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5.1 MySQL Installation Layout on Microsoft Windows

For MySQL 5.7 on Windows, the default installation directory is C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.7 for installations performed with MySQL Installer. If you use the ZIP archive method to install MySQL, you may prefer to install in C:\mysql. However, the layout of the subdirectories remains the same.

All of the files are located within this parent directory, using the structure shown in the following table.

Table 5.1 Default MySQL Installation Layout for Microsoft Windows

DirectoryContents of DirectoryNotes
binmysqld server, client and utility programs 
%PROGRAMDATA%\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.7\Log files, databasesThe Windows system variable %PROGRAMDATA% defaults to C:\ProgramData.
docsRelease documentationWith MySQL Installer, use the Modify operation to select this optional folder.
includeInclude (header) files 
shareMiscellaneous support files, including error messages, character set files, sample configuration files, SQL for database installation 

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