How to install MySQL 8.0 Server on Debian 11 Bullseye

MySQL doesn’t need any introduction, it has been around for years and widely used open source Database management system. Here we learn how to install MySQL server and client on Debian 11 Bullseye.

Well, just like Debian 10 Buster, the 11 Bullseye also got the MariaDB as the default MySQL variant to install. Yes, you won’t be able to install the Oracle MySQL using the default repository of Debain 11. Well, being a fork of MySQL, MariaDB will work similar and also stable. And compatible with all application that required the MYSQL.

Nevertheles, still those who want Oracle’s MySQL and only its features they can add its repository manually using this tutorial to get it.


Steps to install Oracle MySQL on Debian 11 Bullsyeye

The given steps in this tutorial can be used for Debian 10 Buster as well and other similar Linux systems.

1. Download MySQL repository Debian package

Configuration of MySQL repsotiory on Debian and its based systems is very easy. Just go to its official community download page and there you will get the latest Apt repsotiory in the deb binary form to download. You can also use the given commands instead.

sudo apt install wget -y

Downloading MySQL repsository Debian


2. Add MySQL APT repostiory

Once you have the MySQL repo on your Debian 11 system in the form of binary package, let’s install the same using the APT package manager.

sudo apt install ./mysql-apt-config_*_all.deb

You will get option to select for what you want to add via the repository. Use the Arrow key, select MySQL Server & Cluster , then press the TAB button to select OK and hit then the Enter key.

Select MySQL server and cluster

Select the available version of MySQL Server, here in our case it was myslq-8.0. After that use the TAB to select OK and hit the Enter key.

Select Database version to install

Again Select OK and then use the TAB  to move to OK and hit the Enter key.

Select MySQL 8.0 repository for Debian 11 Bullseye

This will automatically configure the latest Debian repository of the Database on your Debian 11 server.

Extra info: In the future, if you want to add any additional tools using its repository or want to reconfigure it run:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure mysql-apt-config


3. Refresh the Debian 11 Repository cache

Once you have added the repo, run the system update command to rebuild the cache. So that the system can recognize the packages available on your newly added repo.

sudo apt update


4. Command to install MySQL on Debian 11 Bullseye

Next, like for any regular package to install using the APT package manager install the MYSQL Database server as well.

sudo apt install mysql-server

Note: If you already have MariaDB on your system then first remove the same to avoid conflicts.

Command to install Oracle MySQL server on Debian 11 Bullseye

Enter the password that you want to use with the MySQL server and then select the Strong authentication method:

Use Strong authentication method


5. Start and Enable Database server service

Once the installation is completed, let’s start and enable the service of Oracle MySQL on Debian 11, so that it could start automatically with system boot.

sudo systemctl enable --now mysql

To check its status:

systemctl status mysql

Check database service status


6. Secure your Database server

This is the extra step to make sure we take all necessary steps to make sure our database is secure enough to dodge any malicious attempt to access it by someone.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

Follow the text-based wizard to set a root password (if required), remove the demo database, disallow remote root login and remove anonymous users.

Secure MySQL database deployement on Debian 11 bullseye


That’s it, you are done!! To know further how to manage Database table and users using a web interface, refer to our another tutorial-  Install phpMyAdmin on Debian 11 Bullseye



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