Installing MariaDB Server on macOS Using Homebrew

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Work has been done to provide MariaDB Server via the Homebrew package manager.

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

brew install mariadb

After installation, start MariaDB Server:

mysql.server start

The brew package also bundles a launchctl config that can be used to get MariaDB to auto-start with the system, see brew info mariadb to view this.

Now you can just run mysql -uroot to log in.

Upgrading MariaDB

First you need to update your brew installation. You do this by issuing the brew update command. Next you simply run:

brew upgrade mariadb

You may see error messages as follows if you are running OS X 10.7:

Warning: Your Xcode (4.3.3) is outdated
Please install Xcode 4.5.2.

You can safely ignore these errors and upgrade to 5.5.28 without issue.

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