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MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.8 has been released

Dear MySQL users,

MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.8 GA is a sixth GA version of 2.1 release
series of the pure Python database driver for MySQL. It can be used for
production environments.

MySQL Connector/Python version 2.1.8 GA is compatible with MySQL Server
versions 5.5 and greater. Python 2.6 and greater as well as Python 3.4
and greater are supported. Python 2.4, 2.5, and 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 are not

MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.8 is available for download from:

MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.8 (Commercial) will be available for download
on the My Oracle Support (MOS) website. This release will be available
on eDelivery (OSDC) in next month’s upload cycle.

The ChangeLog file included in the distribution contains a brief summary
of changes in MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.8. For a more complete list of
changes, see below or online at:


Changes in MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.8 (2018-08-31, General Availability)

   Known limitation: MySQLConnection.cmd_change_user() with the C
   extension enabled does not establish a connection with the changed
   user. Instantiate a new MySQLConnection() connection as a workaround.

Functionality Added or Changed

     * MySQL Connector/Python now supports connections to MySQL
       accounts that use the caching_sha2_password authentication plugin
       (see Caching SHA-2 Pluggable Authentication
       This requires MySQL server version 8.0.3 or higher. It also
       requires use of a secure connection because Connector/Python does
       not support RSA encryption for password exchange.

Bugs Fixed

     * On Windows, the 32-bit MSI failed to install. The
       registry key path was updated to allow the CEXT
       prerequisite check to execute and pass. (Bug #28395599,
       Bug #28464866)

     * In pure Python mode, connecting to a MySQL server with
       default_authentication_plugin = caching_sha2_password would fail,
       even for accounts not using caching_sha2_password, because the
       authentication plugin was unknown to the Python connector.
       (Bug #27371245)

     * When using prepared statements, string columns were
       returned as bytearrays instead of strings. The returned value is
       now a string decoded using the connection's charset (defaults to
       'utf8'), or as a bytearray if this conversion fails.
       (Bug #27364914)

     * Connecting to a MySQL server configured to use TLS
       versions other than TLSv1, such as as TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2), was
       not possible and failed with a "[SSL: WRONG_VERSION_NUMBER] wrong
       version number" error. This is because the connector restricted
       the connection to use TLSv1.  In addition, tsl_version support
       was added. (Bug #26484601, Bug #87121)

     * The result from JSON_TYPE() was returned as a bytearray
       instead of a string. The returned value is now a string decoded
       using the connection's charset (defaults to 'utf8'), or as a
       bytearray if this conversion fails. (Bug #24948205, Bug #83516)

     * JSON integer values were cast to bytes in Python instead
       of integers. (Bug #24948186, Bug #83513)

Enjoy and thanks for the support!

On behalf of the MySQL Release Team,
Nawaz Nazeer Ahamed