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Getting Started with MariaDB

By : Daniel Bartholomew
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Getting Started with MariaDB

By: Daniel Bartholomew

Overview of this book

MariaDB is a database that has become very popular in the few short years that it has been around. It does not require a big server or expensive support contract. It is also powerful enough to be the database of choice for some of the biggest and most popular websites in the world, taking full advantage of the latest computing hardware available. From installing and configuring through basic usage and maintenance, each chapter in this revised and expanded guide leads on sequentially and logically from the one before it, introducing topics in their natural order so you learn what you need, when you need it. The book is based on the latest release of MariaDB and covers all the latest features and functions. By the end of this beginner-friendly book, not only will you have a running installation of MariaDB, but you will have practical, hands-on experience in the basics of how to install, configure, administer, use, and maintain it.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Getting Started with MariaDB Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewers
MariaDB Next Steps

Appendix A. MariaDB Next Steps

This book provides an introduction to MariaDB with enough information to get us started. MariaDB is a large system with many parts, options, and capabilities.

So where do we go from here? If we have a question, where do we go for help?

Here is a list of the various online resources available to help us on our way to becoming a MariaDB expert.

Let's begin with the official MariaDB website. MariaDB downloads, the MariaDB Foundation blog, and other official MariaDB information can be found at the following location:

Next is the MariaDB Knowledge Base found at the following location:

The MariaDB Knowledge Base is the official location of the MariaDB documentation. New information is added here on a daily basis. Whenever something is added to or changed in MariaDB, it is documented here. Release notes and change logs for MariaDB releases are also posted here.

There is also an Ask a Question feature that can be used if we have a question about something in MariaDB. We just navigate to the section or the item that we are interested in, click on the button and ask away. We can also provide our own tips and tricks by leaving comments on the page. Registration is required (to cut down on spam), but it is free and all content is released under a Creative Commons, GFDL, or GPL license.

If we need to talk to someone immediately there are, again, a few options. First is IRC, where we can engage in real-time chat conversations with other users and with the developers of MariaDB. The official MariaDB channel is #maria on the Freenode IRC network. See the knowledge base entry on IRC ( for more information.

There are also three official MariaDB e-mail lists: a developers list for technical discussions about MariaDB development, a discuss list for general discussions about using MariaDB, and a docs list for discussion and planning related to the MariaDB documentation. All three lists are hosted on The most useful list for end users is the discuss list. Following are the links to these lists:

  • MariaDB developers list (

  • MariaDB discuss list (

  • MariaDB docs list (

Lastly, MariaDB is active on the major social media platforms. Following are the locations of the official MariaDB accounts on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook:

  • Twitter (

  • Google+ (

  • Facebook (

I hope you enjoy working with MariaDB!