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MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual  /  MySQL Server Administration  /  The MySQL Data Directory

Pre-General Availability Draft: 2018-02-23

5.2 The MySQL Data Directory

Information managed by the MySQL server is stored under a directory known as the data directory. The following list briefly describes the items typically found in the data directory, with cross references for additional information:

Some items in the preceding list can be relocated elsewhere by reconfiguring the server. In addition, the --datadir option enables the location of the data directory itself to be changed. For a given MySQL installation, check the server configuration to determine whether items have been moved.


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