MySql 8 installation on Ubuntu 20

Carvia Tech | November 19, 2020 | | 24 views

Please ensure tha you have sudo privileges in your ubuntu OS before proceeding with the rest of the article.

Update your system repositories
sudo apt update

Now install MySQL 8 using the below command:

sudo apt install mysql-server

This command should be enough to install MySQL on your system.

To check the status of mysql service, run the below command:

sudo systemctl status mysql
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mysql.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: active (running) since Sat 2020-11-07 08:22:34 IST; 41min ago
    Process: 144105 ExecStartPre=/usr/share/mysql/mysql-systemd-start pre (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
   Main PID: 144133 (mysqld)
     Status: "Server is operational"
      Tasks: 38 (limit: 14007)
     Memory: 336.4M
     CGroup: /system.slice/mysql.service
             └─144133 /usr/sbin/mysqld

Nov 07 08:22:34 e2e-72-183 systemd[1]: Starting MySQL Community Server...
Nov 07 08:22:34 e2e-72-183 systemd[1]: Started MySQL Community Server.
Stop the server
sudo systemctl stop mysql
Start the server
sudo systemctl start mysql
Restart the server
sudo systemctl restart mysql

Secure server installation

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Adding user to database

Though we can use root user to connect the database, but it’s recommended to create a separate user (with least-privilege principle) for database access from application.

We can easily add a new user in MySQL by launching mysql shell and run the following commands:

sudo mysql

or, if you have enabled password access for root:

mysql -u root -p
Create a new user and grant access
USE mysql;
CREATE USER 'user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'user'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

You can change the password for any existing user too:

ALTER USER 'user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED WITH mysql_native_password BY 'password';

To change user’s host, run the below command:

RENAME USER 'user'@'localhost' TO 'user'@'remote_server_ip';

Alternatively, just create a new user account that will only connect from the remote host:

CREATE USER 'foo'@'remote_server_ip' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Normally we should give least-privilege to the user based on need, you can restrict privileges based on host, database and tables, as show below:

Grant permissions to all tables in database_foo:
GRANT ALL ON database_foo.* TO 'user'@'localhost';
Grant permissions to allow remote login from other hosts:
GRANT ALL ON database_foo.* TO 'user'@'%';
Grant permissions to a specific table only:
GRANT ALL ON database_foo.table_foo TO 'user'@'localhost';
Grant user permissions to all tables and databases from all hosts (except the grant permission):
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'user'@'%';
Creating a Super User with Grant option:
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'user'@'localhost' WITH GRANT OPTION;

To show grants for a given user, run the below command:

SHOW GRANTS FOR 'user'@'localhost';

Allow remote access

By default, MySQL installation does not allow connections from host other than localhost or, you need to make the modifications to the below configuration file to allow remote connections to MySQL:

# Instead of skip-networking the default is now to listen only on
# localhost which is more compatible and is not less secure.
bind-address		=

Now just create a user that have grant options for remote access using the below command:

Create a new user and grant access for remote access
USE mysql;
CREATE USER 'remote_user'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'remote_user'@'%' WITH GRANT OPTION; (1)
1 Instead of specifying wildcard '%', you can provide a specific IP address which should be allowed for remote logins using this account.
To create a super user with grant option, use the below command instead:
GRANT ALL ON *.* TO 'remote_user'@'%' WITH GRANT OPTION;

Configure firewall

If Ubuntu firewall is turned on, it won’t allow you to make connections to the database without adding rule to its configuration.

It is recommended not to open port 3306 for everyone on internet, instead you should allow mysql connections for a given ip address:

sudo ufw allow from <remote-ip> to any port 3306
Check firewall status
sudo ufw status
Enable firewall
sudo ufw enable

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