Amazon Linux AMI install mysql client programs for RDS

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How do I install mysql command for management Amazon RDS or Managed Databases for Amazon Lightsail on Amazon Linux AMI?

Amazon has its own Linux distribution called Amazon Linux AMI. It is mostly binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and therefore CentOS Linux. This page explains how to install mysql client programs on Amazon Linux AMI for managing databases (RDS and Lightsail database service) in the cloud from the CLI.


Amazon Linux AMI install mysql programs using yum

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Update your system by running: sudo yum update
  2. Install mysql client on Amazon Linux AMI by typing sudo yum install mysql57
  3. Install existing client, run: sudo yum install mysql57
  4. Test your setup by connecting to RDS

Let us see all commands and examples in details.

Find mysql client on Amazon Linux AMI

Use the following yum command:
sudo yum search mysql5
sudo yum list mysql5?

Amazon Linux AMI yum search mysql package
Let us find out a description and summary information about package named mysql57.x86_64
sudo yum info mysql57.x86_64
sudo yum info mysql57

Sample outputs:

Available Packages
Name        : mysql57
Arch        : x86_64
Version     : 5.7.27
Release     : 1.13.amzn1
Size        : 14 M
Repo        : amzn-updates/latest
Summary     : MySQL client programs and shared libraries
URL         :
License     : GPLv2 with exceptions and LGPLv2 and BSD
Description : MySQL is a multi-user, multi-threaded SQL database server. MySQL is a
            : client/server implementation consisting of a server daemon (mysqld)
            : and many different client programs and libraries. The base package
            : contains the standard MySQL client programs and generic MySQL files.

Install MySQL client programs and shared libraries

Now you know how to search and list mysql client program. Therefore go ahead and type the following command to install the same:
sudo yum update
sudo yum install mysql57

Amazon Linux install mysql client using yum command

Verify installation

Type the following command:
mysql --version
Sample outputs:

mysql  Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.7.27, for Linux (x86_64) using  EditLine wrapper

The syntax is s follows for connection:
mysql -u {db_user} -p -h {host_name_here} {db_name_here}

How do I connect to RDS or Lightsail database service?

Using mysql is very easy. Invoke it from the shell prompt. In this example, connect to RDS:
mysql -u {User_name} -p -h {RDS_End_Point} {DB_NAME}
mysql -u mydbuser -p -h

Testing mysql connectivity to Amazon RDS cloud on Amazon Linux AMI
Where mysql command options are as follows:,

  • -u : User name for login for AWS RDS cloud database server
  • -p : Password to use when connecting to RDS server
  • -h : Connect to given RDS host or endpoint
  • {DB_NAME} : Specify RDS database name


You learned how to install the mysql client package using the CLI methods on Amazon Linux AMI based systems running on AWS cloud EC2 or Lightsail server. See the Amazon RDS page for more information.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

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