How to Install MySQL 5.5 On Mac OS X

Short tutorial on how to install MySQL 5.5 on Mac OS X 10.6.

Point your browser to the MySQL download page and download the “Mac OS X 10.6 64-bit DMG-Archive”. The DMG (Disk IMage) may open automatically depending on your configuration. If it does not, double-click it.

Double-click on the mysql*.pkg to start installation of the MySQL server:

Read important information:

Accept license agreement:

Accept standard location and install MySQL:


Allow the installer to modify your system by entering your password:

Now install the MySQL preferences pane (will go into System Prefences) which lets you start and stop the MySQL server:

Choose who can use the pane:

Open System Preferences, clock on MySQL and you can start/stop MySQL server or choose whether MySQL should start automatically at system startup:

If you want to start MySQL automatically at system startup, you should install the startup item:


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