Check MySQL Server Uptime | Know MySQL uptime from Linux terminal

Question: how can I get mysql server uptime from the Linux command line? Answer: there are a few simple ways to check mysql server uptime from the Linux terminal, wheter you are on a vps, cloud or dedicated box, the methods are the same and they will work on most MySQL versions.

3 ways to Check MySQL server uptime from command line

There a few ways to get the mysql uptime if you are inside a Linux VPS, Cloud or Dedicated Server. Let’s explore each one of them using the mysqladmin command from the Linux terminal.

1. Use the status option against mysqladmin command

mysqladmin status -p

Paste your MySQL root password, and you should get an output similar to this:

[[email protected]:~]mysqladmin status -p
Enter password: 
Uptime: 2800485  Threads: 1  Questions: 79097902  Slow queries: 274  Opens: 121188  Flush tables: 1  Open tables: 400  Queries per second avg: 28.244
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As you see, using the mysqladmin status command will give you the uptime, but not in a human readeable format, as it is expressed in seconds, not even minutes or hours.

2. Check mysql uptime using mysqladmin command

mysqladmin version -p

The output should be similar to this:

[[email protected]:~]mysqladmin version -p
Enter password: 
mysqladmin  Ver 8.42 Distrib 5.x, for Linux on x86_64
Copyright (c) 2000, 2017, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its
affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective

Server version		5.x
Protocol version	10
Connection		Localhost via UNIX socket
UNIX socket		/var/lib/mysql/mysql.sock
Uptime:			32 days 9 hours 56 min 55 sec

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On the last line you will notice the MYSQL uptime expressed in days, lot easier than option 1.

mysqladmin version command, one of the easiest ways to check mysql server uptime
mysqladmin version command, one of the easiest ways to check mysql server uptime

3. Get the uptime by using mysqladmin with ‘ver’ parameter

mysqladmin ver -p

This command is similar to “mysqladmin version” command, and will provide the exact same information.


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1 Comment

  1. No need to use “-p” if you have .my.cnf configured properly:


    From that point on mysql commands work without password. I believe this is default on cPanel systems.

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