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How to Install MariaDB on Ubuntu 22.04

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How to Install MariaDB on Ubuntu 22.04. MariaDB is one of the most widely used database software built over MySQL and used for several well-known applications that utilize like WordPress and many more.

In this guide you are going to learn how to install latest MariaDB community server on Ubuntu 22.04

This setup is tested on Google cloud, so it will work on all cloud hosting services like AWS, Azure or any VPS or any dedicated servers running Ubuntu 22.04.


  • Root access to your server or a sudo user.

Step 1: Setup Initialization

Start by updating the packages to the latest version available using the following command.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Once you have updated the setup you can start the setup.

Step 2: Install MariaDB

By default Ubuntu 22.04 repositories have the MariaDB version 10.6 package. So you can install it directly

sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client

Once the installation is completed, the MariaDB service will start automatically. To verify that the MariaDB server is running, type:

sudo service mariadb status

The output should show that the service is enabled and running:

● mariadb.service - MariaDB 10.6.7 database server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Thu 2022-05-12 16:49:10 UTC; 9h ago
       Docs: man:mariadbd(8)
   Main PID: 1632 (mariadbd)
     Status: "Taking your SQL requests now..."
      Tasks: 7 (limit: 1146)
     Memory: 261.7M
        CPU: 1min 41.373s
     CGroup: /system.slice/mariadb.service
             └─1632 /usr/sbin/mariadbd

Now you have installed the latest version of MariaDB server.

Step 3: Secure MariaDB

MariaDB installation comes with a script named mysql_secure_installation that allows you to easily improve the MariaDB server security.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

You will be prompted to switch authentication type.

Setting the root password or using the unix_socket ensures that nobody
can log into the MariaDB root user without the proper authorisation.

You already have your root account protected, so you can safely answer 'n'.

Switch to unix_socket authentication [Y/n]

It would be better to enter n to use the default authentication method. If this is switched it can be sufficient for some greater security and usability in many cases, but it also complicated things when you needed to allow administrative rights for external programs (e.g., phpMyAdmin).

On the next prompt, you will be asked to set a password for the MariaDB root user.

If you set up the validate password plugin, the script will show you the strength of your new password. Type y to confirm the password.

Next, you’ll be asked to remove the anonymous user, restrict root user access to the local machine, remove the test database, and reload privilege tables. You should answer y to all questions.

You can check the MariaDB version using the below command.

sudo mysqladmin version
mysqladmin  Ver 9.1 Distrib 10.6.7-MariaDB, for debian-linux-gnu on x86_64
Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Server version          10.6.7-MariaDB-2ubuntu1
Protocol version        10
Connection              Localhost via UNIX socket
UNIX socket             /run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
Uptime:                 2 min 47 sec

Threads: 1  Questions: 74  Slow queries: 0  Opens: 33  Open tables: 26  Queries per second avg: 0.443

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Now you have learned how to install MariaDB server on Ubuntu 22.04 and secure it.

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