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This tutorial explains how to install MySQL and how to create and query a database. This tutorial is using Ubuntu.

1. Overview

MySQL is a popular open source database which can be used free of charge. MySQL is a relational database. Web applications can use this database to store persistence data.

This tutorial covers theinstallation of MySQL and the usage of the database.

2. Installation of MySQL

2.1. Ubuntu

Under Ubuntu you can install MySQL with the following command:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server

The installation will asked you questions regarding your desired installation, e.g. the password to use, etc.

2.2. Windows

Under Windows download the community edition from For windows you have installer program available which guides you through the installation process.

2.3. Resetting the password

See Ubuntu password reset to learn how to set and reset your password under Ubuntu.

3. Connecting to MySQL

MySQL provides the mysql command line interface for administrative work.

To connect to the MySQL database server use the following command.

# connect as root to MySQL server
mysql -u root -p

Once you have created a database on this server you can also connect directory to the database with the following command.

mysql db_name -u user -pmypassword

The default port of the database server is 3306, e.g., the Java JDBC connection string to connect to the iotcloud database would be jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/iotcloud.

4. Further SQL commands

Please see SQL Tutorial for the usage of SQL commands.

5. Import and export

The mysql command line interface allows you to export your database and import existing backups. The mysqldump command provides the option to create backup of your database, e.g. export your database.

To export the database use the following command.

# creates a dump of the database vogella_blog
mysqldump vogella_blog > vogella_blog.sql -p

To import an existing SQL dump file use the following command.

# vogella_blog.sql is your exported SQL file
# use option -p to enter your password
mysql vogella_blog < /var/www/vhosts/ -p

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