4.2.1 Installing MySQL Workbench on Windows

MySQL Workbench for Windows can be installed using the Windows Installer package or installed manually from a Zip file.


Installing MySQL Workbench using the Installer package requires either Administrator or Power User privileges. If you are using the Zip file without an installer, you do not need Administrator or Power User privileges.

Installing MySQL Workbench Using MySQL Installer

When executing MySQL Installer, you may choose MySQL Workbench as one of the products to install. It is selected by default, and essentially executes the Installer Package described below.

Installing MySQL Workbench Using the Installer Package

MySQL Workbench can be installed using the Windows Installer (.msi) installation package. The MSI package bears the name mysql-workbench-version-win32.msi, where version indicates the MySQL Workbench version number.

  1. To install MySQL Workbench, right-click the MSI file and select the Install item from the pop-up menu, or double-click the file.

  2. In the Setup Type window you may choose a Complete or Custom installation. To use all features of MySQL Workbench choose the Complete option.

  3. Unless you choose otherwise, MySQL Workbench is installed in C:\%PROGRAMFILES%\MySQL\MySQL Workbench 6.1 edition_type\, where %PROGRAMFILES% is the default directory for programs for your locale. The %PROGRAMFILES% directory is defined as C:\Program Files\ on most systems.

Installing from the Zip File

If you have problems running the Installer package, an alternative is to install from a Zip file without an installer. That file is called mysql-workbench-version-win32.zip.

To install using the Zip file, download the Zip file to a convenient location and decompress the file using a Zip utility. You can place the resulting directory anywhere on you system. You need not install or configure the application before using it. You may want to create a shortcut on your desktop or the quick launch bar.