MariaDB is a drop-in replacement for MySQL. It is easy to install, offers many speed and performance improvements, and is easy to integrate into most MySQL deployments. Answers for compatibility questions can be found at: MariaDB versus MySQL – Compatibility. MariaDB offers more storage engines than MySQL, including Cassandra (NoSQL), XtraDB (drop-in replacement for InnoDB), and OQGRAPH.
- These instructions are intended for installing MariaDB on a single CentOS 6 node.
- I’ll be working from a TD Web Services Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.
First, you’ll follow a simple best practice: ensuring the list of available packages is up to date before installing anything new:
yum -y update
Now find which repo you should use with the MariaDB repository generator. We’re going to add the CentOS 6 (64 bit) MariaDB 5.5 repository.
# MariaDB 5.5 CentOS repository list – created 2014-10-03 15:57 UTC
name = MariaDB
baseurl = http://yum.mariadb.org/5.5/centos6-amd64
Then exit and save the file with the command <reference_page_text>:wq .
service mysqld stop
Remove the existing MySQL packages:
yum remove mysql-server mysql
At this point, installing MariaDB is as simple as running just one command:
yum -y install MariaDB-server MariaDB-client
And then start MySQL, now MariaDB, again:
service mysql start
Verify MySQL is now MariaDB by using the command client:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 2
Server version: 5.5.39-MariaDB MariaDB Server
Copyright (c) 2000, 2014, Oracle, Monty Program Ab and others.
Type ‘help;’ or ‘\h’ for help. Type ‘\c’ to clear the current input statement.