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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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Version 5.6.17:
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  • OS X 10.7 or later

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g.peretz commented on 03 Dec 2013
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.)
[Version 5.6.15]

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Negritude replied on 05 Dec 2013
"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 commented on 31 Dec 2012
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:
[Version 5.1.60]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 31 Dec 2012
Thanks for the heads up bbw7. I've updated the listing and fixed our download links.

Naoh commented on 07 May 2011
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?
[Version 5.1.57]

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Negritude replied on 07 May 2011
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 commented on 01 Feb 2010
Now that Oracle has acquired MySQL what will this mean for the future of MySQL?
[Version 5.1.40]

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Mikaelf replied on 16 Sep 2011
More development resources. MySQL is now way faster....

svoop commented on 25 Feb 2008
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.
[Version 5.0.45]


svoop commented on 20 Feb 2008
Download the Leo compatible PrefPane from:
[Version 5.0.45]

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Stormchild replied on 27 Feb 2008
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.

mintyboy replied on 01 May 2008
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 commented on 21 Oct 2007
Anyone had any luck with LEOPARD??? I need MYSQL before I upgrade.
[Version 5.0.45]

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VincentJ replied on 28 Oct 2007
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).

svoop replied on 28 Oct 2007
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:

mintyboy commented on 30 Oct 2007
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 reviewed on 17 Jun 2007
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.
[Version 5.0.41]

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MarkOh replied on 22 Aug 2007
if you change the code. yes.

sjk commented on 16 Jun 2007
Anyone know why the "Mac OS X 10.4, (PowerPC, 64-bit)" downloads are still only 5.0.27?
[Version 5.0.41]


OSXFactor commented on 02 May 2006
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?
[Version 5.0.20]

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Umaromc replied on 02 May 2006
Try searching MacUpdate... you may be confused about the SQL version installed...
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