For MySQL 5.6, there are multiple installation package formats to choose from when installing MySQL on Windows. The package formats described in this section are:
Program Database (PDB) files (with file name extension
pdb) provide information for debugging your
MySQL installation in the event of a problem. These files are
included in ZIP Archive distributions (but not MSI distributions)
This package has a file name similar to
and utilizes MSIs to automatically install MySQL server and
other products. MySQL Installer will download and apply updates to itself,
and for each of the installed products. It also configures the
installed MySQL server (including a sandbox InnoDB cluster test
setup) and MySQL Router. MySQL Installer is recommended for most users.
MySQL Installer can install and manage (add, modify, upgrade, and remove) many other MySQL products, including:
Applications – MySQL Workbench, MySQL for Visual Studio, MySQL Notifier, MySQL for Excel, MySQL Utilities, MySQL Shell, MySQL Router
Connectors – MySQL Connector/C++, MySQL Connector/NET, Connector/ODBC, MySQL Connector/Python, MySQL Connector/J, MySQL Connector/Node.js
Documentation – MySQL Manual (PDF format), samples and examples
MySQL Installer operates on all MySQL supported versions of Windows (see https://www.mysql.com/support/supportedplatforms/database.html).
Because MySQL Installer is not a native component of Microsoft Windows and depends on .NET, it will not work on minimal installation options like the Server Core version of Windows Server.
For instructions on how to install MySQL using MySQL Installer, see Section 2.3.3, “MySQL Installer for Windows”.
These packages contain the files found in the complete MySQL Server installation package, with the exception of the GUI. This format does not include an automated installer, and must be manually installed and configured.
noinstall ZIP archives are split into two
separate compressed files. The main package is named
for 64-bit and
for 32-bit. This contains the components needed to use MySQL on
your system. The optional MySQL test suite, MySQL benchmark
suite, and debugging binaries/information components (including
PDB files) are in a separate compressed file named
for 64-bit and
If you choose to install a
archive, see Section 2.3.4, “Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using a
noinstall ZIP Archive”.
For information on using the MySQL Docker images provided by Oracle on Windows platform, see Section 22.214.171.124, “Deploying MySQL on Windows and Other Non-Linux Platforms with Docker”.
The MySQL Docker images provided by Oracle are built specifically for Linux platforms. Other platforms are not supported, and users running the MySQL Docker images from Oracle on them are doing so at their own risk.