I have always successfully set up a remote connection for MySQL 5.5.

Today I installed a new server with Ubuntu 16.04 and MySQL 5.7. But for some reasons, I can't make this MySQL installation listen to other hosts but

Here is my /etc/mysql/conf.d/mysql.cnf:

bind-address =

I couldn't connect to this MySQL server from a remote host, and when I checked my netstat, I realized that MySQL listens to connections from localhost only.

lsof -Pni :3306 output is:

mysqld  5302 mysql   25u  IPv4  37280      0t0  TCP (LISTEN)

What is the problem?

  • Did you bounce mysql? What's the output of netstat -lntp ?
    – Linuxx
    Jun 5, 2016 at 21:34
  • @Linuxx I even restarted the whole machine. tcp 0 0* LISTEN 13050/mysqld
    – ozahorulia
    Jun 5, 2016 at 21:36
  • I assume you added that line in that file. Remove that line and edit the file /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf and change the parameter there.
    – Linuxx
    Jun 5, 2016 at 21:43
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    @Linuxx This worked like magic :) I haven't noticed that there's yet another *.conf.d directory. So basically 5.7 keeps [mysql] config in the conf.d directory, whereas [mysqld] configs are kept in the mysql.conf.d. Thank you! Please, make an answer, so I'll accept it.
    – ozahorulia
    Jun 5, 2016 at 21:51
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    I've changed bind-address on both /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf and /etc/mysql/conf.d/mysql.cnf , restarted de server yet I still see "tcp 0 0 " when I run <netstat -tulpen
    – Chepech
    Feb 24, 2017 at 15:09

1 Answer 1


They changed the MySQL package so that the bind parameter is in /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf now. Please change the bind parameter there and remove anything you placed in /etc/mysql/conf.d/mysql.cnf.

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    This is ridiculous though. The purpose of "conf.d" was to NOT edit the package-provided defaults and override by your own config. But as now "mysql.conf.d" is overriding ours, there's no reliable way to make sure ours come at last unless we edit "mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf".
    – kenn
    Nov 7, 2016 at 23:22
  • @kenn: add your config under mysql.conf.d/ instead and name it "x-something"
    – Bell
    Apr 6, 2017 at 1:14
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    Sure, but what's the point of "conf.d" then? Isn't "mysql.conf.d" a package-provided defaults, which are supposed to be overwritten by "conf.d"? I think the load order of "conf.d" and "mysql.conf.d" should be reversed in "/etc/mysql/my.cnf" at the MySQL package level.
    – kenn
    Apr 7, 2017 at 4:38
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    @kenn, it seems conf.d contains global options while mariadb.conf.d contains MariaDB-only options. I understand this to allow MariaDB and MySQL running on the same server with some shared options (conf.d) and specific options (mariadb.conf.d and, i guess, mysql.conf.d).
    – sanzante
    Dec 31, 2020 at 13:05
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    For mariadb it is currently /etc/mysql/mariadb.conf.d/50-server.cnf when using their official package (instead of the distro)
    – Mattisdada
    Oct 13, 2021 at 23:11

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