Install MySQL 8 on CentOS

In this article, we show the detailed steps to install MySQL 8 on CentOS 8/7/6.

CentOS is a widely used Linux distribution, CentOS belongs to the RedHat architecture.


Please log in to the system as a root user or a user with administrator permissions.

Install MySQL in CentOS

Download and install MySQL yum repository

Please execute the following command to download and install MySQL Yum repository according to your own different system:

  • CentOS 8

    yum localinstall mysql80-community-release-el8-1.noarch.rpm
  • CentOS 7

    yum localinstall mysql80-community-release-el7-1.noarch.rpm
  • CentOS 6

    yum localinstall mysql80-community-release-el6-1.noarch.rpm

Install MySQL 8 Community Server

Execute the following command to install MySQL 8 Community Server:

yum install mysql-community-server -y

Start the MySQL service

Use the following command to start the mysql service according to your different system version:

  • CentOS 8 or CentOS 7

    systemctl start mysql
  • CentOS 6

    service mysqld start

Find password for the root user

During MySQL 8.0 Installation, there is a temporary password generate for the root user. You can find the password in log file. Please use the following command:

grep "A temporary password" /var/log/mysqld.log

This is the output:

[Note] A temporary password is generated for root@localhost: Liaka*(Dka&^Kjs

Please note that your local temporary password is different. You will change this password in the following step.

MySQL Security Installation

Execute the following command to protect the MySQL server:


It will prompt you to enter the root user’s current password:

Enter password for user root:

Enter the temporary password found in above step, and then press the Enter key. The following message will be displayed:

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

New password:
Re-enter new password:

Please enter the root user’s new password and confirm the password.

During the configuration process, it will prompt to configure some security options, which should be selected y for the security of the server. These issues include:

  • Remove anonymous users? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y
  • Disallow root login remotely? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y
  • Remove test database and access to it? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y
  • Reload privilege tables now? (Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : y

MySQL service control commands

After the installation is complete, the MySQL service will start automatically. We can use the following commands to view the status of the MySQL service, start, stop, and restart the MySQL server:

  • CentOS 8 or CentOS 7

    • View the status of MySQL server: systemctl status mysqld
    • Start MySQL server: systemctl start mysqld
    • Stop MySQL server: systemctl stop mysqld
    • Restart MySQL server: systemctl restart mysqld
    • Configure MySQL server to start automatically: systemctl enable mysqld
  • CentOS 6

    • View the status of the MySQL server: servie mysqld status
    • Start the MySQL server: servie mysqld start
    • Stop the MySQL server: servie mysqld stop
    • Restart the MySQL server: servie mysqld restart
    • Configure the MySQL server to start automatically: chkconfig mysqld on

Connect to MySQL Server

Please use the following command to connect to the MySQL server:

mysql -u root -p

Then enter the root account password, and press the Enter key. After the verification is passed, the following output will be displayed:


Use SHOW DATABASES displays all the current database server:

mysql> show databases;

This is the output:

| Database           |
| information_schema |
| mysql              |
| performance_schema |
| sys                |
4 rows in set (0.05 sec)

The databases shown above are come with the MySQL server.


In this tutorial, we showed the detailed steps of installing MySQL in CentOS 8/7/6, and introduced several commands for managing MySQL server. Finally, we tried to connect to the database using the mysql client command and showed all the databases.

If you use other operating system platforms, please use the following tutorial: