This guide has been written to help you install MariaDB on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8. CentOS 8 is distributed with MariaDB 10.3 which is binary-compatible with MySQL. MariaDB 10.3 is a multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server. You can find all RHEL 8 new features on my previous article Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL 8) New Features & Review
MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system. it is a fast and robust database server with a huge community behind its development and improvements.
MariaDB 10.3 in RHEL8 vs 5.5 distributed in RHEL 7
MariaDB 10.3 available in RHEL 8 provides numerous new features over 5.5 available in RHEL 7. Some of the new changes are:
- InnoDB is used as the default storage engine instead of XtraDB.
- System-versioned tables
- FOR loops
- MariaDB Galera Cluster, a synchronous multi-master cluster, is now a standard part of MariaDB.
- Instant ADD COLUMN for InnoDB
- Invisible columns
- Parallel replication
- Multi-source replication
- Common table expressions
- Storage-engine independent column compression
Install MariaDB 10.3 on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8
Follow the steps below to install and configure MariaDB 10.3 on RHEL 8 / CentOS 8.
Step 1: Update your RHEL 8 system
sudo dnf -y update
Step 2: Install MariaDB Database Server
mariadb package is available in the AppStream repository and can be installed by running the command:
sudo dnf module install mariadb
Confirm installation using y
Transaction Summary ======================================================================================================================================================= Install 13 Packages Total download size: 32 M Installed size: 164 M Is this ok [y/N]: y
Confirm the version of MariaDB installed
$ rpm -qi mariadb-server Name : mariadb-server Epoch : 3 Version : 10.3.10 Release : 2.el8+2039+dffd8723 Architecture: x86_64 Install Date: Sat 01 Dec 2018 04:31:39 AM EST Group : Unspecified Size : 87570890 License : GPLv2 with exceptions and LGPLv2 and BSD. Signature : RSA/SHA256, Mon 15 Oct 2018 05:22:06 AM EDT, Key ID 199e2f91fd431d51 Source RPM : mariadb-10.3.10-2.el8+2039+dffd8723.src.rpm Build Date : Fri 12 Oct 2018 09:48:53 AM EDT Build Host : x86-vm-05.build.eng.bos.redhat.com Relocations : (not relocatable) Packager : Red Hat, Inc. <http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla> Vendor : Red Hat, Inc. URL : http://mariadb.org Summary : The MariaDB server and related files Description : MariaDB is a multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server. It is a client/server implementation consisting of a server daemon (mysqld) and many different client programs and libraries. This package contains the MariaDB server and some accompanying files and directories. MariaDB is a community developed branch of MySQL.
Step 3: Start and Configure MariaDB on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8
Activate the mariadb service using the command below:
sudo systemctl enable --now mariadb
Once the service is started, run the command
mysql_secure_installation to harden MariaDB database server security.
$ 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 you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank, so you should just press enter here. Enter current password for root (enter for none): OK, successfully used password, moving on... Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MariaDB root user without the proper authorisation. Set root password? [Y/n] y New password: <ENTER NEW PASSWORD> Re-enter new password: <CONFIRM 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!
- Set Database root user password
- Remove anonymous users
- Disallow root user remote logins
- Remove test database and access to it
When done, test access using the root user
$ mysql -u root -p Enter password: Welcome to the MariaDB monitor. Commands end with ; or g. Your MariaDB connection id is 16 Server version: 10.3.10-MariaDB MariaDB Server 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)]> SELECT VERSION(); +-----------------+ | VERSION() | +-----------------+ | 10.3.10-MariaDB | +-----------------+ 1 row in set (0.001 sec)
You have now installed MariaDB database server on RHEL 8. Stay connected for more MariaDB database server configurations on RHEL 8.
If you prefer managing MariaDB database Server from a web interface, check our guide on how to Install and Configure phpMyAdmin on RHEL 8.