2.9.2. Installing MySQL Using a Standard Source Distribution

To install MySQL from a standard source distribution:

  1. Verify that your system satisfies the tool requirements listed at Section 2.9, "Installing MySQL from Source".

  2. Obtain a distribution file using the instructions in Section 2.1.3, "How to Get MySQL".

  3. Configure, build, and install the distribution using the instructions in this section.

  4. Perform postinstallation procedures using the instructions in Section 2.10, "Postinstallation Setup and Testing".

In MySQL 5.7, CMake is used as the build framework on all platforms. The instructions given here should enable you to produce a working installation. For additional information on using CMake to build MySQL, see How to Build MySQL Server with CMake.

If you start from a source RPM, use the following command to make a binary RPM that you can install. If you do not have rpmbuild, use rpm instead.

shell> rpmbuild --rebuild --clean MySQL-VERSION.src.rpm

The result is one or more binary RPM packages that you install as indicated in Section 2.5.1, "Installing MySQL on Linux Using RPM Packages".

The sequence for installation from a compressed tar file or Zip archive source distribution is similar to the process for installing from a generic binary distribution (see Section 2.2, "Installing MySQL on Unix/Linux Using Generic Binaries"), except that it is used on all platforms and includes steps to configure and compile the distribution. For example, with a compressed tar file source distribution on Unix, the basic installation command sequence looks like this:

# Preconfiguration setupshell> groupadd mysqlshell> useradd -r -g mysql mysql# Beginning of source-build specific instructionsshell> tar zxvf mysql-VERSION.tar.gzshell> cd mysql-VERSIONshell> cmake .shell> makeshell> make
        install# End of source-build specific instructions# Postinstallation setupshell> cd /usr/local/mysqlshell> chown
        -R mysql .shell> chgrp -R mysql
        .shell> scripts/mysql_install_db --user=mysqlshell> chown -R root .shell> chown -R
        mysql datashell> bin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql
        &# Next command is optionalshell> cp
        support-files/mysql.server /etc/init.d/mysql.server

mysql_install_db creates a default option file named my.cnf in the base installation directory. This file is created from a template included in the distribution package named my-default.cnf. For more information, see Using a Sample Default Server Configuration File.

A more detailed version of the source-build specific instructions is shown following.


The procedure shown here does not set up any passwords for MySQL accounts. After following the procedure, proceed to Section 2.10, "Postinstallation Setup and Testing", for postinstallation setup and testing.

Perform Preconfiguration Setup

On Unix, set up the mysql user and group that will be used to run and execute the MySQL server and own the database directory. For details, see Creating a mysql System User and Group, in Section 2.2, "Installing MySQL on Unix/Linux Using Generic Binaries". Then perform the following steps as the mysql user, except as noted.

Obtain and Unpack the Distribution

Pick the directory under which you want to unpack the distribution and change location into it.

Obtain a distribution file using the instructions in Section 2.1.3, "How to Get MySQL".

Unpack the distribution into the current directory:

Unpacking the distribution file creates a directory named mysql-VERSION.

Configure the Distribution

Change location into the top-level directory of the unpacked distribution:

shell> cd mysql-VERSION

Configure the source directory. The minimum configuration command includes no options to override configuration defaults:

shell> cmake .

On Windows, specify the development environment. For example, the following commands configure MySQL for 32-bit or 64-bit builds, respectively:

shell> cmake . -G "Visual Studio 9
        2008"shell> cmake . -G "Visual Studio 9 2008

On Mac OS X, to use the Xcode IDE:

shell> cmake . -G Xcode

When you run cmake, you might want to add options to the command line. Here are some examples:

For a more extensive list of options, see Section 2.9.4, "MySQL Source-Configuration Options".

To list the configuration options, use one of the following commands:

shell> cmake . -L   # overviewshell> cmake . -LH  # overview with help textshell> cmake . -LAH # all params with help textshell> ccmake .     # interactive display

If CMake fails, you might need to reconfigure by running it again with different options. If you do reconfigure, take note of the following:

To prevent old object files or configuration information from being used, run these commands on Unix before re-running CMake:

shell> make cleanshell> rm CMakeCache.txt

Or, on Windows:

shell> devenv MySQL.sln /cleanshell> del CMakeCache.txt

If you build out of the source tree (as described later), the CMakeCache.txt file and all built files are in the build directory, so you can remove that directory to object files and cached configuration information.

If you are going to send mail to a MySQL mailing list to ask for configuration assistance, first check the files in the CMakeFiles directory for useful information about the failure. To file a bug report, please use the instructions in Section 1.7, "How to Report Bugs or Problems".

Build the Distribution

On Unix:

shell> makeshell> make VERBOSE=1

The second command sets VERBOSE to show the commands for each compiled source.

Use gmake instead on systems where you are using GNU make and it has been installed as gmake.

On Windows:

shell> devenv MySQL.sln /build RelWithDebInfo

It is possible to build out of the source tree to keep the tree clean. If the top-level source directory is named mysql-src under your current working directory, you can build in a directory named build at the same level like this:

shell> mkdir buildshell> cd buildshell> cmake

If you have gotten to the compilation stage, but the distribution does not build, see Section 2.9.5, "Dealing with Problems Compiling MySQL", for help. If that does not solve the problem, please enter it into our bugs database using the instructions given in Section 1.7, "How to Report Bugs or Problems". If you have installed the latest versions of the required tools, and they crash trying to process our configuration files, please report that also. However, if you get a command not found error or a similar problem for required tools, do not report it. Instead, make sure that all the required tools are installed and that your PATH variable is set correctly so that your shell can find them.

Install the Distribution

On Unix:

shell> make install

This installs the files under the configured installation directory (by default, /usr/local/mysql). You might need to run the command as root.

To install in a specific directory, add a DESTDIR parameter to the command line:

shell> make install

Alternatively, generate installation package files that you can install where you like:

shell> make package

This operation produces one or more .tar.gz files that can be installed like generic binary distribution packages. See Section 2.2, "Installing MySQL on Unix/Linux Using Generic Binaries". If you run CMake with -DCPACK_MONOLITHIC_INSTALL=1, the operation produces a single file. Otherwise, it produces multiple files.

On Windows, generate the data directory, then create a .zip archive installation package:

shell> devenv MySQL.sln /build RelWithDebInfo
        /project initial_databaseshell> devenv MySQL.sln /build
        RelWithDebInfo /project package

You can install the resulting .zip archive where you like. See Section 2.3.5, "Installing MySQL on Microsoft Windows Using a noinstall Zip Archive".

Perform Postinstallation Setup

The remainder of the installation process involves setting up the configuration file, creating the core databases, and starting the MySQL server. For instructions, see Section 2.10, "Postinstallation Setup and Testing".


The accounts that are listed in the MySQL grant tables initially have no passwords. After starting the server, you should set up passwords for them using the instructions in Section 2.10, "Postinstallation Setup and Testing".

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