Installing the latest stable version of Mariadb, v. 10.1, is pretty straight forward.
Start off by heading over to the repo configurator and getting the links for your version of Ubuntu: LINK
For us the commands were as follows, enter them at terminal:
sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 0xF1656F24C74CD1D8 sudo add-apt-repository 'deb [arch=amd64,i386,ppc64el] http://ftp.ubuntu-tw.org/mirror/mariadb/repo/10.1/ubuntu xenial main'
Now to install MariaDB,
sudo apt update sudo apt install mariadb-server
The setup will ask you to set a password and that’s it. To access the Mysql shell via terminal do the following:
mysql -u root(Or any other user in mysql) -p
A prompt will show up asking you for the password, enter that and hit Enter.