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Chapter 2 Installing MySQL on OS X Using Native Packages

The package is located inside a disk image (.dmg) file that you first need to mount by double-clicking its icon in the Finder. It should then mount the image and display its contents.


Before proceeding with the installation, be sure to stop all running MySQL server instances by using either the MySQL Manager Application (on OS X Server), the preference pane, or mysqladmin shutdown on the command line.

To install MySQL using the package installer:

  1. Download the disk image (.dmg) file (the community version is available here) that contains the MySQL package installer. Double-click the file to mount the disk image and see its contents.

    Figure 2.1 MySQL Package Installer: DMG Contents

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  2. Double-click the MySQL installer package. It will be named according to the version of MySQL you have downloaded. For example, if you have downloaded MySQL server 5.7.22, double-click mysql-5.7.22-osx-10.11-x86_64.pkg.

  3. You will be presented with the opening installer dialog. Click Continue to begin installation.

    Figure 2.2 MySQL Package Installer: Introduction

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  4. If you have downloaded the community version of MySQL, you will be shown a copy of the relevant GNU General Public License. Click Continue and then Agree to continue.

  5. From the Installation Type page you can either click Install to execute the installation wizard using all defaults, click Customize to alter which components to install (MySQL server, Preference Pane, Launchd Support -- all enabled by default).


    Although the Change Install Location option is visible, the installation location cannot be changed.

    Figure 2.3 MySQL Package Installer: Installation Type

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    Figure 2.4 MySQL Package Installer: Customize

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  6. Click Install to begin the installation process.

  7. Once the installation has been completed successfully, you will be provided with your temporary root password. This cannot be recovered, so you must save this password. For example:

    Figure 2.5 MySQL Package Installer: Temporary Root Password

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    After logging into MySQL using this temporary password, MySQL will expire this password and require you to create a new password.

  8. Next is an Install Succeeded message with a short summary. Close the wizard.

    Figure 2.6 MySQL Package Installer: Summary

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MySQL server is now installed, but it is not loaded (or started) by default. Use either launchctl from the command line, or start MySQL by clicking "Start" using the MySQL preference pane. For additional information, see Chapter 3, Installing a MySQL Launch Daemon, and Chapter 4, Installing and Using the MySQL Preference Pane. Use the MySQL Preference Pane or launchd to configure MySQL to automatically start at bootup.

When installing using the package installer, the files are installed into a directory within /usr/local matching the name of the installation version and platform. For example, the installer file mysql-5.7.22-osx10.11-x86_64.dmg installs MySQL into /usr/local/mysql-5.7.22-osx10.11-x86_64/ . The following table shows the layout of the installation directory.

Table 2.1 MySQL Installation Layout on OS X

DirectoryContents of Directory
binmysqld server, client and utility programs
dataLog files, databases
docsHelper documents, like the Release Notes and build information
includeInclude (header) files
manUnix manual pages
mysql-testMySQL test suite
shareMiscellaneous support files, including error messages, sample configuration files, SQL for database installation
support-filesScripts and sample configuration files
/tmp/mysql.sockLocation of the MySQL Unix socket

During the package installer process, a symbolic link from /usr/local/mysql to the version/platform specific directory created during installation will be created automatically.

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