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4.1.1 Installing the Windows Connector/ODBC Driver Using an Installer

The MSI installer package offers a very simple method for installing the Connector/ODBC drivers. Follow these steps to complete the installation:

  1. Double-click the standalone installer that you extracted, or the MSI file you downloaded.

  2. The MySQL Connector/ODBC Setup Wizard starts. Click the Next button to begin the installation process.

    Figure 4.1 Connector/ODBC Windows Installer - Welcome

    The welcome page displayed after starting the installer. The available buttons are "Next" to continue the installation process or "Cancel" to quit the installer.

  3. After accepting the licensing agreement, choose the installation type. The Typical installation provides the standard files needed to connect to a MySQL database using ODBC. The Complete option installs all the available files, including debug and utility components. Oracle recommends choosing one of these two options to complete the installation. If you choose one of these methods, click Next, then proceed to step 5.

    You can also choose a Custom installation, where you select the individual components to install. If you choose this method, click Next, then proceed to step 4.

    Figure 4.2 Connector/ODBC Windows Installer - Choosing A Setup Type

    A list of available setup types to choose from named Typical, Complete, and Custom.

  4. If you have chosen a custom installation, use the pop-ups to select which components to install, then click Next to install the necessary files.

    Figure 4.3 Connector/ODBC Windows Installer - Custom Installation

    Content is described in the surrounding text.

  5. If you get an Error 1918 error message during the installation, it means you do not have the required Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package installed. See the discussion here for details. Install the package before you click Retry and continue.

    Figure 4.4 Connector/ODBC Windows Installer - Error 1918

    Shows an "Error 1918" popup window containing the key phrase "This module cannot be found." Available buttons shown are "Abort", "Retry", and "Ignore".

  6. Once the files are copied to their final locations and the drivers registered with the Windows ODBC manager, the installation is complete. Click Finish to exit the installer.

    Figure 4.5 Connector/ODBC Windows Installer - Completion

    Content is described in the surrounding text.

Now that the installation is complete, configure your ODBC connections using Chapter 5, Configuring Connector/ODBC.


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