Install MySQL on Mac

Install MySQL on Mac

by John Vincent

Posted on February 17, 2017

This stuff ends up sprayed everywhere, so let's create a reference document.

Install and Configure MySQL

MySQL Community Downloads

Select: macOS 10.15 (x86, 64-bit), DMG Archive

Download and install.

Installer installed MySQL into /usr/local

mysql-8.0.19-osx10.7-x86_64/ symbolic link to mysql.

MySQL is installed to:

  • Base directory: /usr/local/mysql
  • Data directory: /usr/local/mysql/data

MySQL Useful Commands

Is MySQL running

ps -ef | grep -i mysqld

Start MySQL

sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start

Restart MySQL

sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server restart

Stop MySQL

sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server stop

Using System Preferences

  • System Preferences
    • MySQL (near the bottom)

If you get could not load mysql preference pane, you need to install a newer version of MySQL.

Can manage MySQL installation and configuration.

MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench


Download: macOS (x86, 64-bit), DMG Archive


Some MySQL Errors

Error! MySQL server PID file could not be found

as root

sudo -s
cd /usr/local/mysql/data

kill -9 the pid of MySQL daemon if it is running.

May get ERROR! The server quit without updating PID file

cd /usr/local/mysql/data
rm mysqld.local.err

edit, insert one blank line

Try to start the MySQL server.

ElCapitan Upgrade - MySQL Fails on Startup

cd /usr/local/mysql
chown -R _mysql data/

MySQL running on 3307 instead of 3306

edit /Library/LaunchDaemons/

change port=3307 to port=3306

Restart MySQL Server

MySQL System Preferences problems

  • Apple
  • System Preferences
    • MySQL

try starting the daemon manually

sudo launchctl start com.mysql.mysql

or stopping the daemon manually

sudo launchctl stop com.mysql.mysql

MySQL Connection

Connector/J 8.0.19

OS: Platform independent




Add mysql-connector-java-8.0.19.jar to the classpath

JDBC driver manager com.mysql.jdbc.Driver implements java.sql.Driver