How to Install MySQL on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Today, we’re going to be installing MySQL on a Ubuntu 14.04 server.

Let’s do a quick pre-flight check to ensure we have everything we need to get started:

  • These instructions are intended for installing MySQL on a single Ubuntu 14.04 LTS node.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Self Managed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

Step 1: Install MySQL

First, you’ll follow a simple best practice: ensuring the list of available packages is up to date before installing anything new.

apt-get update


Installing MySQL is as simple as running just one command:

apt-get install mysql-server php5-mysql

You may receive the following prompt or something similar:

After this operation, 98.2 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n]

Enter Y to continue.

Next, you’ll be asked:

New password for the MySQL “root” user:

This is an administrative account in MySQL with elevated privileges; enter a strong password.

Then you’ll be asked to verify the root MySQL password:

Repeat password for the MySQL “root” user:

That’s it! Your basic MySQL installation is now complete!

Step 2: Configure MySQL for Use

Next, we’ll instruct MySQL to create its database directory structure:


Step 3: Secure MySQL

And now let’s secure MySQL by removing the test databases and anonymous user created by default:



You’ll be prompted to enter your current password. Enter the root MySQL password set during installation:

Enter current password for root (enter for none):

Then, assuming you set a strong root password, go ahead and enter n at the following prompt:

Change the root password? [Y/n] n

Remove anonymous users, Y:

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y

Step 4: Verify MySQL InstallationDisallow root logins remotely, Y:

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y

Remove test database and access to it, Y:

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y

And reload privilege tables, Y:

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y

Step 4: Verify MySQL Installation

You can check the version of the MySQL installation with the following command:

mysql -V


Enter the MySQL command client:

mysql -p


You’ll be asked for the root password for the MySQL server, which was set earlier in this tutorial:

Enter password:

And then you should be greeted with the following:

Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or g.
Your MySQL connection id is 47
Server version: 5.5.40-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 (Ubuntu)

Copyright (c) 2000, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

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.

mysql>standing by


Exit the command line with the following command:


To stop MySQL:

service mysql stop

To start MySQL:

service mysql start

To check the status of MySQL:

service mysql status

To restart MySQL:

service mysql restart


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