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Enable MySQL Remote Access

This tutorial will show how to enable MySQL remote access in order to make it accept connections from the network instead of just local connections.

The Problem

A fresh MySQL installation has its remote access disabled by default for security reasons, however, it can be enabled by taking a few simple steps.
It is important to mention that the following solution was tested against CentOS 7.2, but it’s very likely to work on other Linux versions and/or distributions.
I am going straight to the solution to make your MySQL avaiable for remote access, but you can find a detailed explanation at the end of this post.

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