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Installing Percona Server for MySQL 5.7 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS


The following instructions install Percona Server for MySQL 5.7 using the Yum repository. The instructions to install Percona Server for MySQL 8.0 using the Yum repository are available at this location.

Ready-to-use packages are available from the Percona Server for MySQL software repositories and the download page. The Percona yum repository supports popular RPM-based operating systems, including the Amazon Linux AMI.

The easiest way to install the Percona Yum repository is to install an RPM that configures yum and installs the Percona GPG key.

Specific information on the supported platforms, products, and versions are described in Percona Software and Platform Lifecycle.

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The RPM packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (and compatible derivatives) do not support TLSv1.3, because TLSv1.3 requires OpenSSL 1.1.1, which is currently not available on this platform.

What’s in each RPM package?

Each of the Percona Server for MySQL RPM packages have a particular purpose.

  • The Percona-Server-server-57 package contains the server itself (the mysqld binary).

  • The Percona-Server-57-debuginfo package contains debug symbols for the server.

  • The Percona-Server-client-57 package contains the command line client.

  • The Percona-Server-devel-57 package contains the header files needed to compile software using the client library.

  • The Percona-Server-shared-57 package includes the client shared library.

  • The Percona-Server-shared-compat package includes shared libraries for software compiled against older versions of the client library. The following libraries are included in this package:,,,, and

    This package is not included in downloads for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 and derivatives.

  • The Percona-Server-test-57 package includes the test suite for Percona Server for MySQL.

Installing from the Percona YUM repository


RHEL 8 and other EL8 systems enable the MySQL module by default. This module hides the Percona-provided packages and the module must be disabled to make these packages visible. The following command disables the module:

$ sudo yum module disable mysql
  1. Install the Percona yum repository by running the following command as a root user or with sudo:

    $ sudo yum install
  2. Enable the Percona Server 5.7 repository:

    $ sudo percona-release setup ps57
    The output should resemble the following:

    * Disabling all Percona Repositories
    * Enabling the Percona Server 5.7 repository
    * Enabling the Percona XtraBackup 2.4 repository
  3. Test the repository. Make sure packages are available from the repository by executing the yum list command. We filter the results by the version number:

    $ yum list | grep 5.7.38-41.1

    The output should be similar to the following:

    Percona-Server-57-debuginfo.x86_64                     5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-57-debugsource.x86_64                   5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-client-57-debuginfo.x86_64              5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-rocksdb-57.x86_64                       5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-rocksdb-57-debuginfo.x86_64             5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-server-57-debuginfo.x86_64              5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-shared-57-debuginfo.x86_64              5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-shared-compat-57.x86_64                 5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-test-57-debuginfo.x86_64                5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-tokudb-57.x86_64                        5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
    Percona-Server-tokudb-57-debuginfo.x86_64              5.7.38-41.1.el8                                           percona-release-x86_64
  4. Install the packages. You can install Percona Server for MySQL by running the following command:

    $ yum install Percona-Server-server-57


Percona Server for MySQL 5.7 comes with the TokuDB storage engine. You can find more information on how to install and enable the TokuDB storage in the TokuDB Installation guide.

Percona yum Testing repository

Percona offers pre-release builds from our testing repository. To subscribe to the testing repository, you’ll need to enable the testing repository in /etc/yum.repos.d/percona-release.repo. To do so, set both percona-testing-$basearch and percona-testing-noarch to enabled = 1 (Note that there are 3 sections in this file: release, testing and experimental - in this case it is the second section that requires updating).


You must install the Percona repository first if this operation has not been done already. See installing from the Percona YUM repository

Installing Percona Server for MySQL using downloaded rpm packages

  1. 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. The following example downloads the Percona Server for MySQL 5.7.31-34 release packages for CentOS 7:

    $ wget
  2. You should then unpack the bundle to get the packages:

    $ tar xvf Percona-Server-5.7.31-34-r2e68637-el7-x86_64-bundle.tar

    You should see the following packages:

    $ ls *.rpm
    The output should be similar to the following:

  3. Run the following command to Percona Server for MySQL 5.7:

    $ rpm -ivh Percona-Server-server-57-5.7.31-34.1.el7.x86_64.rpm \
    Percona-Server-client-57-5.7.31-34.1.el7.x86_64.rpm \

This command only installs the packages required to run the Percona Server for MySQL 5.7.

Optionally, you can install either the TokuDB storage engine, adding Percona-Server-tokudb-57-5.7.31-34.1.el7.x86_64.rpm or the MyRocks storage engine, adding Percona-Server-rocksdb-57-5.7.31-34.1.el7.x86_64.rpm to the install command.

You can find more information on how to install and enable the TokuDB storage in the TokuDB Installation guide.

You can find more information on how to install and enable the MyRocks storage engine in Percona MyRocks Installation.

To install all the packages (for debugging, testing, etc.) run the following command:

$ rpm -ivh *.rpm


When installing packages manually, you must resolve all dependencies and install any missing packages.

The following table lists the default locations for files:

Files Location
mysqld server /usr/bin
Configuration /etc/my.cnf
Data directory /var/lib/mysql
Logs /var/log/mysqld.log

You can use the following command to locate the Data directory:

$ grep datadir /etc/my.cnf
The output should resemble the following:

Running Percona Server for MySQL


RHEL 7 and CentOS 7 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.

  1. Start the service. Percona Server for MySQL does not start automatically on RHEL and CentOS after the installation. Start the server by running the following command:

    $ service mysql start
  2. Confirm that service is running by running the following command:

    $ service mysql status
  3. Stop the service by running the following command:

    $ service mysql stop
  4. Restart the service by running the following command:

    $ service mysql restart


The RHEL 8 distributions and derivatives have added system-wide cryptographic policies component. This component allows the configuration of cryptographic subsystems.

Uninstalling Percona Server for MySQL

To completely uninstall Percona Server for MySQL you must remove all the installed packages and data files.

  1. Stop the Percona Server for MySQL service

    $ service mysql stop
  2. Remove the packages

    $ yum remove Percona-Server*
  3. Remove the data and configuration files:


This command removes all the packages and deletes all the data files (databases, tables, logs, etc.). Take a backup in case you need the data.

$ rm -rf /var/lib/mysql
$ rm -f /etc/my.cnf

Last update: 2023-12-05