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MySQL, the industry-leading open-source SQL database, is an accessible, easy-to-use relational database management system (RDBMS). As an alternative to Oracle and SQL server, MySQL offers features and capabilities that were once only available to users of expensive proprietary systems.

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g.peretz Member IconComment+3

Why o why does MacUpdate track Unix software in the main Mac software channel? Just a suggestion, but i would prefer it if you had a separate tab/category for server software, daemons, CLI utilities and the like. That way, the 90% who don't use it won't have to contend with the added entries on the tracker. (I do personally use a lot of server-oriented software and CLI tools, so i would personally check that category for updates. But my preference would be to separate them out to another category listing.)

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Version 5.6.15

"Why o why does MacUpdate track Unix software in the main Mac software channel?"

Because OS X is UNIX, a POSIX certified BSD descendant to be exact.

There is a significant percentage of the Mac user community who use them specifically because of their workstation roots. We don't make a distinction between the different layers, as it's all part of what makes OS X wonderful.

bbw7 Member IconComment+313

The MU download only provides some 0.5kb (!) tar.gz file, and the developer link only leads to some fairly small-sized search engine code. However, the below link seems to provide the full-on file in several formats for OS 10.6:


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Version 5.1.60

Thanks for the heads up bbw7. I've updated the listing and fixed our download links.

Naoh Member IconComment+133

This is odd. The MySQL download page lists 5.5.12 as the lastest version, and 5.1.57 as an older version.

Yet MacUpdate is linking to 5.1.57.

What gives?

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Version 5.1.57

Server software has different version numbering from regular software. With servers, stability and continuity are often more important than features, therefore, server software has multiple parallel branches that are maintained side-by-side, and one only upgrades to a higher numbered version when absolutely necessary.

So, with MySQL, 5.5.x is the latest feature updated branch, but 5.1.x is not "old", it's merely a separate branch, which, having been in use for a longer period of time, is probably slightly more stable.

In any event, MU should include links to the latest version of 5.1.x and 5.5.x. Both are valid and current branches of MySQL. With server software, it's not about either/or but both/and.

Schmelding Member IconComment+151

Now that Oracle has acquired MySQL what will this mean for the future of MySQL?

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Version 5.1.40

More development resources. MySQL is now way faster....

svoop Member IconComment+40

Version 5.0.51 has just been released, however, it doesn't work out of the box on my Mac with OS X 10.5.2.

I've filed a bug report that contains a workaround that circumvents the permissions issues. However, this is okay for a development Mac like min, you MUST NOT do it on a production system.


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Version 5.0.45
svoop Member IconComment+40

Download the Leo compatible PrefPane from:


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Version 5.0.45

Thanks, it works! I recently found a "fix" to get the preference pane working in Leopard, but it didn't work for me. This "official" fix works great though.


thanks so much for this link. I stumbled on this form about a year after my original post-- and have been booting via command line for too long.

For those of you who need more info... this pref. pane works for those who did the custom work-around in the previous posts on this topic. Worth trying at any rate... you can't harm your computer.

mintyboy Member IconComment+2

Anyone had any luck with LEOPARD??? I need MYSQL before I upgrade.

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Version 5.0.45

Yes. MySQL 5.0.45 is working with Leopard. But you have to setup a path with the commands :

sudo mkdir /var/mysql/
sudo ln-s /tmp/mysql.sock /var/mysql/mysql.sock

Note that MySQL PreferencePane is not working correctly.

PHP 5.2.4 is already installed in leopard (but not activated).


It's a permissions issue. This will solve it "brute force", I'm too lazy to figure out exactly which permissions misbehave for my development only system.

sudo chmod -R a=rwX mysql-5*

Here's more:



After trying a number of solutions... I found that this set of instructions got the stock 5.0.45 install working with Leopard.


The key is to start the server first and then run VincentJ's code...

note... there should be a space before the"-s"
sudo ln -s /tmp/mysql.sock /var/mysql/mysql.sock

teksestro Member IconReview+76

Unfortunately, many developers seem to believe that MySQL is a 'free' product, when it isn't. Its licensing scheme is quite restrictive for professional production.
Although newer versions are more stable, have more of the *basic, required* features that make a database engine a 'true' database system (such as foreign key support, and transaction rollback), the truth is that there are other systems out there - such as the excellent and much under-used PostreSQL - which, in my experience, have a less restrictive license, are more advanced, supporting more standard features, and still just as cross-platform.

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Version 5.0.41

if you change the code. yes.

sjk Member IconComment+995

Anyone know why the "Mac OS X 10.4, (PowerPC, 64-bit)" downloads are still only 5.0.27?

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Version 5.0.41
OSXFactor Member IconComment+41

What happened to the package installer? I installed the x86 version two weeks ago, and it had a packaged installer. I had to reinstall today (reinstalled the OS), and all of the installers on MySQL's site are command line only. I'm certain I got the Mac x86 packaged installer from MySQL's site. What happened to it?

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Version 5.0.20

Try searching MacUpdate... you may be confused about the SQL version installed...

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Version 5.6.17
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Current Version (5.x)


Downloads 99,411
Version Downloads 3,312
Type Internet / Servers
License Free
Date 29 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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