We will install MySQL using Homebrew, which will also install some header files needed for MySQL bindings in different programming languages (MySQL-Python for one).

Note: Sequel Pro does not support latest MySQL (version 8), because of that you may want to install MySQL 5.7 instead - brew install mysql@5.7.

brew install mysql


To have launchd start MySQL now and restart at login:

brew services start mysql

Or, if you don't want/need a background service you can just use the mysql.server tool:

mysql.server start

To stop it when you are done, run:

mysql.server stop

You can see the different commands available for mysql.server with:

mysql.server --help

To connect with the command-line client, run:

mysql -uroot

(Use exit to quit the MySQL shell)

Note: By default, the MySQL user root has no password. It doesn't really matter for a local development database. If you wish to change it though, you can use mysqladmin -u root password 'new-password'.

GUI Tool

It is always nice to have a GUI tool for managing databases. For Mac, you can use Sequel Pro to manage local and remote MySQL databases. It is a free tool, you can choose to donate to support the development.

You may install Sequel Pro using Homebrew:

brew install --cask sequel-pro

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