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Installing latest version of MySQL via yum

Usually when you try to install MySQL via yum, by default, the version that comes with your OS is always an old version (not the latest version available from
In order to have the latest version, you always needed to go to and manually download and install MySQL packages right? Not anymore, MySQL recently released the MySQL YUM Repository.
Basically, it will allows you to install the latest GA version of MySQL Community Server, Workbench and Connector/ODBC.

You can basically install it in 2 ways:

1. Using the RPM package
Download the .rpm from and install it:

sudo yum localinstall -y mysql-community-release-el6-3.noarch.rpm

2. Manually adding a file under /etc/yum.repos.d/ folder
Add the bellow content to a new file named mysql-community.repo :

name=MySQL Community Server 

Replace baseurl=URL according to your OS:
EL6 (Centos6 / Redhat 6):


Fedore 18 and 19:


Note that we have gpgcheck=1, if we use it as 1 in this install method, we will need to add the GnuPG key (see for more details).

Now that we have our repo enabled, it’s just a normal yum command to install the latest version of MySQL Community Server:

yum install mysql-server

To list the packages available in the yum repo, use the bellow command:

sudo yum --disablerepo=\* --enablerepo=mysql-community list available
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
Available Packages
mysql-community-client.x86_64                                                                                                                                     5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-common.i686                                                                                                                                       5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-common.x86_64                                                                                                                                     5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-devel.i686                                                                                                                                        5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-devel.x86_64                                                                                                                                      5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-embedded.i686                                                                                                                                     5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-embedded.x86_64                                                                                                                                   5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-embedded-devel.i686                                                                                                                               5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-embedded-devel.x86_64                                                                                                                             5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-libs.i686                                                                                                                                         5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-libs.x86_64                                                                                                                                       5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-libs-compat.i686                                                                                                                                  5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-libs-compat.x86_64                                                                                                                                5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-server.x86_64                                                                                                                                     5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-community-test.x86_64                                                                                                                                       5.6.14-3.el6                                                                                                                              mysql-community
mysql-connector-odbc.x86_64                                                                                                                                       5.2.6-1.el6                                                                                                                               mysql-community
mysql-workbench-community.x86_64                                                                                                                                  6.0.7-4.el6                                                                                                                               mysql-community

Remember, before change anything on a production server, test, test, test first ­čÖé

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