MariaDB Galera Cluster - Binary Installation

MariaDB Galera Cluster is the MariaDB implementation of Galera Cluster for MySQL. Binary installation packages are available for Debian- and RPM-based distributions of Linux through the MariaDB repository.

Enabling the MariaDB Repository

In order to install MariaDB Galera Cluster through your package manager, you need to first enable the MariaDB repository on your system. There are two different ways to accomplish this, depending on which Linux distribution you use.

Enabling the apt Repository

For Debian and Debian-based Linux distributions, the procedure for adding a repository requires that you first install the Software Properties. The package names vary depending on your distribution. For Debian, in the terminal run the following command:

# apt-get install python-software-properties

For Ubuntu or a distribution that derives from Ubuntu, instead run this command:

$ sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

In the event that you use a different Debian-based distribution and neither of these commands work, consult your distribution’s package listings for the appropriate package name.

Once you have the Software Properties installed, you can enable the MariaDB repository for your system.

  1. Add the GnuPG key for the MariaDB repository.

    # apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver \
  2. Add the MariaDB repository to your sources list.

    # add-apt-repository 'deb release main'

    For the repository address, make the following changes:

    • version Indicates the version number of MariaDB that you want to use. For example, 5.6.

    • distro Indicates the name of your Linux distribution. For example, ubuntu.

    • release Indicates your distribution release. For example, wheezy.

      In the event that you do not know which release you have installed on your server, you can find out using the following command:

      $ lsb_release -a
  3. Update the local cache.

    # apt-get update

For more information on the repository, package names or available mirrors, see the MariaDB Repository Generator.

Packages in the MariaDB repository are now available for installation through apt-get.

Enabling the yum Repository

For RPM-based distributions, such as CentOS, Red Hat and Fedora, you can enable the MariaDB repository by adding a .repo file to the /etc/yum/repos.d/ directory.

Using your preferred text editor, create the .repo file.

# vim /etc/yum/repos.d/MariaDB.repo

name = MariaDB
baseurl =
gpgkey =
gpgcheck = 1

In the baseurl field, make the following changes to web address:

  • version Indicates the version of MariaDB you want to use. For example, 5.6.
  • package indicates the package name for your distribution, release and architecture. For example, rhel6-amd64 would reference packages for a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 server running on 64-bit hardware.

For more information on the repository, package names or available mirrors, see the MariaDB Repository Generator.

Installing MariaDB Galera Cluster

There are three packages involved in the installation of MariaDB Galera Cluster: the MariaDB database client, a command line tool for accessing the database; the MariaDB database server, built to include the wsrep API patch; and the Galera Replication Plugin.

For Debian-based distributions, in the terminal run the following command:

# apt-get install mariadb-client \
      mariadb-galera-server \

For RPM-based distributions, instead run this command:

# yum install MariaDB-client \
      MariaDB-Galera-server \

MariaDB Galera Cluster is now installed on your server. You will need to repeat this process for each node in your cluster.


See Also: In the event that you installed MariaDB Galera Cluster over an existing standalone instance of MariaDB, there are some additional steps that you need to take in order to update your system to the new database server. For more information, see Migrating to Galera Cluster.