In this article we will look at how you can install MariaDB 10.5 on CentOS 8 | CentOS 7 Linux machine. MariaDB is a community fork of MySQL relational database management system with huge community support. The stable version of MariaDB 10.5 was released on June 2020 and it will be supported until June 2025. You can see all the new features in MariaDB 10.5 from the changes page. The software can be used free of charge under the conditions of the GNU General Public License Version 2.

If you’re doing an upgrade from another version like 10.4 check the official upgrade guide and take note of the differences between the two versions of MariaDB. This is important for production use cases where custom variables have been used to tune the database and ensure efficiency in transactions.

Install MariaDB 10.5 on CentOS 8 | CentOS 7

The MariaDB team provides maintained repositories with the latest packages for different flavors of Linux. For CentOS we’ll use YUM repository.

Step 1: Add MariaDB YUM repository

Run the following commands to add the repository provided by MariaDB to your CentOS server.

Add repository to CentOS 8:

sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/mariadb.repo<<EOF
name = MariaDB
baseurl =

Add repository to CentOS 7:

sudo tee /etc/yum.repos.d/mariadb.repo<<EOF
name = MariaDB
baseurl =

Confirm the repository is working by updating cache.

sudo yum makecache

List available repositories:

$ sudo yum repolist
repo id                                                                    repo name
AppStream                                                                  CentOS-8 - AppStream
BaseOS                                                                     CentOS-8 - Base
extras                                                                     CentOS-8 - Extras
mariadb                                                                    MariaDB

Step 2: Install MariaDB 10.5 on CentOS 8 | CentOS 7

Once the repository has been added and confirmed to be working we can proceed with the installation of MariaDB 10.5 on CentOS 8 / CentOS 7 Linux machine.

sudo yum install MariaDB-server MariaDB-client

You can check list of packages to be installed and agree if okay with it.

Installing weak dependencies:
 perl-IO-Socket-IP                         noarch                    0.39-5.el8                                              AppStream                     47 k
 perl-IO-Socket-SSL                        noarch                    2.066-4.el8                                             AppStream                    297 k
 perl-Mozilla-CA                           noarch                    20160104-7.el8                                          AppStream                     15 k
Enabling module streams:
 perl                                                                5.26                                                                                      
 perl-DBI                                                            1.641                                                                                     

Transaction Summary
Install  54 Packages

Total download size: 67 M
Installed size: 298 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y

Also agree to import GPG key when prompted.

Importing GPG key 0x1BB943DB:
 Userid     : "MariaDB Package Signing Key <[email protected]>"
 Fingerprint: 1993 69E5 404B D5FC 7D2F E43B CBCB 082A 1BB9 43DB
 From       :
Is this ok [y/N]: y

RPM package details:

$ rpm -qi  MariaDB-server
Name        : MariaDB-server
Version     : 10.5.4
Release     : 1.el8
Architecture: x86_64
Install Date: Sun 28 Jun 2020 07:21:20 PM CEST
Group       : Applications/Databases
Size        : 132807324
License     : GPLv2
Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Tue 23 Jun 2020 11:03:04 PM CEST, Key ID cbcb082a1bb943db
Source RPM  : MariaDB-server-10.5.4-1.el8.src.rpm
Build Date  : Tue 23 Jun 2020 06:59:51 PM CEST
Build Host  : rhel8-amd64
Relocations : (not relocatable)
Vendor      : MariaDB Foundation
URL         :

Step 3: Start MariaDB Service on CentOS 8 | CentOS 7

Both CentOS 8 and CentOS 7 uses Systemd init system. We can start the service with systemctl command as shown below.

sudo systemctl start mariadb

To enable the service to be started when the server is rebooted use the following command:

$ sudo systemctl enable mariadb
Created symlink /etc/systemd/system/ → /usr/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service.

Check service status with systemctl status command:

$ systemctl status mariadb
● mariadb.service - MariaDB 10.5.4 database server
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
  Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/mariadb.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Sun 2020-06-28 19:34:56 CEST; 1min 35s ago
     Docs: man:mariadbd(8)
 Main PID: 4328 (mariadbd)
   Status: "Taking your SQL requests now..."
    Tasks: 9 (limit: 24392)
   Memory: 67.7M
   CGroup: /system.slice/mariadb.service
           └─4328 /usr/sbin/mariadbd

Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: 2020-06-28 19:34:56 0 [Note] InnoDB: 10.5.4 started; log sequence number 45041; transaction id 21
Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: 2020-06-28 19:34:56 0 [Note] Plugin 'FEEDBACK' is disabled.
Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: 2020-06-28 19:34:56 0 [Note] InnoDB: Loading buffer pool(s) from /var/lib/mysql/ib_buffer_pool
Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: 2020-06-28 19:34:56 0 [Note] InnoDB: Buffer pool(s) load completed at 200628 19:34:56
Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: 2020-06-28 19:34:56 0 [Note] Server socket created on IP: '::'.
Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: 2020-06-28 19:34:56 0 [Note] Reading of all Master_info entries succeeded
Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: 2020-06-28 19:34:56 0 [Note] Added new Master_info '' to hash table
Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: 2020-06-28 19:34:56 0 [Note] /usr/sbin/mariadbd: ready for connections.
Jun 28 19:34:56 mariadbd[4328]: Version: '10.5.4-MariaDB'  socket: '/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock'  port: 3306  MariaDB Server
Jun 28 19:34:56 systemd[1]: Started MariaDB 10.5.4 database server.

If you need other systems in the network to access the database server allow port 3306:

sudo firewall-cmd --add-service=mysql --permanent
sudo firewall-cmd --reload

For remote connection to work the service should be listening on an IP address and not localhost loopback interface.

# Listen on specific IP address in the server

# Listen on all available interfaces

Step 4: Secure MariaDB Database on CentOS 8 | CentOS 7

There is a script provided for hardening MariaDB database server. The script helps you to:

  • Set root password
  • Remove anonymous database users
  • Disallow remote database login as root user
  • Remove test databases

To start the database hardening process run the command below.

$ sudo 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
haven't set the root password yet, you should just press enter here.

Enter current password for root (enter for none): 
OK, successfully used password, moving on...

Setting the root password or using the unix_socket ensures that nobody
can log into the MariaDB root user without the proper authorisation.

You already have your root account protected, so you can safely answer 'n'.

Switch to unix_socket authentication [Y/n] y
Enabled successfully!
Reloading privilege tables..
 ... Success!

You already have your root account protected, so you can safely answer 'n'.

Change the 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!

Test login as root user without password:

$ mysql -u root <ENTER>

You should get an access denied error:

ERROR 1698 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost'

Now try as root user and provide the pasword:

$ mysql -u root -p
Enter password: <ENTER-PASSWORD>
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 24
Server version: 10.5.4-MariaDB MariaDB Server

Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

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

MariaDB [(none)]> SELECT VERSION();
| VERSION()      |
| 10.5.4-MariaDB |
1 row in set (0.001 sec)

MariaDB [(none)]> QUIT

Your database server is now ready for use. The only additional setting that you may require is tuning it to optimal performance depending on your application requirements and use case. This is beyond the scope of this guide.

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