Setup MariaDB on CentOS7/RHEL7

This article will guide through installing MariaDB server and its configuration on CentOS7/RHEL7. The assumption for this article is that you are using a clean build of CentOS7. Let's start with setting up the repo for MariaDB.

Go ahead and setup MariaDB repo for the download.

# vi /etc/yum.repos.d/MariaDB.repo

name = MariaDB
baseurl =

Now download MariaDB

# yum -y install MariaDB-server

Now enable it start at boot and start the service

# systemctl enable mariadb && systemctl start mariadb && systemctl status mariadb

Now securely configure MariaDB

# 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:
Re-enter new 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!

You can check the installed version of MariaDB using this command.

# mysql -V
mysql Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.1.37-MariaDB, for Linux (x86_64) using readline 5.1

That's it the MariaDB server is ready to be used with the basic config.

Please do let us know if you come across any issues and we will try to help resolve as soon as we can.

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