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Debian 8 - Install MySQL 5.6

MySQL 5.6 promises some performance increases over version 5.5, but requires at least 1GB of RAM to run/install, unlike 5.5 which would run well on a 512MB RAM VPS. Execute the following script to install the server.

Check the wget line in the script below against here to check if it is still the latest version.

cd /tmp

# Confirm the version at

sudo dpkg -i mysql-apt-config_*.deb

# At the popup-page, select "Apply"

# Install mysql-server package
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mysql-community-server -y


Last updated: 25th January 2021
First published: 16th August 2018