The MySQL Installation Package includes a startup item that can be used to automatically start and stop MySQL.
Startup items are deprecated in favor of launchd daemons. For additional information, see Chapter 3, Installing a MySQL Launch Daemon.
To install the MySQL Startup Item:
Download and open the MySQL package installer, which is
provided on a disk image (
includes the main MySQL installation package, the
package, and the
Double-click the disk image to open it.
to start the installation process.
You will be presented with the Install MySQL Startup Item dialog.
Click Continue to continue the installation process.
A copy of the installation instructions and other important information relevant to this installation are displayed. Click Continue .
Select the drive you want to use to install the MySQL Startup Item. The drive must have a valid, bootable, OS X operating system installed. Click Continue.
You will be asked to confirm the details of the installation. To change the drive on which the startup item is installed, click either Go Back or Change Install Location.... To install the startup item, click Install.
Once the installation has been completed successfully, you will be shown an Install Succeeded message.
The Startup Item for MySQL is installed into
/Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM. The Startup
Item installation adds a variable
MYSQLCOM=-YES- to the system configuration file
/etc/hostconfig. If you want to disable the
automatic startup of MySQL, change this variable to
Deselecting Automatically Start MySQL Server on
Startup from the
Pane sets the
MYSQLCOM variable to
After the installation, you can start and stop the MySQL server from the MySQL Preference Pane (preferred), or by running the following commands in a terminal window. You must have administrator privileges to perform these tasks, and you may be prompted for your password.
If you have installed the Startup Item, use this command to start the server:
sudo /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM/MySQLCOM start
If you have installed the Startup Item, use this command to stop the server:
sudo /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM/MySQLCOM stop