How to Install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04

This tutorial will be showing you how to install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04 server. MariaDB is a mature, stable, open-source relational database forked from MySQL. Most Linux distributions have replaced MySQL with MariaDB as the default database server. MariaDB powers applications at companies and organizations including Google, Wikipedia, Tencent, Verizon, Deutsche Bank, Huatai Securities and more.

At the time of this writing, the latest stable version is MariaDB 10.5.4, released on June 24, 2020. Notable changes include:

  • A new S3 storage engine, which stores data in Amazon S3
  • It now includes the CloumnStore storage engine, which is a columnar storage engine that utilizes a massively parallel distributed data architecture.
  • New Gamma version of the Spider Storage Engine
  • DROP TABLE now reliably deletes table remnants inside a storage engine even if the .frm file is missing
  • Accelerated crc32() function for AMD64, ARMv8, POWER 8 (MDEV-22669)
  • InnoDB Performance improvements
  • And more.

Install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 18.04, 20.04 From Official Repository

The default Ubuntu repository includes MariaDB package, but the version is out of date. Ubuntu 18.04 contains only MariaDB 10.1 and Ubuntu 20.04 contains MariaDB 10.3. We can install the latest version from the official MariaDB repository.

Visit and select your Linux distribution, release, version, and the repository mirror that you would like to use. For example, I selected Ubuntu 20.04, MariaDB 10.5 and the Limestone Networks mirror, as shown in the following screenshot.

Install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu

Once all of the choices have been made, customized instructions will appear at the bottom of the page. As an example, I need to run the following commands to add the repository on Ubuntu 20.04.

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp:// 0xF1656F24C74CD1D8

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb [arch=amd64,arm64,ppc64el] focal main'

To add the repository on Ubuntu 18.04, simply replace focal with bionic in the third command.

Then update package index and install MariaDB server.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install mariadb-server

The galera-4 package will be installed automatically with the MariaDB server. If you are upgrading an existing MariaDB server to the latest version, you might see the following message.  I recommend choose N to keep the current version and examine what needs to change later.

install mariadb 10.5 on Ubuntu 20.04 18.04

Once the installation finishes, MariaDB server automatically starts. You can check its status with:

systemctl status mysql


systemctl status mariadb

As you can see, it’s active and running.

systemctl status mariadb

Hint: Press Q to gain back control of the terminal if the above command doesn’t quit immediately.

If it’s not running, you can manually start it with:

sudo systemctl start mariadb

To enable auto-start at boot time, run

sudo systemctl enable mariadb

To log in to MariaDB monitor, run

sudo mysql -u root


sudo mariadb -u root

If you are asked to enter a password, you need to enter the password for your user’s sudo password, not the MariaDB root user password.

mariadb 10.5 monitor

We can see that the server version is 10.5.4, installed from binary distribution. To log out, run


Run the Post Installation Script

To secure MariaDB server as much as possible, run the post-installation script.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

MariaDB 10.5 uses unix_socket authentication plugin, so the MariaDB root user doesn’t need a password. When the script asks you to enter the password for root, just press Enter. Answer “n” to the next two questions.

mariadb 10.4 ubuntu 18.04

Then you can press Enter to answer all remaining questions, which will remove anonymous user, disable remote root login and remove test database. This step is a basic requirement for MariaDB database security. (Notice that Y is capitalized, which means it is the default answer. )

mariadb ubuntu 18.10

InnoDB vs XtraDB Storage Engine

By default, until MariaDB 10.1, MariaDB uses the XtraDB storage engine, a performance enhanced fork of the InnoDB storage engine from MySQL. However, over time, MySQL has implemented almost all of the improvements. InnoDB has caught up, so from MariaDB 10.2, InnoDB is the default engine.

To check which is the default storage engine, log into MariaDB monitor and run the following command.

show engines;

On MariaDB 10.1, the above command returns the following result, which indicates XtraDB is the default engine.

XtraDB storage engine

On MariaDB 10.5, the above command returns the following result, which indicates InnoDB is the default engine.

InnoDB storage engine


If during the installation process, you encounter an error like below:

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of mariadb-server:
 mariadb-server depends on mariadb-server-10.5 (= 10.5.5+maria-1~); however:
  Package mariadb-server-10.5 is not configured yet.

That’s probably because your previously installed MariaDB/MySQL server is still running. To fix this error, you need to stop the currently running mysqld process.

sudo kill -9 $(pgrep mysql)

And run the install command again.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

Check MariaDB status:

systemctl status mariadb

We can see that it’s running.

● mariadb.service - MariaDB database server
   Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/mariadb.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
  Drop-In: /etc/systemd/system/mariadb.service.d
   Active: active (running) since Sun 2020-07-05 01:30:09 CST; 1min 57s ago
  Process: 26932 ExecStartPost=/bin/sh -c systemctl unset-environment _WSREP_START_POSITION (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)

If the above method doesn’t work for you, then check out MariaDB error log /var/log/mysql/error.log to find out the cause.

How to Examine Differences Between the Old and New Configuration File

As I said before, if you upgrade an existing MariaDB server to the latest version, you might see the following message. I recommend choosing N to keep the current version and examine what needs to change later.

install mariadb 10.5 on Ubuntu 20.04 18.04

Go to the MariaDB configuration directory.

cd /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/

The old server configuration file is 50-server.cnf and the new configuration file is 50-server.cnf.dpkg-dist. Use the diff utility to compare the two files.

sudo diff -y 50-server.cnf 50-server.cnf.dpkg-dist

The could be some new settings in MariaDB 10.5 and you should apply these new settings to your current config file.


That’s it. I hope this article helped you install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04. As always, if you found this post useful, then subscribe to our free newsletter to get more tips and tricks. Take care 🙂

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2 Responses to “How to Install MariaDB 10.5 on Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04

  • Hello Xiao,

    I did un upgrade of MariaDB to the Stable Version – 10.5 for ubuntu 20.04LTS – and now i cant “sudo mariadb -u root” because it answer with this:

    ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ (using password: NO).

    but if i do “sudo mariadb -u root -p” and enter the password it works.

    Any clue why this is happening?

    Kindest Regards,

    • If you would like to continue to use the unix_socket method, then edit the 50-server.cnf file.

      sudo nano /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf

      Add the following line in the [mariadb] unit at the bottom.

      plugin_load_add = auth_socket

      Save and close the file. Then restart MariaDB server for the change to take effect.

      sudo systemctl restart mariadb

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