Mac OS X Server v10.5.6 or later: MySQL libraries available for download

If you are developing a MySQL client application for Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later you'll need to download the MySQL client libraries and headers. MySQL client libraries and headers are not included with Mac OS X Server version 10.5.

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The MySQL client libraries and headers are available for download and installation from (

To install:

  1. Download the file.
  2. If the download doesn't automatically produce a folder on your desktop, double-click it to decompress a folder named "MySQL-45.binaries" which has a file named "MySQL-45.root.tar.gz" in it (as well as the read me file). Note: Do not double-click/unzip the "MySQL-45.root.tar.gz" file that is within the folder.
  3. Open Terminal.
  4. Type cd followed by a space (but do not press Return).
  5. Drag the "MySQL-45.binaries" folder from your desktop to the Terminal window to populate the cd command's path, then press Return.
  6. Execute the following command:

    sudo tar -xzvf MySQL-45.root.tar.gz -C /
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