MySQL for Visual Studio is a product for Microsoft Windows, and it is installed with MySQL Installer, or alternatively from its own MSI.
Many MySQL for Visual Studio features require MySQL Connector/Net installed on the same system, and MySQL Connector/Net is a separate download. Install both using MySQL Installer.
MySQL for Visual Studio supports full versions of Visual Studio 2010 and later, although the extent of support is based on your installed versions of MySQL Connector/Net and Visual Studio:
Current: Visual Studio 2013 (Professional edition and up, or Community edition) is supported using MySQL for Visual Studio with MySQL Connector/Net 6.8 and up.
Older: Visual Studio 2012 is supported by MySQL for Visual Studio with MySQL Connector/Net 6.7.
As of MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.4, support for Visual Studio 2008 was removed. Visual Studio 2008 is supported by MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.3 and earlier.
The following table shows the support information for MySQL for Visual Studio
Table 2.1 Support Information for MySQL for Visual Studio
|MySQL for Visual Studio Version||Connector/Net Version Supported||Visual Studio Version Supported||MySQL Server Versions Supported||Currently Supported||Notes|
|2.0||6.9, 6.8||2010, 2012, 2013, 2015||5.7, 5.6, 5.5, 5.1, 5.0||Yes||Some features require C/Net 6.9|
|1.2||6.9, 6.8||2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015||5.7, 5.6, 5.5, 5.1, 5.0||Yes||Some features require C/Net 6.9|
|1.1||6.8||2008, 2010, 2012, 2013||5.7, 5.6, 5.5, 5.1, 5.0||Yes|
|1.0||6.7||2008, 2010, 2012||5.7, 5.6, 5.5, 5.1, 5.0||Yes|
MySQL for Visual Studio is closely tied to MySQL Connector/Net, but they are two separate products that can be used without one another. However, the following restrictions apply:
Always install MySQL for Visual Studio before installing MySQL Connector/Net.
MySQL for Visual Studio cannot be installed alongside any version of MySQL Connector/Net 6.6 and before, which has to be removed before installing MySQL for Visual Studio.
The following MySQL for Visual Studio features require MySQL Connector/Net:
Entity Framework Designer, when using the Data Base First or the Model First approach.
Web Configuration Tool
MySQL for Visual Studio does not support Express versions of Microsoft development products, including the Visual Studio and the Microsoft Visual Web Developer.
To use MySQL Connector/Net with an Express versions of Microsoft development products, use MySQL Connector/Net 6.7.4 or later, without installing the MySQL for Visual Studio.