MySQL is a common open source relational database for creating, reading, updating and deleting data in Python web applications. Let's learn how to install MySQL on Ubuntu 16.04 and then run a few SQL queries within the command line client.
We will not go over connecting via Python applications using object-relational mappers (ORMs) but these steps can be used as a prerequisite to working with an ORM such as SQLAlchemy or Peewee.
In this tutorial we'll use the following components:
We can install MySQL by using the
apt package manager. First make sure
your packages list are up to date. Open the terminal and run this
sudo apt-get update
We need to install the
mysql-server package, which downloads the required
files, configures the initial database set up and handles running MySQL
as a system service. Run this
apt command to get the process started.
sudo apt-get install mysql-server
Enter 'y' when prompted with whether or not you want to install the new package.
An administrative screen asking for a new root password will appear in the middle of the package installation process. Enter your chosen new password twice and the installation will continue.
In a moment the installation will finish and you'll be back at the command prompt.
MySQL is now installed with a root user. However, we do not want to have our applications connect to the database with that user, so next we will create a new non-root user.
MySQL is installed with a basic configuration meant for development and testing purposes. However, the configuration is not secure for production enviroments, therefore it comes with a utility to handle basic security. Run the following command and answer the questions based on your environment requirements.
When you finish running the script you should see the following output and be back at the command prompt.
Our MySQL instance has basic security in place but we need to create a non-root user for applications to interact with the database.
To create a non-root user, connect to the MySQL instance with the
mysql command line client.
mysql -u root -p
Now use the
CREATE USER command to generate a new user. Make sure to
change "mynewuser" and "goodPassword" with your own values.
CREATE USER 'mynewuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'goodPassword';
No output after the command is good - that means the command succeeded.
We need to apply privileges to the new user so it can handle basic database operations. Again, make sure to replace the default username in this command with your new username.
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON * . * TO 'mynewuser'@'localhost';
It's a good idea to reload the privileges to make sure our new user's permissions are in place.
Now that our permissions are reloaded we can connect with the new user.
We're set to connect to the database with our new user. Exit the MySQL client with "Ctrl-d". Reconnect using a slightly different command than we used earlier.
mysql -u mynewuser -p
Create a new database with the
CREATE DATABASE command.
CREATE DATABASE fullstackpython;
Connect to the new database with the
Create a simple new table with the
CREATE TABLE command.
CREATE TABLE pages (name VARCHAR(50), url VARCHAR(1024));
Our table is ready to go - we can interact with it using the
DELETE SQL commands.
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