- 6.4.1 Installing Connector/ODBC on Windows
- 6.4.2 Installing Connector/ODBC on Unix-like Systems
- 6.4.3 Installing Connector/ODBC on macOS
- 6.4.4 Building Connector/ODBC from a Source Distribution on Windows
- 6.4.5 Building Connector/ODBC from a Source Distribution on Unix
- 6.4.6 Building Connector/ODBC from a Source Distribution on macOS
- 6.4.7 Installing Connector/ODBC from the Development Source Tree
This section explains where to download Connector/ODBC, and how to run the installer, copy the files manually, or build from source.
You can get a copy of the latest version of Connector/ODBC binaries and sources from our website at https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/Connector/ODBC/.
You can install the Connector/ODBC drivers using two different methods:
The binary installation is the easiest and most straightforward method of installation. You receive all the necessary libraries and other files pre-built, with an installer program or batch script to perform all necessary copying and configuration.
The source installation method is intended for platforms where a binary installation package is not available, or in situations where you want to customize or modify the installation process or Connector/ODBC drivers before installation.
If a binary distribution is not available for a particular platform, and you build the driver from the original source code, you can contribute the binaries you create to MySQL by sending a mail message to
<firstname.lastname@example.org>, so that it becomes available for other users.
Connector/ODBC binary distributions include an
INFO_BIN file that describes the environment
and configuration options used to build the distribution. If you
installed Connector/ODBC from a binary distribution and experience
build-related issues on a platform, it may help to check the
settings that were used to build the distribution on that
platform. Binary and source distributions include an
INFO_SRC file that provides information about
the product version and the source repository from which the
distribution was produced. This information was added in Connector/ODBC
Connector/ODBC can be used on all major platforms supported by MySQL according to https://www.mysql.com/en/support/supportedplatforms/database.html. This includes Windows, most Unix-like operation systems, and macOS.
On all non-Windows platforms except macOS, the driver is built
unixODBC and is expecting a 2-byte
SQLWCHAR, not 4 bytes as
iODBC is using. For this reason, the binaries
are only compatible with
unixODBC; recompile the driver against
iODBC to use them together. For further
Section 6.3.2, “ODBC Driver Managers”.
For further instructions, consult the documentation corresponding to the platform where you are installing and whether you are running a binary installer or building from source:
|Platform||Binary Installer||Build from Source|
|Windows||Installation Instructions||Build Instructions|
|Unix/Linux||Installation Instructions||Build Instructions|
Connector/ODBC offers the flexibility to handle data using any character
set through its Unicode-enabled
driver, or the maximum raw speed for a more limited range of
character sets through its ANSI
driver. Both kinds of drivers are provided in the same download
package, and are both installed onto your systems by the
installation program or script that comes with the download
package. Users who install Connector/ODBC and register it to the ODBC
manager manually can choose to install and register either one or
both of the drivers; the different drivers are identified by a
w (for “wide characters”) for the
Unicode driver and
a for the ANSI driver at the
end of the library names. For example,
Related: The previously described file names contain an "8",
myodbc8a.dll, which means they are
for Connector/ODBC 8.x. File names with a "5", such as
myodbc5a.dll, are for Connector/ODBC 5.x.