How to Install MySQL 8 on CentOS 8

In this article, We are going to perform How to install MySQL 8 on CentOS 8 or any other cloud platform like Amazon EC2, Azure VM, Google Compute Cloud, etc., with preinstalled CentOS 8.


MySQL is open-source relational database management server and mostly used in web-base technology and is owned by Oracle.


  • CentOS 8 with Minimal Installation
  • SSH access with sudo privileges
  • Firewall Port: 3306

New Features in MySQL 8.0

  • Transnational Data Dictionary
  • Atomic Data Definition Statement Support
  • Enhanced Security and account management.
  • Persistent runtime configuration
  • Table encryption management
  • MySQL’s JSON functionality Enhancements
  • Support different types of indexes and Query Optimization
  • Supports windows functions
  • Handling client connections on multiple network interfaces

If you want to know detailed features of MySQL 8.0 , go through this link.

Step 1: Download and Install MySQL 8 RPM Repository

Switch to Root user

$ sudo su

Below are commands to add/download MySQL RPM repository using command line,

# wget

Then, below command is to install above downloaded rpm repository,

# rpm -ivh mysql80-community-release-el8-1.noarch.rpm

Check if MySQL 8 repository added and Enables in CentOS 8

# yumrepolist all | grep mysql | grep enabled


Last metadata expiration check: 0:18:06 ago on Sun 05 Apr 2020 06:01:32 AM EDT.
mysql-connectors-community         MySQL Connectors Community     enabled:    42
mysql-tools-community              MySQL Tools Community          enabled:    19
mysql80-community                  MySQL 8.0 Community Server     enabled:    31

Step 2: Install MySQL 8 on CentOS 8

Disable AppStream temporarily and Install MySQL 8 Community Server

# yum --disablerepo=AppStream install -y mysql-community-server

Sample output:

MySQL 8.0 Community Server 27 MB/s | 27 kB 00:00
Importing GPG key 0x5072E1F5:
Userid : "MySQL Release Engineering <[email protected]>"
Fingerprint: A4A9 4068 76FC BD3C 4567 70C8 8C71 8D3B 5072 E1F5
From : /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-mysql
Key imported successfully
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
Preparing : 1/1
Installing : mysql-community-common-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 1/4
Installing : mysql-community-libs-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 2/4
Running scriptlet: mysql-community-libs-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 2/4
Installing : mysql-community-client-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 3/4
Running scriptlet: mysql-community-server-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 4/4
Installing : mysql-community-server-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 4/4
Running scriptlet: mysql-community-server-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 4/4
Verifying : mysql-community-client-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 1/4
Verifying : mysql-community-common-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 2/4
Verifying : mysql-community-libs-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 3/4
Verifying : mysql-community-server-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 4/4

mysql-community-server-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 mysql-community-client-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 mysql-community-common-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64 mysql-community-libs-8.0.19-1.el8.x86_64


Start the MySQL Service

# systemctl start mysqld

Check status MySQL Service

 # systemctl status mysqld


mysqld.service - MySQL Server
Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mysqld.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
Active: active (running) since Sun 2020-04-05 06:14:09 EDT; 3s ago
Docs: man:mysqld(8)
Process: 18779 ExecStartPre=/usr/bin/mysqld_pre_systemd (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
Main PID: 18881 (mysqld)
Status: "Server is operational"
Tasks: 39 (limit: 26213)
Memory: 578.6M
CGroup: /system.slice/mysqld.service
└─18881 /usr/sbin/mysqld

Enable the MySQL service at system startup

# systemctl enable mysqld

Step 3: Secure MySQL Installation

After installing MySQL 8 root password can be found in /var/log/mysqld.log directory, copy it and enter while securing MySQL

# cat /var/log/mysqld.log | grep -i 'temporary password'


2020-04-05T10:13:29.408103Z 5 [Note] [MY-010454] [Server] A temporary password is generated for [email protected]: dgZWT4Nut>2A

MySQL Server comes with a script mysql_secure_installation this can do multiple security related operations,

# mysql_secure_installation

Next, you have to enter yes or No to below security features,

  • Change the password for root ? ((Press Y|Y for Yes, any other key for No)
  • Remove anonymous users? (Press Y|Y for Yes, any other key for No)
  • Disallow root login remotely? (Press Y|Y for Yes, any other key for No)
  • Remove test database and access to it? (Press Y|Y for Yes, any other key for No)
  • Reload privilege tables now? (Press Y|Y for Yes, any other key for No)
Securing the MySQL server deployment.

Enter password for user root: Enter the Temporary Password

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

New password:   Enter Root Password

Re-enter new password:  Re-Enter Root 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) : no We have already set root password

 ... 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 - To remove Anonymous user

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 - Disallow Root Login Remotely

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 - To Remove Test Database
 - 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 - To make above changes , Reload it.

All done!

Step 4: Login to MySQL Database

Use below command to login MySQL database

# mysql -u root -p

here , -u flags specifies User Name and -p flags specifies Password.

After entering password , We can see below welcome message,

Enter password:  Enter the root user password here
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 13
Server version: 8.0.19 MySQL Community Server - GPL

Copyright (c) 2000, 2020, 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.


Successfully We have covered install MySQL 8 on centos 8.

Step 5: Create MySQL Remote User

First, Login to MySQL Server with root user using command line,

Login to MySQL using username root and password

# mysql -u root -p

Below is command is to create user , here i am creating user “fosstechnix“.

mysql> CREATE USER 'fosstechnix'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY '[email protected]';

Next, assign the privileges to database with below command , here i am assigning all databases privileges to user fosstechnix,

If you want to assign privileges to specific database replace ” .” with database name.

mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON * . * TO 'fosstechnix'@'%';


If you want to allow “fosstechnix” user  to give privileges to other user.

 mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'fosstechnix'@'%' WITH GRANT OPTION;

To take effect reload the privileges using below command,


To Exit from mysql> prompt, Type exit.

mysql> exit

Step 6: Enable MySQL Remote Access

By default, In MySQL database server remote access is disabled for security reason.

To enable remote connections of MySQL Server, we have to change bind-address in MySQL configuration file.

Open the /etc/my.cnf file

# vim /etc/my.cnf

Below the [mysqld] section find the Line,

bind-address  =

And replace it to

 bind-address =

Restart the MySQL Server to take effect.

 # systemctl restart mysqld

To Enable MySQL 8 on System startup.

$ systemctl enable mysqld

Step 7: Start,Stop,Restart and Status of MySQL Service

To start MySQL Service

# systemctl start mysqld

To stop MySQL Service

# systemctl stop mysqld

To restart of MySQL Service

# systemctl restart mysqld

To check status of MySQL Service

# systemctl status mysqld


In this article, We have covered How to install MySQL 8 on CentOS 8, mysql secure installation, creating user in MySQL 8, Enable remote access in MySQL and checked MySQL Service to start,stop,enable and restart.

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