2.4.3 Installing a MySQL Launch Daemon

OS X uses launch daemons to automatically start, stop, and manage processes and applications such as MySQL. Using launch daemons is recommended over startup items on OS X.


OS X 10.4 deprecated startup items in favor of launchd daemons, and as of OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), startup items do not function. For these reasons, using launchd daemons is preferred over startup items.

Here is an example launchd file that starts MySQL:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<plist version="1.0">


Some users report that adding a plist DOCTYPE declaration causes the launchd operation to fail, despite it passing the lint check. For this reason, we have removed it from the example above.

Adjust the ProgramArguments array according to your system, as for example your path to mysqld_safe might be different. After making the proper adjustments, do the following:

The MySQL daemon is now running, and automatically starts when your system is rebooted.