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Installing MySQL on Windows
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Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

MySQL Installation

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MySQL is the most widely used open-source database in the world. Despite its vast capabilities, MySQL is simple to set up and operate. The instructions below will help you get MySQL up and running in a few simple steps.

Installing MySQL on Windows

MySQL Installer is the most convenient way to install and configure MySQL Server on Windows. This setup wizard makes it possible to ease the installation and configuration of MySQL products for Microsoft Windows.

Below are the steps to download and setup MySQL on windows :

  1. To begin, visit the MySQL Installer download page. As you can see, there are two download options: an online community version and a full version. The key difference between these two is that the online package only includes the MySQL Installer and configuration files, and the installation requires an Internet connection. Apart from MySQL Server, you may choose which programs to download from the online version. The entire package includes all MySQL products for Windows (including MySQL Server) and is appropriate if you wish to install MySQL offline.
  2. Now, select the setup type that best fits your use case from the list: 
    Developer Default includes the installation of MySQL Server and all additional development tools. 
    This kind is best suited if you intend to create a MySQL database from scratch.
    Server only recommends installing a single installation of MySQL Server. This kind is appropriate if you will not be actively managing the database.
    The Client only installs all MySQL applications and connections except for the MySQL Server package. 
    Full installation will include the installation of all MySQL products. 
    The Custom type gives a wide range of choices for customizing the installation and picking tools from the MySQL catalog.
  3. Following that, MySQL Installer confirms that you fulfill the installation prerequisites. If any prerequisites fail, the installation will automatically address the discrepancies. If it does not, you will be prompted to resolve the issues manually. You may, for example, need to install some extra apps or packages (for example, Microsoft Visual C++ 2019 Redistributable Package). Furthermore, if you have already installed MySQL on your Windows Server, you may see Path installation discrepancies.
    Go to the MySQL servers section, select the required server, and send it to the product/features to be installed box using the green arrow. Similarly, select the MySQL workbench under the applications section. Click next.
  4. Click on Execute to download the selected products. Go to next.
  5. We have now arrived at the section where we will configure MySQL Server. Click Next to start the procedure.
  6. In the Type and Networking section, you may specify the part of system memory that will be allotted to your MySQL server instance by selecting one of three server configuration types: 
    Development Computer, Server Computer, or Dedicated Computer.
    Select Development Computer if your computer hosts many other programs, and Dedicated if there are no other vital applications.
    Choose the Connectivity choices that best suit your requirements, click Next.
  7. You will be offered the option of using one of two server-side authentication methods: Strong Password Encryption or Legacy Authentication.
    Select the Use Strong Password Authentication option and go to the next step:
  8. You must provide a strong password for your MySQL root user here. Also, save the password in a safe location for future reference. Click next.
  9. In this step, you may configure MySQL Server to run as a Windows Service and to start automatically when Windows boots. You may also pick the Custom User option and manually adjust the parameters to launch MySQL Server as an executable application.
  10. This final step summarises the configuration procedures: When you click Execute, the following configuration options will be implemented one by one: The green checkmarks indicate that the setup procedure has been completed successfully. End by clicking the Finish button.
  11. When you have finished configuring your system, click Next.
    Congratulations! You have completed the installation of the MySQL Server. Copy the installation process log to the Windows Clipboard and then click Finish.

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  1. How do I know if MySQL is installed on the Windows command line?
    The command prompt should now display mysql>, indicating that you are in the MySQL folder. This displays a list of the contents of the currently selected folder. The version number of your MySQL installation will be shown in one of the files. For example, if you installed MySQL 5.5, you should see a subdirectory called "MySQL Server 5.5."
  2. How do I start MySQL After installing Windows?
    Use the MySQL Command-Line Client to get started. Enter the following command in a Command Prompt window to start the client: mysql -u root -p. Only if MySQL has a root password is the -p option required. When asked, type the password.
  3. How do I connect to the MySQL server while installing?
    You may view a list of MySQL connections on the MySQL workbench welcome screen. We haven't set up several connections; therefore, "Local instance MySQL80" appears. To launch the new query editor window, click on it. When you click on the connection, you'll be prompted to input the database server's credentials.
  4. How do I start MySQL workbench on Windows 10?
    Select Start, Programs, MySQL, and MySQL Workbench to launch MySQL Workbench on Windows.

Key Takeaways

  • Cheers if you reached here! In this blog, We have learned how to use MySQL Installer to install MySQL on Windows in the simplest method possible.
  • We marked our first step towards becoming experts in MySQL. Still, there is a lot to cover, so hang in there.

On the other hand, learning never ceases, and there is always more to learn. So, keep learning and keep growing, ninjas!

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Good luck with your preparation!


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