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How to update MySQL to a version that is not available in Debian's repository

Sometimes Debian's repository does not have the MySQL version that we need.

The problem

Debian's repository does not have the MySQL version that we need.

The solution

This will update the sql server and local tooling.

If we already have mysql-apt-config , we run the command dpkg-reconfigure mysql-apt-config with a root user or with the sudo command. If not, we install it.

Installing mysql-apt-config

Go to https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/repo/apt/ and download the file as instructed there. In the following instructions I assume the file is called mysql-apt-config_0.8.15-1_all.deb .

Verify the md5sum of the file we just downloaded. Compare the output of md5sum ~/Downloads/mysql-apt-config_0.8.15-1_all.deb with the md5 checksum listed on the linked page on the download page. At the time of writing it links to https://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/verifying-package-integrity.html . I like to use a scripting language to compare the two. If they don't match it could indicate a corrupted download or a corrupted file on the server. Don't proceed to install the file; another possibility is that it may have been adjusted to contain malware.

Running mysql-apt-config

We can open the file with dpkg . It will allow us to configure which MySQL version we want. dpgk is part of the Debian package management system.

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/mysql-apt-config_0.8.15-1_all.deb .

We see a text that explains the process, and a list with some options. In my case I am configuring a standard server, so I select the option "MySQL Server & Cluster". We can walk to the desired option with the up/down keys, and select the option with the enter key. We submit the selected option by choosing and pressing the enter key. We can move between the options list and the button by using the right/left keys. When we are finished we can exit the program by choosing the "ok" option on the main menu.

Installing the selected version

With a root user or the sudo command, we run apt update and apt upgrade to install the latest packages, including the ones we just configured.


There is one last command to run. I know that the command runs checks and upgrades for the system database and all other databases, but it probably does more than that. We run mysql_upgrade -u root with a root user or with the sudo command. Here we use root, but we can use whichever database user we normally use to administer this database server.

Now we are finished!