How To Install MariaDB on CentOS 8 / RHEL 8

(: September 24, 2019)

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:{text-align:left} img{margin:0 auto 0 0}
  • 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.
  • Sequences
  • 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

The 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  :
Relocations : (not relocatable)
Packager    : Red Hat, Inc. <>
Vendor      : Red Hat, Inc.
URL         :
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 


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!

Ensure you:

  • 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.

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