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How to Install and configure MySQL on Arch-based Linux Distributions(Manjaro)

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system developed by Oracle based on structured query language (SQL). It is primarily written in C and C++ programming languages and licensed under the GNU Public License. The client-end API is used to query, filter, sort, group, and modify data stored in the database table in the form of rows and columns. This article is a step-by-step guide for installing and configuring MySQL server on an Arch-based Linux system.

Installation of MySQL on Manjaro

Follow the below steps to install the MySQL database.

Step 1: We will update and upgrade our system by executing the following command:

$ sudo pacman -Syu




Step 2: Install MySQL from the official repository using pacman package manager

$ sudo pacman -S mysql



Step 3: Now, verify the installation by running the below command.

$ mysqld --version


Step 4: Run the following command before starting mysqld

$ mariadb-install-db --user=mysql --basedir=/usr --datadir=/var/lib/mysql

Step 5: Start the MySQL server by using the systemctl command.

$ sudo systemctl start mysqld
$ sudo systemctl status mysqld


Step 6: Once again use systemctl command to enable MySQL service. After command execution, MySQL will restart whenever our machine boots up.

$ sudo systemctl enable mysqld


Configuring MySQL on Manjaro

Follow the below steps to configure MySQL on Manjaro.

Step 1: Start the MySQL configuration script as the sudo user. In this step, we’ll be prompted to change our MySQL installation’s security settings.

$ sudo mysql_secure_installation




Step 2: Now, log into the MySQL command-line interface as the root user.

$ sudo mysql


Step 3: Create a new user with the following command.

> CREATE USER ‘<username>’@’localhost’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘<password>’;


Step 4: Grant all privileges to the newly created user.

> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO ‘<username>’@’localhost’ WITH GRANT OPTION;


Step 5: Free up any cached memory and exit the MySQL client.

> exit


Step 6: Now, log in with the newly created user.

> mysql -u testuser -p


Step 7: At this point, we have successfully installed and configured MySQL on our Manjaro machine.



Run the below command to see the list of available databases.



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