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MySQL Shell 8.0  /  Getting Started with MySQL Shell  /  Starting MySQL Shell

4.1 Starting MySQL Shell

When MySQL Shell is installed you have the mysqlsh command available. Open a terminal window (command prompt on Windows) and start MySQL Shell by issuing:

< mysqlsh

This opens MySQL Shell without connecting to a server, by default in Javascript mode. You change mode using the \sql, \py, and \js commands. To connect to a MySQL server, see Section 4.2, “MySQL Shell Connections”.