2.3.1 Installing

MySQL Workbench for Windows can be installed using the MySQL Installer that installs and updates all MySQL products on Windows, the standalone .msi installation package, or manually from a Zip file.


Installing MySQL Workbench using an Installer package requires either Administrator or Power User privileges. If you are using the Zip file without an installer, you do not need Administrator or Power User privileges.

Requirements for Windows

  • Microsoft .NET 4.0 Framework

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable Package (MSVC2013)


    The 2010 version was used in previous editions of MySQL Workbench 6.

  • Windows 7 and above


    MySQL Workbench 6.1 supports earlier versions of Windows, including Vista

Installation Using MySQL Installer

The general MySQL Installer download is available at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/windows/installer/. The MySQL Installer application can install, upgrade, and manage most MySQL products, including MySQL Workbench.

This is the Recommended Approach

Managing all of your MySQL products, including Workbench, with MySQL Installer is the recommended approach. It handles all requirements and prerequisites, configurations, and upgrades.

When executing MySQL Installer, you may choose MySQL Workbench as one of the products to install. It is selected by default, and essentially executes the standalone Installer Package described below.

Installation Using the Installer Package

The standalone download is available at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/workbench/.

MySQL Workbench can be installed using the Windows Installer (.msi) installation package. The MSI package bears the name mysql-workbench-community-version-winarch.msi, where version indicates the MySQL Workbench version number, and arch the build architecture (either win32 or winx64).

  1. To install MySQL Workbench, right-click the MSI file and select the Install item from the pop-up menu, or double-click the file.

  2. In the Setup Type window you may choose a Complete or Custom installation. To use all features of MySQL Workbench choose the Complete option.

  3. Unless you choose otherwise, MySQL Workbench is installed in C:\%PROGRAMFILES%\MySQL\MySQL Workbench 6.3 edition_type\, where %PROGRAMFILES% is the default directory for programs for your locale. The %PROGRAMFILES% directory is defined as C:\Program Files\ on most systems.

Installation Using the Zip File

If you have problems running the Installer package, an alternative is to install from a Zip file without an installer. That file is called mysql-workbench-community-version-arch.zip, where version indicates the MySQL Workbench version number, and arch the build architecture (either win32 or winx64).

To install using the Zip file, download the Zip file to a convenient location and decompress the file using a Zip utility. You can place the resulting directory anywhere on you system. You need not install or configure the application before using it. You may want to create a shortcut on your desktop or the quick launch bar.

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