How To Install MySQL 8.0 on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04

5 min readSep 17, 2022


Today’s guide describes the installation of MySQL 8.0 on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04. MySQL is one of the most commonly used Database Management Systems. It uses the concept of relational databases and has a client/server architecture. It can be installed on various operating systems including Windows, CentOS and Debian among others.

For upgrades from older releases of MySQL, beware there are notable number of new features in MySQL 8. Please consult your applications expert if using third party solutions / integrations. If the applications are developed in-house, read the new features in detail to decide if changes are required at the application level.

Some MySQL 8.0 key highlights include:

  • MySQL Document Store
  • SQL Roles
  • Transactional Data Dictionary
  • Default to utf8mb4
  • Common Table Expressions
  • Window Functions
  • And many more.

The below steps describe how to install and configure MySQL 8.0 on Ubuntu 22.04|20.04

Step 1: Add MySQL APT repository

Ubuntu 22.04 already comes with MySQL 8.0 packages. You can skip repository addition on Ubuntu 22.04, only perform the operation on Ubuntu 20.04.

Download the repository using the below command:


Once downloaded, install the repository by running the command below:

sudo dpkg -i mysql-apt-config_0.8.22-1_all.deb

Choose MySQL ubuntu focal if OS is not detected.


The next prompt shows MySQL 8.0 chosen by default. Choose the first option and click OK


In the next prompt, select MySQL 8.0 server and click OK.


The next prompt selects MySQL8 by default. Choose the last option Ok and click OK.

Step 2: Update MySQL Repository

Run the below command to update your system packages index list.

sudo apt update

Now search for MySQL 8.0 using apt cache as shown below:

### Ubuntu 22.04 ###

$ apt-cache policy mysql-server


Installed: (none)

Candidate: 8.0.29-0ubuntu0.22.04.2

Version table:

8.0.29-0ubuntu0.22.04.2 500

500 jammy-updates/main amd64 Packages

500 jammy-updates/main i386 Packages

500 jammy-security/main amd64 Packages

500 jammy-security/main i386 Packages

8.0.28-0ubuntu4 500

500 jammy/main amd64 Packages

500 jammy/main i386 Packages

### Ubuntu 20.04 ###

$ sudo apt-cache policy mysql-server


Installed: (none)

Candidate: 8.0.29-1ubuntu20.04

Version table:


500 focal/mysql-8.0 amd64 Packages

Step 3: Install MySQL 8.0 on Ubuntu22.04|20.04

Ubuntu 22.04:

sudo apt install mysql-client mysql-server

Ubuntu 20.04:

Having found MySQL 8.0 in our system, we are going to install MySQL 8.0 client, MySQL 8.0 server with the below command:

sudo apt install mysql-client mysql-community-server mysql-server

Hit the y key to start the installation:

Need to get 35.3 MB of archives.

After this operation, 311 MB of additional disk space will be used.

Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y

Set a strong password for root MySQL user


Confirm root password by typing it again.


Set default authentication plugin. Use Strong Password Encryption mechanism.


Step 4: Secure MySQL Installation

Run the command below to secure MySQL Server installed onon Ubuntu20.04/22.04:

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Press Enter. When prompted for password, provide the root password set above

Enter current password for root (enter for none): 

VALIDATE PASSWORD PLUGIN can be used to test passwords

and improve security. It checks the strength of password

and allows the users to set only those passwords which are

secure enough. Would you like to setup VALIDATE PASSWORD plugin?

Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No: Y

There are three levels of password validation policy:

LOW Length >= 8

MEDIUM Length >= 8, numeric, mixed case, and special characters

STRONG Length >= 8, numeric, mixed case, special characters and dictionary file

Please enter 0 = LOW, 1 = MEDIUM and 2 = STRONG: 1

Using existing password for root.

Estimated strength of the password: 25

Change the password for root ? ((Press y|Y for Yes, any other key for No) : n

Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y

Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y

Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y

Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y

Thanks for using MariaDB!

Step 5) Validate MySQL 8.0 Installation

Connect to MySQL to check MySQL installed version. To connect to MySQL, run the below command:

$ mysql -u root -p

Enter password:

Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.

Your MySQL connection id is 9

Server version: 8.0.27 MySQL Community Server - GPL

Copyright (c) 2000, 2021, Oracle and/or its affiliates.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its

affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective


Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.


Provide the root password set above and once connected, execute the command as below to display MySQL version.





| 8.0.27 |


1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Creating MySQL Database and User (Optional)

While still connected to MySQL, you can run the following commands to create a database and grant user the permissions.


CREATE USER 'mydbuser'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'DBUserStr0ngPassw0d.';

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON mydb.* TO 'mydbuser'@'%';



Step 6: Enabling MySQL remote access (Optional)

By default, MySQL remote access is disabled. To enable it we need to edit mysqld.cnf file as below:

sudo vim /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf

Look for the line ‘bind_address’ and change as below:

# By default we only accept connections from localhost 

#bind-address =

bind-address =

Save the file and restart mysql

sudo systemctl restart mysql

Allow remote connections through the firewall

sudo ufw allow from  to any port 3306

sudo ufw enable

To access the database from a remote machine, run the following command:

$ mysql -u user -h database_server_ip -p




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