OS X is based on the FreeBSD operating system, and you can normally use the MySQL network port for connecting to MySQL servers on other hosts. Installing the Connector/ODBC driver lets you connect to MySQL databases on any platform through the ODBC interface. If your application requires an ODBC interface, install the Connector/ODBC driver. Applications that require or can use ODBC (and therefore the Connector/ODBC driver) include ColdFusion, Filemaker Pro, 4th Dimension and many other applications.
On OS X, the ODBC Administrator, based on the
iODBC manager, provides easy administration
of ODBC drivers and configuration, allowing the updates of the
iODBC configuration files through
a GUI tool. The tool is included in OS X v10.5 and earlier;
users of later versions of OS X need to download it from
and install it manually.
There are two ways to install Connector/ODBC on OS X. You can
use either the package provided in a compressed tar archive that
you manually install, or use a compressed disk image
.dmg) file, which includes an installer.
To install using the compressed tar archive (some of the steps below might require superuser privileges):
Download the compressed tar archive.
Extract the archive:
shell> tar xvzf mysql-connector-odbc-
The directory created contains two subdirectories,
bin. Copy these to a suitable location such as
shell> cp bin/* /usr/local/bin shell> cp lib/* /usr/local/lib
Finally, register the driver with iODBC using the myodbc-installer tool that was included in the package:
shell> myodbc-installer -a -d -n "MySQL ODBC 5.3 Driver" -t "Driver=/usr/local/lib/libmyodbc5w.so"
To install using the a compressed disk image
For Connector/ODBC 5.3.7 and later, you have to install iODBC
before you can install Connector/ODBC using the
.dmg file. See
discussion above on iODBC.
Download the disk image.
Double click the disk image to open it. You see the Connector/ODBC installer inside.
Double click the Connector/ODBC installer, and you will be guided through the rest of the installation process. You need superuser privileges to finish the installation.
To verify the installed drivers, either use the ODBC Administrator application or the myodbc-installer utility:
shell> myodbc-installer -d -l