Installing MariaDB Server on macOS Using Homebrew

MariaDB Server is available for installation on macOS (formerly Mac OS X) via the Homebrew package manager.

MariaDB Server is available as a Homebrew "bottle", a pre-compiled package. This means you can install it without having to build from source yourself. This saves time.

After installing Homebrew, MariaDB Server can be installed with this command:

brew install mariadb

After installation, start MariaDB Server:

mysql.server start

To auto-start MariaDB Server, use Homebrew's services functionality, which configures auto-start with the launchctl utility from launchd:

brew services start mariadb

After MariaDB Server is started, you can log in as your user:


Or log in as root:

sudo mysql -u root

Upgrading MariaDB

First you may need to update your brew installation:

brew update

Then, to upgrade MariaDB Server:

brew upgrade mariadb

Building MariaDB Server from source

In addition to the "bottled" MariaDB Server package available from Homebrew, you can use Homebrew to build MariaDB from source. This is useful if you want to use a different version of the server or enable some different capabilities that are not included in the bottle package.

Two components not included in the bottle package are the CONNECT and OQGRAPH engines, because they have non-standard dependencies. To build MariaDB Server with these engines, you must first install boost and judy. Follow these steps to install the dependencies and build the server:

brew install boost judy
brew install mariadb --build-from-source

You can also use Homebrew to build and install a pre-release version of MariaDB Server. Use this command to build and install a "development" version of MariaDB Server:

brew install mariadb --devel

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