Install MySQL 8 on Oracle Linux 7

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install MySQL 8 on Oracle Linux 7. This article gives example of installing on MySQL on Oracle Linux. Linux supports a number of different solutions for installing MySQL.

Server / Environment Details:

Operating System Name / Version

Oracle Linux 7.4 (64 bit)

MySQL Database Version




IP Address

Linux Installation Methods and Information:


Setup Method


Enable the MySQL Apt repository


Enable the MySQL Yum repository


Enable the MySQL SLES repository


Download a specific package


Download a specific package


Download a generic package


Compile from source


Use Docker Hub for MySQL Community Edition; download Docker image for MySQL Enterprise Edition from My Oracle Support

Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network

Use ULN channels

As an alternative, you can use the package manager on your system to automatically download and install MySQL with packages from the native software repositories of your Linux distribution. These native packages are often several versions behind the currently available release.

Install MySQL on Linux Using MySQL Yum Repository:

Adding MySQL Yum Repository:

Download MySQL Yum Repository from for your Operating System and Install the downloaded release package with the following command:

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# yum localinstall mysql80-community-release-el7-3.noarch.rpm

Use this command to see all the sub-repositories in the MySQL Yum repository, and see which are enabled:

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# yum repolist enabled | grep "mysql.*-community.*"

Install MySQL 8 Community Server:

When using the MySQL Yum repository, the latest GA series is selected for installation by default.

Use this command to see all the sub-repositories in the MySQL Yum repository, and see which of them are enabled or disabled.

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# yum repolist all | grep mysql

The repository which is enabled will be installed in the system. If you want to install a particular version then, disable other versions and enable that particular version.

For example, if want to install MySQL 5.7 then disable all other versions and keep MySQL 5.7 repository enabled:

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]#  sudo yum-config-manager --disable mysql80-community

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]#  sudo yum-config-manager --enable mysql57-community

Execute the following command to install MySQL 8 (as its enabled in our environment here):

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# yum install mysql-community-server


Start and enable MySQL Service:

Use this command to start mysql service:

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# service mysqld start

You can check the status of the MySQL server with the following command:

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# service mysqld status

Make sure the mysqld service is set to start on reboot and start the service. Execute following command:

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# chkconfig mysqld on

At the initial startup of the server, the following happens, given that the data directory of the server is empty:

·         The server is initialized.

·         SSL certificate and key files are generated in the data directory.

·         validate_password is installed and enabled.

·         A superuser account 'root'@'localhost is created. A password for the superuser is set and stored in the error log file.

Get default password for root user and change it accordingly:

When you install MySQL, the root user account is granted a temporary password. To show the password of the root user account, use this command:

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# grep 'temporary password' /var/log/mysqld.log

Note that your temporary password will be different for all installations. You will need this password for changing the password of the root user account.

Connect to mysql and change the root password:

[root@demodbhost sw_dump]# mysql -uroot -p

mysql> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'Demo#1NewPass';

Use the SHOW DATABASES command to display all databases in the current server:

mysql> show databases;

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