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MySQL Connector/J 5.1 Developer Guide  /  Connector/J Installation

Chapter 3 Connector/J Installation

MySQL Connector/J is distributed as a .zip or .tar.gz archive, available for download from the Connector/J Download page. The archive contains the sources and the JAR archive named mysql-connector-java-version-bin.jar.

You can install the Connector/J package using either the binary or source distribution. The binary distribution provides the easiest method for installation; the source distribution lets you customize your installation further. With either solution, you manually add the Connector/J location to your Java CLASSPATH.

If you are upgrading from a previous version, read the upgrade information in Section 3.3, “Upgrading from an Older Version” before continuing.

Connector/J is also available as part of the Maven project. For more information and to download the Connector/J JAR files, see the Maven repository.

Important

You also need to install the Simple Logging Facade API to use the logging capabilities provided by the default implementation of org.slf4j.Logger.Slf4JLogger by Connector/J. That and other third-party libraries are required for building Connector/J from source (see the section for more information on the required libraries).