How To Install MySQL 8 on Amazon Linux 2

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SQL stands for “structured query language” and it makes up the name MySQL, which is the combination of My and SQL. My is the name of  MySQL’s co-founder, Monty Widenius daughter. MySQL is an open source database management system created primarily for the management of relational databases. For commercial use cases you can buy a license from Oracle for premium support.

In this article I’ll walk you through the installation of MySQL 8.0 on Amazon Linux 2 Server running on AWS Cloud or as a Virtual Machine somewhere in your data center. If you need a detailed article on the new features of MySQL 8, checkout the official release notes page.

Install MySQL 8 on Amazon Linux 2

Amazon Linux is a derivative of CentOS 7 Linux server with few extra repositories and packages for improved performance and integrations with other AWS cloud services. You can check the release of your server by running the following command in the terminal.

$ cat /etc/os-release
NAME="Amazon Linux"
ID_LIKE="centos rhel fedora"
PRETTY_NAME="Amazon Linux 2"

Step 1: Add MySQL Yum Repository to Amazon Linux 2

First, we need to add the MySQL Yum repository to our Amazon Linux 2 server’s repository list. This operation is only done once and provides all MySQL package versions repositories.

Install an RPM repository package by running the commands below:

sudo yum install

Hit the key in your keyboard when prompted to start the installation.

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                                               Arch                               Version                           Repository                                                           Size
 mysql80-community-release                             noarch                             el7-5                             /mysql80-community-release-el7-5.noarch                             9.1 k

Transaction Summary
Install  1 Package

Total size: 9.1 k
Installed size: 9.1 k
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y

Verify that the package was installed successfully.

Total size: 9.1 k
Installed size: 9.1 k
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y
Downloading packages:
Running transaction check
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded
Running transaction
  Installing : mysql80-community-release-el7-5.noarch                                                                                                                                             1/1
  Verifying  : mysql80-community-release-el7-5.noarch                                                                                                                                             1/1

  mysql80-community-release.noarch 0:el7-5


A new repository file has been created inside the /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

$ ls /etc/yum.repos.d
amzn2-core.repo  amzn2-extras.repo  mysql-community.repo  mysql-community-source.repo

You can also view list of configured repositories with yum command.

$ sudo yum repolist
repo id                                                                                          repo name                                                                                      status
amzn2-core/2/x86_64                                                                              Amazon Linux 2 core repository                                                                  27418
amzn2extra-docker/2/x86_64                                                                       Amazon Extras repo for docker                                                                      56
mysql-connectors-community/x86_64                                                                MySQL Connectors Community                                                                     181+49
mysql-tools-community/x86_64                                                                     MySQL Tools Community                                                                             138
mysql80-community/x86_64                                                                         MySQL 8.0 Community Server                                                                        321
repolist: 28114

Step 2: Install MySQL 8 on Amazon Linux 2

Once the repository has been added, install MySQL 8 server packages on Amazon Linux 2.

sudo amazon-linux-extras install epel -y
sudo yum -y install mysql-community-server

A number of dependencies are installed in the process.

Dependencies Resolved

 Package                                                   Arch                              Version                                               Repository                                    Size
 mysql-community-libs                                      x86_64                            8.0.28-1.el7                                          mysql80-community                            4.7 M
     replacing  mariadb-libs.x86_64 1:5.5.68-1.amzn2
 mysql-community-libs-compat                               x86_64                            8.0.28-1.el7                                          mysql80-community                            1.2 M
     replacing  mariadb-libs.x86_64 1:5.5.68-1.amzn2
 mysql-community-server                                    x86_64                            8.0.28-1.el7                                          mysql80-community                            451 M
Installing for dependencies:
 mysql-community-client                                    x86_64                            8.0.28-1.el7                                          mysql80-community                             53 M
 mysql-community-client-plugins                            x86_64                            8.0.28-1.el7                                          mysql80-community                            5.7 M
 mysql-community-common                                    x86_64                            8.0.28-1.el7                                          mysql80-community                            630 k
 mysql-community-icu-data-files                            x86_64                            8.0.28-1.el7                                          mysql80-community                            2.1 M
 ncurses-compat-libs                                       x86_64                            6.0-8.20170212.amzn2.1.3                              amzn2-core                                   308 k

Transaction Summary
Install  3 Packages (+5 Dependent packages)

Total download size: 518 M
Is this ok [y/d/N]: y

Core packages installed are:

  • MySQL server: mysql-community-server
  • MySQL client: mysql-community-client
  • Common error messages and character sets for client and server: mysql-community-common
  • Shared client libraries: mysql-community-libs

Step 3: Start and Configure MySQL 8 on Amazon Linux 2

The next step is to start MySQL server services.

sudo systemctl enable --now mysqld

Confirm if MySQL server service is started and running.

$ systemctl status mysqld
 mysqld.service - MySQL Server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mysqld.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Fri 2022-03-18 07:30:52 UTC; 2s ago
     Docs: man:mysqld(8)
  Process: 4807 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/mysqld_pre_systemd (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
 Main PID: 4880 (mysqld)
   Status: "Server is operational"
   CGroup: /system.slice/mysqld.service
           └─4880 /usr/sbin/mysqld

Aug 12 17:25:33 amazon-linux systemd[1]: Starting MySQL Server...
Aug 12 17:25:38 amazon-linux systemd[1]: Started MySQL Server.

A superuser account ‘root’@’localhost is created with initial password set and stored in the error log file. To reveal it, use the following command:

$ sudo grep 'temporary password' /var/log/mysqld.log
2020-08-12T17:25:34.992227Z 6 [Note] [MY-010454] [Server] A temporary password is generated for [email protected]: BEw-U?DV,7eO

Use this initial password to harden the server.

$ sudo mysql_secure_installation -p
Enter password: 

Set new password and set other settings to better secure access to MySQL server.

Securing the MySQL server deployment.

The existing password for the user account root has expired. Please set a new password.

New password: 

Re-enter new password: 
The 'validate_password' component is installed on the server.
The subsequent steps will run with the existing configuration
of the component.
Using existing password for root.

Estimated strength of the password: 100
Change the password for root ? ((Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) :

 ... skipping.
By default, a MySQL installation has an anonymous user,
allowing anyone to log into MySQL 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

Remove anonymous users? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y

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? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y

By default, MySQL 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

Remove test database and access to it? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y
 - Dropping test database...

 - Removing privileges on test database...

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

Reload privilege tables now? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y

All done!

You can update root password anytime from MySQL shell.

$ mysql -uroot -p
mysql> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '[email protected]!';

The Password Policy is requires:

  • At least one uppercase letter
  • At least one lowercase letter
  • At least one digit
  • At least one special character
  • Total password length is at least 8 characters.

You have installed MySQL 8 server successfully on Amazon Linux 2 and ready to roll


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