MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual Including MySQL NDB Cluster 8.0

2.1.2 Which MySQL Version and Distribution to Install

When preparing to install MySQL, decide which version and distribution format (binary or source) to use.

First, decide whether to install from a bugfix series like MySQL 8.4, or use an innovation release like MySQL 8.3. Both tracks include bug fixes while an innovation release includes the newest features. Both bugfix and innovation releases are meant for production use.

The naming scheme in MySQL 8.0 uses release names that consist of three numbers and an optional suffix (for example, mysql-8.0.34). The numbers within the release name are interpreted as follows:

After choosing which MySQL version to install, decide which distribution format to install for your operating system. For most use cases, a binary distribution is the right choice. Binary distributions are available in native format for many platforms, such as RPM packages for Linux or DMG packages for macOS. Distributions are also available in more generic formats such as Zip archives or compressed tar files. On Windows, you can use the MySQL Installer to install a binary distribution.

Under some circumstances, it may be preferable to install MySQL from a source distribution: