I'm running CentOS 5.2 and upgraded MySQL to 5.5. When I run mysql I get this:

Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 11
Server version: 5.5.45 MySQL Community Server (GPL)

But when I run mysql --version I get this:

mysql  Ver 14.12 Distrib 5.0.95, for redhat-linux-gnu (x86_64) using readline 5.1

Since the mysqld is mysql55-mysqld I'm sure I'm running 5.5, but why am I getting the wrong version with the version command?

  • 5
    Did you update the client too, or just the server? mysql is the client binary.
    – Philᵀᴹ
    Oct 28, 2015 at 9:28
  • I ran yum install mysql55-server mysql55.
    – Tensigh
    Oct 29, 2015 at 7:30

2 Answers 2


This problem may happen if you have multi MySQL instances on the same machine. There was pre-installed MySQL when the OS was installed, or using auto installation methods like yum: in this case when you type mysql it will point to the pre-installed one since the environment variable point there. you can test it by going to /mysql/install/path/bin use ./mysql --version this should show you the exact version of MySQL.

  • I did a yum erase mysql first then ran yum install mysql55. Is there anything else I can do to remove all vestiges of mysql and run only mysql55?
    – Tensigh
    Oct 29, 2015 at 7:29
  • to remove MySQL completely form CentOS you need to run the following commands: 1) yum remove mysql mysql-server 2) mv /var/lib/mysql /var/lib/mysql_old_backup Oct 29, 2015 at 8:18

1) Reboot Mysql Server (/etc/init.d/mysql restart) If that fails, shut down machine and reboot

  • No need for any reboot, the server shows the right version.
    – jkavalik
    Oct 28, 2015 at 9:57

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