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Install MySQL 5.5.xx on Ubuntu

MySQL Download URL

Open the terminal and follow along:

  • Uninstall any existing version of MySQL
sudo rm /var/lib/mysql/ -R
  • Delete the MySQL profile
sudo rm /etc/mysql/ -R
  • Automatically uninstall mysql
sudo apt-get autoremove mysql* --purge
sudo apt-get remove apparmor
  • Download version 5.5.51 from MySQL site
  • Add mysql user group
sudo groupadd mysql
  • Add mysql (not the current user) to mysql user group
sudo useradd -g mysql mysql
  • Extract it
sudo tar -xvf mysql-5.5.56-linux-glibc2.5-x86_64.tar.gz
  • Move it to /usr/local
sudo mv mysql-5.5.56-linux-glibc2.5-x86_64 /usr/local/
  • Create mysql folder in /usr/local by moving the untarred folder
cd /usr/local
sudo mv mysql-5.5.56-linux-glibc2.5-x86_64 mysql

  • set MySql directory owner and user group
cd mysql
sudo chown -R mysql:mysql *
  • Install the required lib package (works with 5.6 as well)
sudo apt-get install libaio1
  • Execute mysql installation script
sudo scripts/mysql_install_db --user=mysql
  • Set mysql directory owner from outside the mysql directory
sudo chown -R root .
  • Set data directory owner from inside mysql directory
sudo chown -R mysql data
  • Copy the mysql configuration file
sudo cp support-files/my-medium.cnf /etc/my.cnf
  • Start mysql
sudo bin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql &
sudo cp support-files/mysql.server /etc/init.d/mysql.server
  • Set root user password
sudo bin/mysqladmin -u root password '[your new password]'
  • Add mysql path to the system
sudo ln -s /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql /usr/local/bin/mysql
  • Reboot!

  • Start mysql server

sudo /etc/init.d/mysql.server start
  • Stop mysql server
sudo /etc/init.d/mysql.server stop
  • Check status of mysql
sudo /etc/init.d/mysql.server status
  • Enable myql on startup
sudo update-rc.d -f mysql.server defaults

*Disable mysql on startup (Optional)

sudo update-rc.d -f mysql.server remove

  • Now login using below command, start mysql server if it's not running already

mysql -u root -p
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