Connecting to MySQL/MariaDB Databases with the Command Line Environment

For Linux Web Hosting and all servers with Linux operating systems

You may find it useful to test statements that will later be executed by a script in the command line environment beforehand. To access your database from the command line, follow these steps:

  • Log in to your hosting package or server through SHH.
  • Depending on the type of package you are using, enter the respective command from the table below. Make sure you replace the sample data with your database's connection data:
Product Command
Managed Server on which MySQL 5.7 or MariaDB is installed and Web Hosting (Shared Hosting) mysql -u dbo123456789 -h -p db123456789
Managed Server on which MySQL 5.5 is installed mysql -u dbo123456789 -h localhost -S /tmp/mysql5.sock -p db123456789
Servers (without Plesk) mysql -u root -p
Servers (with Plesk) mysql -u admin -p
Please Note

On servers with Plesk, the administrative database user has been renamed from root to admin. However, the password corresponds to the initial password of the server (root password).

  • Log in to your database.

Here is an example of a server with Plesk:

login as: root
root@'s password:
[root@u15376217 ~]# mysql -u admin -p
Enter password:
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 9342
Server version: 5.5.14 MySQL Community Server 5.5 (GPL)

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Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.


You can now perform database operations through the command line interface.