How to Install MySQL or MariaDB on Google Cloud Server

This post shows students and new users steps to install MySQL or MariaDB database server on Google Cloud servers running Ubuntu Linux. If you want run a website online, you’ll need a web server. You’ll probably also need a database server installed if you want run dynamic and some of the popular CMS, like WordPress, Drupal or Drupal.

MySQL and MariaDB are the most popular open source database servers in use today, and run on majority of websites online.

This is the sixth post in this series which can be used as a beginner’s guide to learn how to create a website domain, set up a Google Cloud server with Ubuntu Linux and install software and packages to build and run a website online.

In this series:

Now that you’ve learned how to create a website domain and set up a Google Cloud server, this post shows you how to install MySQL or MariaDB on Google Cloud servers with Ubuntu Linux.

A web server allows content to be published and served to web clients and your audience browsing your website. A database server allows you to store your website content efficiently.

If you’re going to be running a popular content management system (CMS), then a database server is certainly required.

In our first post, we mentioned that after you create a domain name, it can’t be used until forwarded or pointed to a server. In the second post, we showed you how to point a domain to a server we created.

At this point, we’re ready to connect to our Google Cloud server and begin installing software and additional packages that will be used to run a website online.

How to connect to Google Cloud server

Google Cloud server (Compute Engine) allows users to connect using SSH from the browser window to their virtual machine (VM) instance from within the Google Cloud Console. 

SSH from the browser supports the following:

  • Web browsers
    • Latest version of Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and later
    • Safari 8 and later. Note that Safari in private browser mode is not supported.
  • Virtual machine configurations
    • All Linux VM images that are natively available in Google Cloud.

No additional software or browser extensions needed. Simply login to Google Cloud Console, and go to Menu ==> Compute Engine ==> VM instances.

In the list of virtual machine instances, click SSH in the row of the instance that you want to connect to.

Alternatively, you can open an SSH connection to an instance by clicking its name and clicking SSH from the instance details page.

A SSH terminal window will open with the Ubuntu Linux instance that was created in the second posts of the series.

You should now be able to run commands in Ubuntu Linux created on Google Cloud server.

How to install a database server on Google Cloud Servers

Installing MySQL or MariaDB on Ubuntu Linux is no different, whether on Google Cloud or on a local VM instance.

Both MySQL and MariaDB packages are available in Ubuntu default repositories. One can simply use the apt get commands to download and install database packages on Ubuntu Linux.

A detailed post and help on how to install MySQL or MariaDB on Ubuntu Linux is at the link below. Click on it to learn more about installing and managing MySQL or MariaDB database servers on Ubuntu Linux.

How to install MySQL or MariaDB on Ubuntu Linux

With a database server installed, your domain name pointing to your Google Cloud server, you should now be able to store content within a database.

We’re now far ahead in the process or creating a website online using a web server, PHP server-side language, a database server and just about ready to tie all these servers and software together for your website go be ready.

We’re now ready to be configuring our servers and packages to get the website going.

Please stay tuned and continue reading up on our previous posts.


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