For the easiest method of installation, use the binary
distribution of the Connector/J package. The binary distribution
is available either as a tar/gzip or zip file. Extract it to a
suitable location, then optionally make the information about
the package available by changing your
Section 3.2, “Installing the Driver and Configuring the
MySQL Connector/J is distributed as a
.tar.gz archive containing the sources, the
class files, and the JAR archive named
Starting with Connector/J 3.1.9, the
files that constitute the JAR files are only included as part of
the driver JAR file.
Starting with Connector/J 3.1.8, the archive also includes a
debug build of the driver in a file named
Do not use the debug build of the driver unless instructed to do
so when reporting a problem or a bug, as it is not designed to
be run in production environments, and will have adverse
performance impact when used. The debug binary also depends on
the Aspect/J runtime library, which is located in the
src/lib/aspectjrt.jar file that comes with
the Connector/J distribution.
Use the appropriate graphical or command-line utility to extract the distribution (for example, WinZip for the .zip archive, and tar for the .tar.gz archive). Because there are potentially long file names in the distribution, we use the GNU tar archive format. Use GNU tar (or an application that understands the GNU tar archive format) to unpack the .tar.gz variant of the distribution.