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MySql is a relational Database Management System.


Install the packages mysql-server and mysql-client (which depends on the current "best" version of mysql).

MySql Server

MySql will start on boot time. You can also type manually (as root):

  /etc/init.d/mysql start

After an upgrade of the Debian package you might need to run (as root):


MySql will only install if you have a NON-NUMERIC hostname that is resolvable via the /etc/host file

  • The Debian package of MySql server creates the user debian-sys-maint that is used in the start-stop and cron scripts. Don't delete him.

MySql Client

To use MySql client just type as any user :


You can use too MySql Navigator (GUI client program for MySql database server) typing


in a terminal (the package name is the same to get it using apt or Synaptic).

or mysql-query-browser (official GUI tool to query MySql database).

After installation, you can find it in the Debian / Database menu too.

You can use too MySql Control Center, gmyclient and gnome-database .

If you have Apache and PHP installed, you can use phpMyAdmin to administer any MySql databases.