how to downgrade mysql on Debian 10 from 8.029 to 8.02x

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

I have MySQL installed on my test server (Debian 10). I recently updated it to the newest version (8.0.29), but there are some issues with it so I want to go back to an older version (8.0.28). But I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do so.

I have removed the existing database, and tried to re-install it using:

apt-get install mysql-server=8.0.28-1debian10

but that didn’t work, and suggested I run:

apt --fix-broken install

which of course upgraded it to the latest version again.

I have tried numerous variations of this,but all result in mysql-server can't be found or similar errors.

I have been scouring the internet, and there seems to be lots of people asking similar questions, but no real solutions. Even the official MySQL documentation glosses over this bit.

Can it be done? And if so, how?
It’s only a test database so I have no issues with scrapping it and starting again.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

If you have data first make a backup.

To completely uninstall MySQL follow below steps:

sudo apt-get purge mysql*
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
sudo rm -rf /etc/mysql
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/mysql*

To install MySQL 8.0.22 add the MySQL Software Repository

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnupg

Download mysql-server_8.0.22-1debian10_amd64.deb-bundle.tar from MySQL archive or using wget :


Once the download is completed install the package :

sudo dpkg -i mysql-apt-config*

During the installation, you’ll be presented with a configuration screen where you can specify which version of MySQL you’d prefer, along with an option to install repositories for other MySQL-related tools. Choose the one you need.

Refresh your apt package cache to make the new software packages available:

sudo apt update

Having added the repository and with your package cache freshly updated, now you can use apt to install the latest MySQL server package:

sudo apt install mysql-server

MySQL should be installed and running now. Check by using systemctl:

sudo systemctl status mysql

Do not forget to secure MySQL using



Method 2

So I got there in the end. This may not all be strictly correct, and there may be better ways to do this, however it works for me:

  1. Take a MySQLDump backup first if required.

  2. Remove the Old MySQL Version

systemctl stop mysql

apt-get remove --purge 'mysql-.*'

apt-get autoremove

apt-get autoclean

apt-get dist-upgrade

rm -rf /etc/mysql

rm -rf /var/lib/mysql*

  1. Download the new version bundle

cd /root


  1. extract the files and install in this order

mkdir 828

tar -xvf mysql-server_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb-bundle.tar -C /root/828
cd /root/828
dpkg -i libmysqlclient21_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

dpkg -i mysql-common_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

dpkg -i mysql-community-client-plugins_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

dpkg -i mysql-community-client-core_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

dpkg -i mysql-community-client_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

dpkg -i mysql-client_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

dpkg -i mysql-community-server-core_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

apt --fix-broken install

dpkg -i mysql-community-server-core_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

dpkg -i mysql-community-server_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

dpkg -i mysql-server_8.0.28-1debian10_amd64.deb

It should now be working with the correct version:

systemctl status mysql

mysqld- V
/usr/sbin/mysqld Ver 8.0.28 for Linux on x86_64 (MySQL Community Server - GPL)

Finally, secure the database

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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