Installing And Testing MySQL Server On Amazon EC2 Server

First you need to connect to your Amazon EC2 instance with SSH, you can do that by using PuTTy on windows and Terminal on Linux or ┬áMac. Once you’re connected to EC2 server, issue the following commands to install MySQL.

yum install mysql mysql-server mysql-libs
service mysqld start
chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on

If you want to make your MySQL secure, then issue the following command. Answer each question either Y or N for Yes or No. Securing MySQL just mean that you provide a password for root user, delete the guest user and a few more simple things.


Thats it! MySQL is installed. Now, lets login to MySQL and play around.

First lets login with root user having no password

mysql -h localhost -u root -p

Create a dummy database my_first_db

create database my_first_db;

If command runs successfully, you will see a message similar to this

Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

Lets confirm if our database has been created. Issue the following command

show databases;

and you may see something similar to this

| Database |
| information_schema |
| my_first_db |
| mysql |
| performance_schema |
| test |
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Lets create a small table in my_first_db. Following is the table create statement

firstname VARCHAR(20),
lastname VARCHAR(35),
email VARCHAR(35)

Lets confirm if our table is created with the following command

describe my_table;

You may see something like this

| Field | Type | Null | Key | Default | Extra |
| firstname | varchar(20) | YES | | NULL | |
| lastname | varchar(35) | YES | | NULL | |
| email | varchar(35) | YES | | NULL | |
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

That’s it. You have installed and tested MySQL server on Amazon EC2.

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