For MySQL 5.6 on Windows, the default installation directory is
Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.6. Some Windows users prefer to install in
C:\mysql, the directory that formerly was used as the default. However, the layout
of the subdirectories remains the same.
All of the files are located within this parent directory, using the structure shown in the following table.
Table 2.4. Default MySQL Installation Layout for Microsoft Windows
|Directory||Contents of Directory||Notes|
||Client programs and the mysqld server|
||Log files, databases (Windows XP, Windows Server 2003)||The Windows system variable
||Log files, databases (Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and newer)||The Windows system variable
||Example programs and scripts|
||Include (header) files|
||Miscellaneous support files, including error messages, character set files, sample configuration files, SQL for databaseinstallation|
If you install MySQL using the MySQL Installer, this package creates and sets up the data directory that the
installed server will use, and also creates a pristine "template"
data directory named
data under the installation directory. After an installation
has been performed using this package, the template data directory can be copied to set up additional MySQL
instances. See Section 5.6, "Running Multiple
MySQL Instances on One Machine".