysql-common
Suggested packages:
  libmldbm-perl libnet-daemon-perl libsql-statement-perl mailx mariadb-test tinyca
Recommended packages:
  libhtml-template-perl
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  libaio1 libdbd-mysql-perl libdbi-perl libmysqlclient20 libterm-readkey-perl mariadb-client-10.0 mariadb-client-core-10.0 mariadb-common mariadb-server
  mariadb-server-10.0 mariadb-server-core-10.0 mysql-common
0 upgraded, 12 newly installed, 0 to remove and 174 not upgraded.
Need to get 15,8 MB of archives.
After this operation, 145 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 

Configure MariaDB Server

In Linux Mint 18, MariaDB won’t ask to enter root password during installation and usually, after installing MariaDB on other Linux distribution, we execute the following command:

mysql_secure_installation

But in Linux Mint case, you will get an error like this:

dhani@dhani-Mint ~ $ mysql_secure_installation

NOTE: RUNNING ALL PARTS OF THIS SCRIPT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL MariaDB
      SERVERS IN PRODUCTION USE!  PLEASE READ EACH STEP CAREFULLY!

In order to log into MariaDB to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user.  If you've just installed MariaDB, and
you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none): 
ERROR 1698 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'
Enter current password for root (enter for none):

To fix this, we need to do the following

dhani@dhani-Mint ~ $ sudo mysql -u root
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 48
Server version: 10.0.29-MariaDB-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 Ubuntu 16.04

Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

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

MariaDB [(none)]> use mysql;
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Database changed

MariaDB [mysql]> update user set plugin='' where User='root';
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)
Rows matched: 1  Changed: 1  Warnings: 0

MariaDB [mysql]> flush privileges;
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)

MariaDB [mysql]> 

Now we can re run the secure installation command

dhani@dhani-Mint ~ $ mysql_secure_installation

NOTE: RUNNING ALL PARTS OF THIS SCRIPT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL MariaDB
      SERVERS IN PRODUCTION USE!  PLEASE READ EACH STEP CAREFULLY!

In order to log into MariaDB to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user.  If you've just installed MariaDB, and
you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none): 
OK, successfully used password, moving on...

Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MariaDB
root user without the proper authorisation.

Set root password? [Y/n] y
New password: 
Re-enter new password: 
Password updated successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
 ... Success!


By default, a MariaDB installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MariaDB without having to have a user account created for
them.  This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother.  You should remove them before moving into a
production environment.

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'.  This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] n
 ... skipping.

By default, MariaDB comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access.  This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
 - Dropping test database...
 ... Success!
 - Removing privileges on test database...
 ... Success!

Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

Cleaning up...

All done!  If you've completed all of the above steps, your MariaDB
installation should now be secure.

Thanks for using MariaDB!

Step 3. Run and Enable MariaDB Service on Linux Mint

sudo systemctl start mysql
sudo systemctl enable mysql

Thanks for reading this tutorial how to install MariaDB on Linux Mint 18.

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