I'm trying to install MySQL 5.6 on my Ubuntu 12.04 over the already installed 5.5 the easy way (using PPAs).

I've found Ondřej Surý's PPA here. It sounds promising but I couldn't upgrade my MySQL. Here are the steps I've taken:

  1. sudo add-apt-repository 'deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ondrej/mysql-5.6/ubuntu precise main'
  2. Openning Update Manager I pressed Check button to retrieve the database for newly added repository.
  3. A bunch of packages were listed including MySQL client 5.6 and others but they were all small packages (matter of kB).
  4. I downloaded and installed all of the listed packages (except one which I'll tell you about it later).
  5. Restarted mysqld daemon.

Having done all above, I see no change in my MySQL server version, it's still 5.5.35! The one package that didn't install was perhaps the most important one, it's called:

MySQL database sever (metapackage depending on the latest version)
mysql-server (Size: 88 kB)

And the reason why I didn't install it is because I can't! Even though it's there in my update manager's list with a check-box but the check-box is disabled and I'm unable to check it. It's just stuck there and won't go away or anything.

Did I miss a step or something? How can I install MySQL 5.6?


Just run the following commands:

apt-get -y remove mysql-server
apt-get -y autoremove
apt-get -y install software-properties-common
add-apt-repository -y ppa:ondrej/mysql-5.6
apt-get update
apt-get -y install mysql-server
  • I didn't remove mysql, just add repo, update and install mysql and its work Thanks :)
    – Akash Jain
    Nov 19 '15 at 12:09
  • At time of writing this, it appears that ondrej's repository is inactive - these commands result in 404 errors on update - see his comment here
    – scrowler
    Jan 27 '16 at 21:46
  • This worked for me today.
    – Matt
    Aug 23 '16 at 12:16
  • 1
    At time of writing this, Ondrej's MySQL repositories say not to use as they are broken.
    – Navarr
    Feb 14 '17 at 15:08

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