MySQL is the most popular database, mostly used in developing database driven websites or in other words web Applications (Web Apps or Apps). it’s Free and open source. MySQL is a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS), that runs like a server and serves the requests (usually CRUD (Create, Retrieve, Update, Delete) operations) from the clients.
On Ubuntu 11.04 (Alias : Natty Narwhal) , if you want to use any database server, then of course MySQL is the best choice. This post will guide you in installing MySQL server/client (current version : 5.1) from Synaptic Package Manager or Command Line. In last I’ll also show you, how to connect to the MySQL database at the Terminal/shell, although you can also install use graphical tool to manage MySQL database – e.g MySQL Query Browser, MySQL Administrator or phpMyAdmin. MySQL is very popular in the combination of : LAMP – Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP.
Installing MySQL Server on Ubuntu 11.04
From Synaptic Package Manager
#1 : Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for ‘mysql’. Then select (check the box) the mysql server 5.1 to install. If you want to install some other packages, then click on yes, if it asks for dependencies.
#2 : Then click on Apply and wait for the installation to complete.
#3 : In the , middle of the installation you will be prompted to Enter the MySQL ROOT Password. Enter a good password for that, but remember!, you need this password to manage the MySQL databases and users, so don’t forget!!
#4 : Relax, until the installation is complete.
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
Now you can connect to MySQL server using the command (In the example the Server Address : localhost, Username : root) –
mysql -h localhost -u root -p
Then Enter your Password (ROOT Password, that you entered in step #3) to connect to the server running at localhost.