Installing Percona Server for MySQL on Debian and Ubuntu

Ready-to-use packages are available from the Percona Server for MySQL software repositories and the download page.

Supported Releases:

  • Debian:
  • 8.0 (jessie)
  • 9.0 (stretch)
  • Ubuntu:
  • 16.04LTS (xenial)
  • 18.04 (bionic)

Supported Platforms:

  • x86
  • x86_64 (also known as amd64)

What’s in each DEB package?

The percona-server-server-5.6 package contains the database server itself, the mysqld binary and associated files.

The percona-server-common-5.6 package contains files common to the server and client.

The percona-server-client-5.6 package contains the command line client.

The percona-server-5.6-dbg package contains debug symbols for the server.

The percona-server-test-5.6 package contains the database test suite.

The percona-server-source-5.6 package contains the server source.

The libperconaserverclient18.1-dev package contains header files needed to compile software to use the client library.

The libperconaserverclient18.1 package contains the client shared library. The 18.1 is a reference to the version of the shared library. The version is incremented when there is a ABI change that requires software using the client library to be recompiled or its source code modified.

Installing Percona Server for MySQL from Percona apt repository

  1. Fetch the repository packages from Percona web:

    $ wget$(lsb_release -sc)_all.deb
  2. Install the downloaded package with dpkg. To do that, run the following commands as root or with sudo:

    $ sudo dpkg -i percona-release_latest.$(lsb_release -sc)_all.deb

    Once you install this package the Percona repositories should be added. You can check the repository setup in the /etc/apt/sources.list.d/percona-release.list file.

  3. Remember to update the local cache:

    $ sudo apt-get update
  4. After that you can install the server package:

    $ sudo apt-get install percona-server-server-5.6

Percona apt Testing repository

Percona offers pre-release builds from the testing repository. To enable it add the just uncomment the testing repository lines in the Percona repository definition in your repository file (default /etc/apt/sources.list.d/percona-release.list). It should looks like this (in this example VERSION is the name of your distribution):

# Testing & pre-release packages
deb VERSION testing
deb-src VERSION testing

Apt-Pinning the packages

In some cases you might need to “pin” the selected packages to avoid the upgrades from the distribution repositories. You’ll need to make a new file /etc/apt/preferences.d/00percona.pref and add the following lines in it:

Package: *
Pin: release o=Percona Development Team
Pin-Priority: 1001

For more information about the pinning you can check the official debian wiki.

Installing Percona Server for MySQL using downloaded deb packages

Download the packages of the desired series for your architecture from the download page. The easiest way is to download bundle which contains all the packages. Following example will download Percona Server for MySQL 5.6.25-73.1 release packages for Debian 8.0:

$ wget

You should then unpack the bundle to get the packages:

$ tar xvf Percona-Server-5.6.25-73.1-r07b797f-jessie-x86_64-bundle.tar

After you unpack the bundle you should see the following packages:

$ ls *.deb

Now you can install Percona Server for MySQL by running:

$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

This will install all the packages from the bundle. Another option is to download/specify only the packages you need for running Percona Server for MySQL installation (libperconaserverclient18.1_5.6.25-73.1-1.jessie_amd64.deb, percona-server-client-5.6_5.6.25-73.1-1.jessie_amd64.deb, percona-server-common-5.6_5.6.25-73.1-1.jessie_amd64.deb, and percona-server-server-5.6_5.6.25-73.1-1.jessie_amd64.deb).


When installing packages manually like this, you’ll need to make sure to resolve all the dependencies and install missing packages yourself.

Running Percona Server for MySQL

Percona Server for MySQL stores the data files in /var/lib/mysql/ by default. You can find the configuration file that is used to manage Percona Server for MySQL in /etc/mysql/my.cnf. Debian and Ubuntu installation automatically creates a special debian-sys-maint user which is used by the control scripts to control the Percona Server for MySQL mysqld and mysqld_safe services. Login details for that user can be found in /etc/mysql/debian.cnf.

  1. Starting the service

    Percona Server for MySQL is started automatically after it gets installed unless it encounters errors during the installation process. You can also manually start it by running:

    $ sudo service mysql start
  2. Confirming that service is running

    You can check the service status by running:

    $ service mysql status
  3. Stopping the service

    You can stop the service by running:

    $ sudo service mysql stop
  4. Restarting the service

    You can restart the service by running:

    $ sudo service mysql restart


Debian 8.0 (jessie) and Ubuntu 15.04 (vivid) come with systemd as the default system and service manager so you can invoke all the above commands with sytemctl instead of service. Currently both are supported.

Uninstalling Percona Server for MySQL

To uninstall Percona Server for MySQL you’ll need to remove all the installed packages. Removing packages with apt-get remove will leave the configuration and data files. Removing the packages with apt-get purge will remove all the packages with configuration files and data files (all the databases). Depending on your needs you can choose which command better suits you.

  1. Stop the Percona Server for MySQL service

    $ sudo service mysql stop
  2. Remove the packages

    1. Remove the packages. This will leave the data files (databases, tables, logs, configuration, etc.) behind. In case you don’t need them you’ll need to remove them manually.
    $ sudo apt-get remove percona-server*
    1. Purge the packages. NOTE: This will remove all the packages and delete all the data files (databases, tables, logs, etc.)
    $ sudo apt-get purge percona-server*