MySQL Installer GUI

After installation of the GUI version, the installer will have add its own Start Menu item under MySQL.


Files that are generated by MySQL Installer grant full permissions to the user that executes MySQL Installer, including my.ini. This does not apply to files and directories for specific products such as the MySQL Server data directory in ProgramData, that is owned by SYSTEM.

After the installer itself has been installed and started, the following screen is displayed:

Figure 2.7 MySQL Installer - Welcome Screen

MySQL Installer - Welcome Screen

There are three main options:

  1. Install MySQL Products - The Installation Wizard.

  2. About MySQL - Learn about MySQL products and features.

  3. Resources - Information to help install and configure MySQL.

To Install MySQL Products after executing MySQL Installer for the first time, you must accept the license agreement before proceeding with the installation process.

Figure 2.8 MySQL Installer - License Agreement

MySQL Installer - License Agreement

If you are connected to the Internet, then the Installer will search for the latest MySQL components and add them to the installation bundle. Click Connect to the Internet to complete this step, or otherwise check the Skip checkbox and then Continue.

Figure 2.9 MySQL Installer - Find latest products

MySQL Installer - Find latest products

If you chose "Connect to the Internet," the next page will show the progress of MySQL Installer's search for available updates. When the search is complete (or if you opted to skip the search), you will be taken to the Choose Setup Type page:

Figure 2.10 MySQL Installer - Choosing a Setup Type

MySQL Installer - Choosing a Setup Type

Determine the option most compatible with your preferences by reading the Setup Type Description descriptions.

The Installation and Data paths are also defined here, and a caution flag will notify you if the data path you define already exists.

After you select a setup type, the MySQL Installer will check your system for the necessary external requirements and download then install missing components onto your system.

Figure 2.11 MySQL Installer - Check Requirements

MySQL Installer - Check Requirements

The next window lists the MySQL products that are scheduled to be installed:

Figure 2.12 MySQL Installer - Installation Progress

MySQL Installer - Installation Progress

As components are installed, you'll see their status change from "to be installed" to "install success."

Figure 2.13 MySQL Installer - Installation Progress status

MySQL Installer - Installation Progress status

After all components are installed, the next step involves configuring the products. The Configuration Overview window displays the progress and then loads a configuration window if it is required.

Figure 2.14 MySQL Installer - Configuration Overview

MySQL Installer - Configuration Overview

The ideal MySQL Server configuration depends on your intended use, as explained in the next window. Choose the description that most closely applies to your machine.

You may enable TCP/IP Networking here as otherwise only localhost connections are allowed.

Checking the "Advanced Configuration" option provides additional Logging Options to configure. This includes defining file paths for the error log, general log, slow query log (including the configuration of seconds it requires to execute a query), and the binary log.

Figure 2.15 MySQL Installer - MySQL Server Configuration: Define platform, networking, and logging options

MySQL Installer- MySQL Server Configuration: Define platform, networking, and logging options

Next, choose your account information. Defining a root password is required, whereas it's optional to create additional users. There are several different predefined user roles that each have different permission levels. For example, a "DB Admin" will have more privileges than a "DB Designer.".

Figure 2.16 MySQL Installer - MySQL Server Configuration: User accounts

MySQL Installer - MySQL Server Configuration: User accounts


If the MySQL Server is already installed, then the Current Root Password will also be needed.

Next, configure the Windows Service Details. This includes the service name, how the MySQL Server should be loaded at startup, and how the Windows Service for MySQL Server will be run.

Figure 2.17 MySQL Installer - MySQL Server Configuration: Windows service details

MySQL Installer - MySQL Server Configuration: Windows service details


When configuring Run Windows Services as ... using a Custom User, the custom user must have privileges to log on to Windows as a service. And the Next button will be disabled until this user is given these user rights.

On Microsoft Windows 7, this is configured by loading the Start Menu, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Local Security Policy, Local Policies, User Rights Assignment, then Log On As A Service. Choose Add User or Group here to add the custom user, and then OK, OK to save.

The final configuration step is available if the Advanced Configuration option was checked, and it includes configuration options related to log file names:

Figure 2.18 MySQL Installer - MySQL Server Configuration: Logging options

MySQL Installer - MySQL Server Configuration: Logging options

After the MySQL Installer configuration process is completed, you may save the installation log, and then load MySQL Workbench if the Start MySQL Workbench after Setup option is checked:

Figure 2.19 MySQL Installer - Installation Complete

MySQL Installer - Installation Complete

You can now open MySQL Installer from the Microsoft Windows Start menu under the MySQL group, which will load the MySQL Installer Maintenance Screen. This is used to add, update, and remove features.

Figure 2.20 MySQL Installer - Maintenance Screen

MySQL Installer - Maintenance Screen


An Update Screen screen is shown if MySQL Installer is used on a machine with older products installed, as opposed to the Maintenance Screen shown above. However, the functionality remains the same.

Add/Modify Products and Features will list all installed and available MySQL products.

Figure 2.21 MySQL Installer - Add/Modify Products and Features

MySQL Installer - Add/Modify Products and Features

The installation is now complete. MySQL Server should be running, and most MySQL products installed and available for use.

See also the MySQL Workbench documentation (http://dev.mysql.com/doc/workbench/en/).