Prerequisites

  • Access to the command line/terminal window
  • Some operations require sudo or root privileges
  • MySQL or MySQL fork installed (forks: MariaDB, Percona Server )

Check MySQL Version with V Command

The easiest way to find the MySQL version is with the command:

mysql -V

The command mysql –V is not OS specific. This command works on Windows, OS X, and Linux distributions including Ubuntu.


How to Find Version Number with mysql Command

The MySQL command-line client is a simple SQL shell with input editing capabilities. You need to have administrative privileges or use the sudo command to gain access.

To access your MySQL client, use the command:

mysql

MySQL version data is available automatically once the MySQL client loads.


SHOW VARIABLES LIKE Statement

Now that you have accessed the MySQL client shell, statements can provide detailed information about your MySQL installation. Keep in mind that all text commands within the MySQL client must end with a semicolon “;”

Enter the following command:

SHOW VARIABLES LIKE ‘%version%’;

SELECT VERSION Statement

It’s possible to obtain the version from within the MYSQL client by typing the SELECT VERSION() statement:

SELECT VERSION();

STATUS Command

The STATUS command displays the version as well as version comment information:

STATUS;

The output includes uptime (how long the MySQL server has been running), threads (the number of active threads), and other useful information.