How to Install MySQL 8 on Oracle Linux 8

MySQL is one of the most popular open source database management systems. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install MySQL 8 on Oracle Linux 8.

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MySQL 8 is the latest major version upgrade of MySQL. It comes with many new features and improvements such as better performance, new SQL functions, new JSON data type support, atomic DDL statements, invisible indexes, etc.

In this tutorial, we will install MySQL 8 on Oracle Linux 8 from the default repositories.


Before you install MySQL, you need:

  • Oracle Linux 8 fresh installation
  • Non-root user with sudo privileges
  • Internet connection

Step 1 - Enable MySQL 8 Repository

Enable the MySQL 8 repository:

sudo dnf module enable mysql -y

This will enable the community MySQL 8.0 modules.

Step 2 - Install MySQL

Install MySQL server:

sudo dnf install @mysql -y

This will install MySQL 8.0 on your Oracle Linux system.

Step 3 - Start MySQL Service

Start the MySQL service:

sudo systemctl start mysqld

Step 4 - Secure the MySQL Installation

Run the mysql_secure_installation script:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

This will set the root password, remove anonymous users etc.

Step 5 - Create MySQL User

Create a dedicated MySQL user for your applications:

CREATE USER 'myuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'myuser'@'localhost';

Step 6 - Test MySQL

Connect to the MySQL shell:

mysql -u myuser -p

Step 7 - Create Sample Database

Create a test database:

USE mytestdb;

  name VARCHAR(50),
  email VARCHAR(50)

MySQL is now installed and ready to use!


We have demonstrated how to install MySQL 8 on Oracle Linux 8 from the default repositories. You can now use MySQL for your database applications on Oracle Linux.

If you want to learn more about MySQL, please use our MySQL tutorials and MySQL Reference.