Installation of MySQL from source requires several development tools. Some of these tools are needed no matter whether you use a standard source distribution or a development source tree. Other tool requirements depend on which installation method you use.
To install MySQL from source, the following system requirements must be satisfied, regardless of installation method:
CMake, which is used as the build framework on all platforms. CMake can be downloaded from http://www.cmake.org.
A good make program. Although some platforms come with their own make implementations, it is highly recommended that you use GNU make 3.75 or higher. It may already be available on your system as gmake. GNU make is available from http://www.gnu.org/software/make/.
MySQL 8.0 source code permits use of C++14 features. To enable a good level of C++14 support across all supported platforms, the following minimum compiler versions apply:
GCC 5.3 (Linux)
Clang 4.0 (FreeBSD)
XCode 9 (macOS)
Developer Studio 12.6 (Solaris)
Visual Studio 2017 (Windows)
The MySQL C API requires a C++ or C99 compiler to compile.
An SSL library is required for support of encrypted connections, entropy for random number generation, and other encryption-related operations. By default, the build uses the OpenSSL library installed on the host system. To specify the library explicitly, use the
WITH_SSLoption when you invoke CMake. For additional information, see Section 4.6, “Configuring SSL Library Support”.
The Boost C++ libraries are required to build MySQL (but not to use it). MySQL compilation requires a particular Boost version. Typically, that is the current Boost version, but if a specific MySQL source distribution requires a different version, the configuration process will stop with a message indicating the Boost version that it requires. To obtain Boost and its installation instructions, visit the official site. After Boost is installed, tell the build system where the Boost files are located by defining the
WITH_BOOSToption when you invoke CMake. For example:
cmake . -DWITH_BOOST=/usr/local/boost_version_number
Adjust the path as necessary to match your installation.
The ncurses library.
Sufficient free memory. If you encounter problems such as “internal compiler error” when compiling large source files, it may be that you have too little memory. If compiling on a virtual machine, try increasing the memory allocation.
Perl is needed if you intend to run test scripts. Most Unix-like systems include Perl. On Windows, you can use a version such as ActiveState Perl.
To install MySQL from a standard source distribution, one of the following tools is required to unpack the distribution file:
.tar.gzcompressed tar file: GNU
gunzipto uncompress the distribution and a reasonable tar to unpack it. If your tar program supports the
zoption, it can both uncompress and unpack the file.
GNU tar is known to work. The standard tar provided with some operating systems is not able to unpack the long file names in the MySQL distribution. You should download and install GNU tar, or if available, use a preinstalled version of GNU tar. Usually this is available as gnutar, gtar, or as tar within a GNU or Free Software directory, such as
/usr/local/bin. GNU tar is available from http://www.gnu.org/software/tar/.
.zipZip archive: WinZip or another tool that can read
.rpmRPM package: The rpmbuild program used to build the distribution unpacks it.
To install MySQL from a development source tree, the following additional tools are required:
The Git revision control system is required to obtain the development source code. The GitHub Help provides instructions for downloading and installing Git on different platforms. MySQL officially joined GitHub in September, 2014. For more information about MySQL's move to GitHub, refer to the announcement on the MySQL Release Engineering blog: MySQL on GitHub
bison 2.1 or higher, available from http://www.gnu.org/software/bison/. (Version 1 is no longer supported.) Use the latest version of bison where possible; if you experience problems, upgrade to a later version, rather than revert to an earlier one.
bison is available from http://www.gnu.org/software/bison/.
bisonfor Windows can be downloaded from http://gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/bison.htm. Download the package labeled “Complete package, excluding sources”. On Windows, the default location for bison is the
C:\Program Files\GnuWin32directory. Some utilities may fail to find bison because of the space in the directory name. Also, Visual Studio may simply hang if there are spaces in the path. You can resolve these problems by installing into a directory that does not contain a space (for example
On Solaris Express, m4 must be installed in addition to bison. m4 is available from http://www.gnu.org/software/m4/.
If you have to install any programs, modify your
PATH environment variable to include any
directories in which the programs are located. See
Setting Environment Variables.
If you run into problems and need to file a bug report, please use the instructions in How to Report Bugs or Problems.