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6.2 Installation

MySQL for Excel is a 32-bit add-in for Microsoft Excel, which you can install with MySQL Installer for Windows. MySQL for Excel does not run on OS X or macOS.

MySQL for Excel can interact with MySQL Workbench to simplify the management of MySQL connections when both MySQL client tools are installed. MySQL Workbench is not required to perform database operations from MySQL for Excel.

MySQL for Excel Requirements

  • .NET Framework 4.5.2 (Client or Full Profile).

  • Microsoft Office Excel 2007 or later (for Microsoft Windows).

  • Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime. MySQL Installer may install this for you.


    This requirement is different than Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio, which is not a substitute.

  • An available MySQL server connection.

MySQL for Excel Download and Install

There are two download options available for installing MySQL for Excel:

  • Standalone: Download and execute the MySQL for Excel standalone MSI file. With this option, you must ensure that all MySQL for Excel requirements are met before executing the MSI file.

  • MySQL Installer: Download and execute the MySQL Installer MSI file. This option is recommended because, in addition to managing all MySQL client applications for Windows, MySQL Installer evaluates the installation requirements on your computer for you.

    • When MySQL Installer is installed for the first time: Use the Developer, Client Only, or Full setup types to install MySQL for Excel together with other MySQL applications. Use the Custom setup type to install MySQL for Excel alone.

    • When MySQL Installer is already installed: Use the Add operation to install MySQL for Excel.

    For additional installation and usage instructions, see Section 1.3, “MySQL Installer for Windows”.

Open MySQL for Excel

MySQL for Excel is loaded and executed by selecting the Data menu tab in Excel, and then clicking the MySQL for Excel button from the ribbon. This button opens the MySQL for Excel task pane from which you can select options and operations. Initially, MySQL for Excel displays connection information, as shown in the following figure.


If the items in the task pane overlap, you may need to restart Microsoft Windows after installing MySQL for Excel.

Figure 6.1 MySQL for Excel Button and Task Pane

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