Guide :- How to Install MySQL 5.6 Server on CentOS / Redhat 6/7/8

Hello Friends, In this article I am going to explain how we can install MySQL 5.6 server in CentOS and Redhat 6/7/8 using yum command.

System requirements :

  • Server : CentOS release 6.7 (Final)
  • Architecture : i686 i386 GNU/Linux

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Follow the below steps to install MySQL 5.6 server using yum command.

Install MySQL 5.6 server on CentOS and Redhat 

Login into server using ssh protocol. Download and install mysql-community repo using below command.

# ssh root@serve_ip_and _hostname
# mkdir /root/dowload/
# cd /root/download/

Install wget

first of all install wget command on your machine if it is not installed by default. follow this below command to install wget.

# yum install wget

You will get back some output like below if you have already installed wget package.

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Setting up Install Process
\Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base:
* epel:
* extras:
* updates:
Package wget-1.12-8.el6.i686 already installed and latest version
Nothing to do

Download and Install mysql-community repo

Now download and install mysql-community repo

# wget

--2016-11-25 06:30:03--
Connecting to||:80... connected.

Install mysql 5.6 server using yum command

Let’s install MysQL 5.6 server following below command:

#yum install mysql-server

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Setting up Install Process
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base:
* epel:
* extras:
* remi:
* remi-php56:
* remi-safe:
* updates:
ajenti | 2.5 kB 00:00
vz-base | 951 B 00:00
vz-updates | 951 B 00:00
Package mysql-server is obsoleted by mysql-community-server, trying to install mysql-community-server-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 instead
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package mysql-community-server.i686 0:5.6.34-2.el6 will be installed
Install 5 Package(s)
Total size: 73 M
Installed size: 299 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
Warning: RPMDB altered outside of yum.
Installing : mysql-community-common-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 1/5
Installing : mysql-community-libs-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 2/5
Installing : mysql-community-client-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 3/5
Installing : numactl-2.0.9-2.el6.i686 4/5
Installing : mysql-community-server-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 5/5
Verifying : mysql-community-common-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 1/5
Verifying : mysql-community-client-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 2/5
Verifying : numactl-2.0.9-2.el6.i686 3/5
Verifying : mysql-community-libs-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 4/5
Verifying : mysql-community-server-5.6.34-2.el6.i686 5/5
mysql-community-server.i686 0:5.6.34-2.el6
Dependency Installed:
mysql-community-client.i686 0:5.6.34-2.el6 mysql-community-common.i686 0:5.6.34-2.el6 mysql-community-libs.i686 0:5.6.34-2.el6
numactl.i686 0:2.0.9-2.el6

After installation completed restart mysql service using below command.

#service mysqld start


#/etc/init.d/ mysqld start

Note : We have installed MySQL server with blank root password. We will need to reset root password using “mysql_secure_installation” follow below instructions to reset password.


Follow this below command to install mysql secure installation.

# mysql_secure_installation

In order to log into MySQL to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user. If you've just installed MySQL, 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): <ENTER>
OK, successfully used password, moving on...
Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MySQL
root user without the proper authorisation.
Set root password? [Y/n] <Type here “Y”>
New password:*****
Re-enter new password:*****
Password updated successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
... Success!
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 environment.
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] <Type here “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] < Type “ Y “ if you want to disable root remote loging for security purpose>
... Success!
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 environment.
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] < Type “Y” >
... Success!
Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]
... skipping.
All done! If you've completed all of the above steps, your MySQL
installation should now be secure.
Thanks for using MySQL!
Cleaning up...

Now login with you root password

#mysql -uroot -p

Enter password:*****

Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.

Your MySQL connection id is 14

Server version: 5.6.34 MySQL Community Server (GPL)

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