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How to Install MySQL Server

With it’s ease of use and high reliability, MySQL is one of the most popular database solutions in the world. If you’re looking for instructions on how to download, install, and perform basic functions using MySQL, this guide will teach you everything you need.


Downloading the Current Release of MySQL Server

Before you can start using MySQL, you’ll need to download the latest release of MySQL database from MySQL’s official website.

Download the appropriate version of MySQL (it will depend on what you intend to use it with) and install it onto your computer.

*Note: If you are going to install MySQL on a windows machine then you will also need to download the MySQL ODBC drivers.


Installing MySQL

If are using Windows N.T, Windows 2000, or Windows XP, then you should install MySQL as a service. This not only makes it easier to start and stop it remotely, but also allows it to run without interacting with a specific user. This is ideal for a program like MySQL that provides network services to other computers.

To install MySQL as a service, follow these steps:

  1. First open the command prompt (Dos Prompt), then navigate to c:\mysql\bin
  2. Enter the command:
    mysqld-nt –install
    this will install MySQL as a service
  3. The next time you start up windows, MySQL will load automatically.

*Note: You can use these commands to start or stop MySQL manually:

  1. First, from within the command line, go to c:\mysql\bin
  2. To start MySQL manually, use the command:
    NET START mysql
  3. To manually stop MySQL, use the command:
    NET STOP mysql


Creating a New Database in MySQL

Now that you’ve successfully installed MySQL, you might be wondering how to use it. To start, let’s cover how to create a new database in MySQL.

  1. First, from the command line, make sure you’re in the c:\mysql\bin folder
  2. Enter the command:
  3. The syntax for creating a database is (create database database_name). In this example, we’ll create a database called “mybuddy” by entering the command:
    create database mybuddy
  4. When entered correctly, the above command will now create the database “mybuddy”

Creating a New User in MySQL

Now that you’ve created your first database, you’ll need to create a user for it. 

  1. First, make sure you’re still in the c:\mysql\bin folder or navigate to it if necessary
  2. Enter the command:
  3. Enter:
    use mybuddy
    (This will change the current database to mybuddy)
  4. Enter the command exactly as shown below:
    GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON mybuddy TO [email protected] IDENTIFIED BY ‘mypass’ with GRANT OPTION
    This will create a user called “buddy_user” with the password “mypass” on the mybuddy database. 

If you’d like to check that your database and user have been created successfully, you can use:


This will return a list of all databases and should show you your recently created “mybuddy” database as well.


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