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7.5.1 Connecting to MySQL Using Connector/Python

The connect() constructor creates a connection to the MySQL server and returns a MySQLConnection object.

The following example shows how to connect to the MySQL server:

import mysql.connector
cnx = mysql.connector.connect(user='scott', password='password',

Section 7.7.1, “Connector/Python Connection Arguments” describes the permitted connection arguments.

It is also possible to create connection objects using the connection.MySQLConnection() class:

from mysql.connector import (connection)
cnx = connection.MySQLConnection(user='scott', password='password',

Both forms (either using the connect() constructor or the class directly) are valid and functionally equal, but using connect() is preferred and used by most examples in this manual.

To handle connection errors, use the try statement and catch all errors using the errors.Error exception:

import mysql.connector
from mysql.connector import errorcode
  cnx = mysql.connector.connect(user='scott',
except mysql.connector.Error as err:
  if err.errno == errorcode.ER_ACCESS_DENIED_ERROR:
    print("Something is wrong with your user name or password")
  elif err.errno == errorcode.ER_BAD_DB_ERROR:
    print("Database does not exist")

Defining connection arguments in a dictionary and using the ** operator is another option:

import mysql.connector
config = {
  'user': 'scott',
  'password': 'password',
  'host': '',
  'database': 'employees',
  'raise_on_warnings': True
cnx = mysql.connector.connect(**config)

Using the Connector/Python Python or C Extension

Connector/Python offers two implementations: a pure Python interface and a C extension that uses the MySQL C client library (see The Connector/Python C Extension). This can be configured at runtime using the use_pure connection argument. It defaults to False as of MySQL 8, meaning the C extension is used. If the C extension is not available on the system then use_pure defaults to True. Setting use_pure=False causes the connection to use the C Extension if your Connector/Python installation includes it, while use_pure=True to False means the Python implementation is used if available.


The use_pure option and C extension were added in Connector/Python 2.1.1.

The following example shows how to set use_pure to False.

import mysql.connector
cnx = mysql.connector.connect(user='scott', password='password',

It is also possible to use the C Extension directly by importing the _mysql_connector module rather than the mysql.connector module. For more information, see The _mysql_connector C Extension Module.

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