How to Install MariaDB 10.1 on CentOS 7

Updated on March 9, 2017
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In this article, we will outline the process of installing PHP 7.x MariaDB 10.1, the latest stable release of the MariaDB 10.x series at the time of writing this article, on CentOS 7.


Step 1: Create the MariaDB 10.1 YUM repo file

cat <<EOF | sudo tee -a /etc/yum.repos.d/MariaDB.repo
# MariaDB 10.1 CentOS repository list
name = MariaDB
baseurl =

Note: The code for setting up newer releases of MariaDB 10.x may wary in the future. You should always check out the official MariaDB website to confirm the code to be used.

Step 2: Install MariaDB 10.1 using YUM

sudo yum install MariaDB-server MariaDB-client -y

Step 3: Start the MariaDB service and make it auto-start on system boot

sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

Step 4: Secure the installation of MariaDB

sudo /usr/bin/mysql_secure_installation

Answer questions as below, and ensure that you will use your own MariaDB root password:

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter button
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: your-MariaDB-root-password
  • Re-enter new password: your-MariaDB-root-password
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]: Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]: Y

That's it. From now on, you can use MariaDB to create and maintain MySQL databases in accordance with your requirements.