Chapter 2 Installing MySQL Enterprise Backup

Install MySQL Enterprise Backup on each database server whose contents you intend to back up. Typically, you perform all backup and restore operations locally, by running mysqlbackup on the same server as the MySQL instance.

MySQL Enterprise Backup is packaged as either an archive file (.tgz, archived with tar and compressed with gzip) or as a platform-specific installer.

Installing on Unix and Linux Systems

For all Linux and Unix systems, the product is available as a .tgz file. Unpack this file as follows:

tar xvzf package.tgz

mysqlbackup is unpacked into a subdirectory. You can either copy them into a system directory (preserving their execute permission bits), or add to your $PATH setting the directory where you unpacked it.


On FreeBSD 10.1, there is a dependency for mysqlbackup on the shared library, which can be installed on your system by installing, for example, the compat8x libraries.

For certain Linux distributions, the product is also available as an RPM archive. When you install the RPM using the command sudo rpm -i package_name.rpm, the mysqlbackup client is installed in the directory /opt/mysql/meb-4.0. You must add this directory to your $PATH setting.

Installation packages for Debian and Ubuntu platforms are also available. Install the package with the following command sudo dpkg -i package_name.deb.

Installing on Windows Systems

The product can be installed together with other MySQL products with the MySQL Installer for Windows. It can also be installed separately with either an individual .msi installer or .zip file.

When installing with a .msi installer, specify the installation location, preferably under the same directory where other MySQL products have been installed. Choose the option Include directory in Windows PATH, so that you can run mysqlbackup from any directory.

When installing with a .zip file, simply unzip the file and put mysqlbackup.exe at the desired installation location. You can add that location to the %PATH% variable, so that you can run the mysqlbackup client from any directory.

Verify the installation by selecting the menu item Start > Programs > MySQL Enterprise Backup 4.0 > MySQL Enterprise Backup Command Line. The menu item displays version information and opens a command prompt for running the mysqlbackup command.

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