Connector/Net lets you easily develop .NET applications that require secure, high-performance data connectivity with MySQL. It implements the required ADO.NET interfaces and integrates into ADO.NET-aware tools. Developers can build applications using their choice of .NET languages. Connector/Net is a fully managed ADO.NET driver written in 100% pure C#. It does not use the MySQL C client library.
For release notes detailing the changes in each release of Connector/Net, see
Connector/Net includes full support for:
Features provided by MySQL Server up to and including MySQL Server 5.7.
Large-packet support for sending and receiving rows and
BLOB values up to 2 gigabytes in size.
Protocol compression, which enables compressing the data stream between the client and server.
Connections using TCP/IP sockets, named pipes, or shared memory on Windows.
Connections using TCP/IP sockets or Unix sockets on Unix.
The Open Source Mono framework developed by Novell.
Microsoft Entity Framework.
Microsoft Windows RT.
This document is intended as a user's guide to Connector/Net and includes a full syntax reference. Syntax
information is also included within the
MySql.Data.chm file included with the
If you are using MySQL 5.0 or later, and Visual Studio as your development environment, you can also use the MySQL Visual Studio Plugin. The plugin acts as a DDEX (Data Designer Extensibility) provider: you can use the data design tools within Visual Studio to manipulate the schema and objects within a MySQL database. For more information, see Section 22.2.3, "Connector/Net Visual Studio Integration".
From Connector/Net 5.1 through 6.6, the Visual Studio Plugin is part of the main Connector/Net
package. Starting with 6.7, the Visual Studio Plugin has been separated out into it's own product. The MySQL
for Visual Studio Plugin release notes can be found at
MySQL Connector/Net supports full versions of Visual Studio 2008, 2010, and 2012, although the extent of support may be limited depending on your versions of MySQL Connector/Net and Visual Studio. For details, see Section 22.2.3, "Connector/Net Visual Studio Integration".
MySQL Connector/Net does not support Express versions of Microsoft products, including Microsoft Visual Web Developer.
For connection string properties when using the
class, see Section 22.2.6,
"Connector/Net Connection String Options Reference".