Installers in native package formats are available for many Unix and Unix-like systems, and for Windows. Alternatively, you can install using a distribution in a more generic format such as a Zip archive or compressed tar file.
You may need to have
root or administrator
privileges to perform the installation operation.
On Unix and Unix-like systems, a generic Connector/C binary
distribution is packaged as a compressed tar
file, denoted here as
To install a distribution file, unpack it in the intended
installation directory using this command:
shell> tar zxvf PACKAGE.tar.gz
MySQL Connector/C Community requires the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 (available at the Microsoft Download Center) to work on Windows platforms; install it before installing MySQL Connector/C Community.
The simplest and recommended method for installing Connector/C on Windows platforms is to download MySQL Installer and let it install and configure all the MySQL products on your system. See MySQL Installer for Windows for details. Those who are not using the MySQL Installer can choose between two binary distributions:
Windows MSI Installer (
.msifile): To use the MSI Installer, launch it and follow the prompts in the screens it presents to install Connector/C in the location of your choosing.
Zip archive without installer (
.zipfile): To use a Zip archive, unpack it in the intended installation directory using WinZip or another tool that can read
A OS X native package installer is provided as a DMG (disk image) file. To install a DMG package, double-click the image file, then follow the prompts.
By default, the DMG package installs Connector/C under
/usr/local, into a dedicated directory that
does not conflict with the one used by MySQL Server DMG
There are two Linux RPM packages for Connector/C. Install one or both, depending on the capabilities you require:
sharedRPM contains the shared client library. Install this RPM if you intend to compile or run C API applications that depend on the shared client library.
develRPM contains the header files and the static client library. Install this RPM if you intend to compile C API applications.
RPM packages for Connector/C do not include the perror or my_print_defaults utilities.
A Linux RPM package is provided as a file with an
.rpm suffix, denoted here as
install a given RPM package, use this command:
shell> rpm -i PACKAGE.rpm
RPM provides a feature to verify the integrity and authenticity of packages before installing them. To learn more about this feature, see Verifying Package Integrity Using MD5 Checksums or GnuPG.
A Solaris PKG package is provided as a file with a
.pkg.gz suffix, denoted here as
To install a PKG package, uncompress it:
shell> gunzip PACKAGE.pkg.gz
Then use pkgadd and follow the onscreen
shell> pkgadd -d PACKAGE.pkg
By default, the PKG package installs Connector/C under the root path
/opt/mysql, into a dedicated directory that
does not conflict with the one used by MySQL Server PKG
packages. You can change only the installation root path using
pkgadd, which can be used to install MySQL in
a different Solaris zone. If you need to install in a specific
directory, use a binary tar file