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How can I install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) server?. MariaDB is a popular drop-in replacement of MySQL database server with more features, new storage engines, and better performance. You can check a complete list of MariaDB 10.5 features from the official website. The MariaDB database server is published as free and open source software under the General Public License version 2

Install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

To install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 20.04, you need to add MariaDB repository on to the system. Then the installation of MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 20.04 will be done from the APT repository added without any issues.

Step 1: Update System

Ensure your system is updated and install software-properties-common package.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt -y install software-properties-common

Step 2: Import MariaDB gpg key:

Run the command below to add Repository Key to the system:

sudo apt-key adv --fetch-keys 'https://mariadb.org/mariadb_release_signing_key.asc'

Step 3: Add MariaDB APT repository

After importation of repository GPG key, add the APT repository by running the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb [arch=amd64] http://mariadb.mirror.globo.tech/repo/10.5/ubuntu focal main'

Command execution output:

Hit:1 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security InRelease
Hit:2 http://nova.clouds.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal InRelease        
Get:3 http://mariadb.mirror.globo.tech/repo/10.5/ubuntu focal InRelease [3202 B]
Hit:4 http://nova.clouds.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-updates InRelease
Hit:5 http://nova.clouds.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-backports InRelease
Get:6 http://mariadb.mirror.globo.tech/repo/10.5/ubuntu focal/main amd64 Packages [7924 B]
Fetched 11.1 kB in 1s (15.6 kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done

Step 4: Install MariaDB Server on 20.04 Linux

The last step is the installation of MariaDB Server:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install mariadb-server mariadb-client

Hit the y key to accept installation of MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux.

The following additional packages will be installed:
  galera-4 libcgi-fast-perl libcgi-pm-perl libdbd-mariadb-perl libdbi-perl libencode-locale-perl libfcgi-perl libhtml-parser-perl libhtml-tagset-perl
  libhtml-template-perl libhttp-date-perl libhttp-message-perl libio-html-perl liblwp-mediatypes-perl libmariadb3 libmysqlclient21
  libterm-readkey-perl libtimedate-perl liburi-perl mariadb-client-10.5 mariadb-client-core-10.5 mariadb-common mariadb-server-10.5
  mariadb-server-core-10.5 mysql-common socat
Suggested packages:
  libclone-perl libmldbm-perl libnet-daemon-perl libsql-statement-perl libdata-dump-perl libipc-sharedcache-perl libwww-perl mailx mariadb-test
  tinyca
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  galera-4 libcgi-fast-perl libcgi-pm-perl libdbd-mariadb-perl libdbi-perl libencode-locale-perl libfcgi-perl libhtml-parser-perl libhtml-tagset-perl
  libhtml-template-perl libhttp-date-perl libhttp-message-perl libio-html-perl liblwp-mediatypes-perl libmariadb3 libmysqlclient21
  libterm-readkey-perl libtimedate-perl liburi-perl mariadb-client mariadb-client-10.5 mariadb-client-core-10.5 mariadb-common mariadb-server
  mariadb-server-10.5 mariadb-server-core-10.5 mysql-common socat
0 upgraded, 28 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 29.5 MB of archives.
After this operation, 229 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

Step 5: Secure MariaDB Server on 20.04 Linux

You have to manually run the MySQL hardening script.

$ sudo mysql_secure_installation 

NOTE: RUNNING ALL PARTS OF THIS SCRIPT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL MariaDB
      SERVERS IN PRODUCTION USE!  PLEASE READ EACH STEP CAREFULLY!

In order to log into MariaDB to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user. If you've just installed MariaDB, and
haven't set the root password yet, you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none): 
OK, successfully used password, moving on...

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] y
Enabled successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
 ... Success!


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

Change the root password? [Y/n] y
New password: 
Re-enter new password: 
Password updated successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
 ... Success!


By default, a MariaDB installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MariaDB 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 environment.

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

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? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

By default, MariaDB 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 environment.

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] y
 - Dropping test database...
 ... Success!
 - Removing privileges on test database...
 ... Success!

Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] y
 ... Success!

Cleaning up...

All done!  If you've completed all of the above steps, your MariaDB
installation should now be secure.

Thanks for using MariaDB!

The database service should be started automatically after installation.

$  systemctl status mysql
● mariadb.service - MariaDB 10.5.2 database server
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
    Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/mariadb.service.d
             └─migrated-from-my.cnf-settings.conf
     Active: active (running) since Sat 2020-04-25 23:57:39 UTC; 2min 8s ago
       Docs: man:mysqld(8)
             https://mariadb.com/kb/en/library/systemd/
   Main PID: 4309 (mysqld)
     Status: "Taking your SQL requests now..."
      Tasks: 11 (limit: 2344)
     Memory: 82.5M
     CGroup: /system.slice/mariadb.service
             └─4309 /usr/sbin/mysqld

Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[4332]: mysql
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[4332]: performance_schema
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[4332]: Phase 6/7: Checking and upgrading tables
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[4332]: Processing databases
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[4332]: information_schema
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[4332]: performance_schema
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[4332]: Phase 7/7: Running 'FLUSH PRIVILEGES'
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[4332]: OK
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[5138]: Checking for insecure root accounts.
Apr 25 23:57:44 ubuntu20 /etc/mysql/debian-start[5142]: Triggering myisam-recover for all MyISAM tables and aria-recover for all Aria tables

Test login to MariaDB shell using mysql command:

$ mysql -u root -p
Enter password: 
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 56
Server version: 10.5.2-MariaDB-1:10.5.2+maria~focal-log mariadb.org binary distribution

Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

MariaDB [(none)]> 

Check version using the command:

MariaDB [(none)]> SELECT VERSION();
+-----------------------------------------+
| VERSION() |
+-----------------------------------------+
| 10.5.2-MariaDB-1:10.5.2+maria~focal-log |
+-----------------------------------------+
1 row in set (0.000 sec)
MariaDB [(none)]>

Step 5: Install Desktop Database Management Tool

If working with MySQL command line is not your thing, then consider installing a Database Tool to help you. Check out our guide below:

Install and Configure DBeaver on Ubuntu

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