How To Use the MySQL One-Click Install Image for Ubuntu 16.04
How To Use the MySQL One-Click Install Image for Ubuntu 16.04
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How To Use the MySQL One-Click Install Image for Ubuntu 16.04

PostedJuly 27, 2017 4k views One-Click Install Apps MySQL DigitalOcean DigitalOcean Articles Ubuntu 16.04


MySQL is an open-source database management system, commonly installed as part of the popular LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl) stack. It uses a relational database and SQL (Structured Query Language) to manage its data.

MySQL can be used to store, secure, and retrieve data for many kinds of applications, including data warehousing, e-commerce, and logging applications. It is most often associated with web-based applications and online publishing.

DigitalOcean's MySQL One-Click Application image quickly deploys a Ubuntu server with MySQL already installed, as well as phpMyAdmin to help manage your database server. This image will install the latest version of MySQL included in the APT package repository by default. If you need a specific version of MySQL, you can follow our How To install the latest version of MySQL guide.

Step 1 — Creating a MySQL Droplet

To create a MySQL Droplet, start on the Droplet creation page. In the Choose an image section, click the One-click apps tab and select the MySQL on 16.04 image.

Next, select a size for your Droplet, your desired region, and any additional settings (like private networking IPv6 support, or backups). Add any SSH keys and fill in a hostname for your Droplet. When you're ready, click Create Droplet to spin up the server.

After your Droplet has been created, let's connect to it as root via SSH to run MySQL's included security script.

Step 2 — Securing MySQL

Log in to your Droplet as root via SSH. If you haven't used SSH or PuTTY before, you can read this How To Connect To Your Droplet with SSH tutorial. Make sure to replace your_server_ip with your Droplet's IP address, which can be found in the Droplets tab.

  • ssh root@your_server_ip

If you are prompted for a password, enter the password that was emailed to you when the Droplet was created and follow the on-screen prompts to replace your temporary password. If you set up the Droplet with SSH keys, the keys will be used for authentication instead.

Once you log in, you'll see the Message of the Day. This contains the username and password for phpMyAdmin, the location of the MySQL root user password, and information on open application ports configured in the firewall.

Message of the Day
Thank you for using DigitalOcean's MySQL 1-Click. For your convience, phpMyAdmin has been installed to help you manage your Database server. You may connect to it via: URL: Username: admin Passowrd: 73b7c69f2f08bae8998e1f84bfc4a171334b5b4cc679bf4a The details of your PHP installation can be seen at Passwords have been saved to /root/.digitalocean_password You are encouraged to run mysql_secure_installation to ready your server for production. The UFW firewall is enabled. All ports execpt for SSH, HTTP/HTTPS and MySQL are blocked by default. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To delete this message of the day: rm -rf /etc/update-motd.d/99-one-click The programs included with the Ubuntu system are free software; the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright. Ubuntu comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by applicable law.

If you need to refer back to this later, you can find the information in the file /etc/update-motd.d/99-one-click.

Before you run MySQL's security script, you'll need the MySQL root password. Print the contents of /root/.digitalocean_password.

  • cat /root/.digitalocean_password

You'll see three lines, like this:


Copy the root MySQL password. Next, run the mysql_secure_installation script to prepare your server for production. This will guide you through some procedures that will remove some defaults that are dangerous to use in a production environment.

  • mysql_secure_installation

This will prompt you for the root password that was set during installation, which is saved in /root/.digitalocean_password/. You can press Y and then ENTER to accept the defaults for all subsequent questions. For a more detailed walkthrough of these options, you can see this step of the LAMP installation tutorial.

Now that MySQL is installed and secured, let's test that it works.

Step 3 — Testing MySQL

The first check you can do is to see which version of MySQL is installed.

  • dpkg -s mysql-server

You'll see output like this, which includes the version of the package and other information.

Package: mysql-server Status: install ok installed Priority: optional Section: database Installed-Size: 180 Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <> Architecture: all Source: mysql-5.7 Version: 5.7.18-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 Depends: mysql-server-5.7 . . .

MySQL should have started running automatically, so check the status of the process, too.

  • systemctl status mysql.service

You'll see output similar to the following:

● mysql.service - MySQL Community Server Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mysql.service; enabled; vendor preset: en Active: active (running) since Wed 2016-11-23 21:21:25 UTC; 30min ago Main PID: 3754 (mysqld) Tasks: 28 Memory: 142.3M CPU: 1.994s CGroup: /system.slice/mysql.service └─3754 /usr/sbin/mysqld

If MySQL isn't running, you can start it with sudo systemctl start mysql.

For an additional check, you can try connecting to the database using the mysqladmin tool, which is a client that lets you run administrative commands. For example, this command says to connect to MySQL as root (-u root), prompt for a password (-p), and return the version.

  • mysqladmin -p -u root version

You'll see output similar to this:

mysqladmin Ver 8.42 Distrib 5.7.16, for Linux on x86_64 Copyright (c) 2000, 2016, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. Server version 5.7.16-0ubuntu0.16.04.1 Protocol version 10 Connection Localhost via UNIX socket UNIX socket /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock Uptime: 30 min 54 sec Threads: 1 Questions: 12 Slow queries: 0 Opens: 115 Flush tables: 1 Open tables: 34 Queries per second avg: 0.006

This means MySQL is up and running.

Next Steps

With your MySQL one-click image up and running, you can now start working on your project. Here are a few examples of next steps you can take:


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