Step By Step Guide To MySQL Download And Setup For Windows

Our guide to MySQL download outlines the downloading and installation processes for both MySQL free download and MySQL 5.7 download for windows PC’s. In this post, our focus will be on the community edition which is the free version and not the paid enterprise edition.

You can find the download link here.

Here is the direct link for Windows users.

You have the option to download the web installer 30mb or the complete installer 300mb.

MySQL Download

Step 1: Download the mysql-installer-community-8.0.16.0.msi file.

Step 2: Unzip the file into a new folder with the name of your choice.

Step 3: You have the option of moving the data folder to a different drive or partition for the purposes of making it easier to back up and re-install the file again should the need arise.

Step 4: Create a configuration file such as ‘my.ini’ and save into the ‘mysql’ folder.

Step 5: Test your installation by executing ‘c:mysqlbinmysqld.ex’. Open a command box (Start > Run > cmd) and enter the following commands:

Step 6: Connect to a database by typing the below command

Step 7: Change the root password for the MySQL root user is an extremely powerful account that can create and destroy databases.

Additional Types of MySQL downloads

MySQL free download

MySQL community edition consists of free to downloaded versions of MySQL which are open source. It is supported by a thriving and active community of open source developers and well-wishers.

Click on the hyperlink  to access the MySQL open-source file downloads.

Alternative MySQL versions

MariaDB has a Windows version as well for users.

Click on the following hyperlink to access MySQL 5.7 file download.

Final thoughts

MySQL downloads consist of both free, open-source and proprietary, the premium charged versions of MySQL. Each of these versions provides opportunities for anyone wishing to learn and develop a database to do so in a cost-effective manner.

Dennis Porter
My name is Dennis Porter and I live in an apartment overlooking the lake in downtown Chicago. My wife says I’ve always been a computer nerd, and I gladly own that. Computers run this world. I was always fascinated by the way a computer works and how information was cataloged and stored. After graduating from college, I spent years managing database systems. I’ve been creating databases and programming data management systems for some of the biggest companies in North America. As the person responsible for helping to teach new employees how to use a SQL system, I’ve developed a large cache of information I’m prepared to share with you. MySQL is an innovative and open-source data management system. With all of the recent advances, I decided to share my knowledge with you. On the pages of this site, you’ll find directions to the very simple and some very advanced programming issues. I hope you are able to benefit from my years of learning. After all, if you’re visiting this site, you’re probably as big of a nerd as I am.