For MySQL 5.7, there are installation package formats to choose from when installing MySQL on Windows:
MySQL Installer: This package has a file
name similar to
and utilizes MSIs to automatically install MySQL server and
other products. It will download and apply updates to itself,
and for each of the installed products. It also configures the
additional non-server products.
The installed products are configurable, and this includes: documentation with samples and examples, connectors (such as C, C++, J, NET, and ODBC), MySQL Workbench, MySQL Notifier, MySQL for Excel, and the MySQL Server with its components.
MySQL Installer operates on all MySQL supported versions of Windows (see http://www.mysql.com/support/supportedplatforms/database.html).
Because MySQL Installer is not a native component of Microsoft Windows and depends on .NET, it will not work on minimal installation options like the "Server Core" version of Windows Server 2008.
For instructions on installing MySQL using MySQL Installer, see Section 1.3, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using MySQL Installer”.
The Noinstall Archives: These packages contain the files found in the complete installation package, with the exception of the GUI. This format does not include an automated installer, and must be manually installed and configured.
These archives are split into two separate Zip files. The main
package is named
for 64-bit and
for 32-bit. This contains the components needed to use MySQL
on your system. The optional MySQL test suite, MySQL benchmark
suite, and debugging binaries/information components are in a
separate Zip file named
for 64-bit and
Before MySQL 5.7.6, a single noinstall archive contained both the main and debugging files.
MySQL Installer is recommended for most users.
Your choice of install package affects the installation process you must follow. If you choose to use MySQL Installer, see Section 1.3, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using MySQL Installer”. If you choose to install a Noinstall archive, see Section 1.5, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using a noinstall Zip Archive”.