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).

$ 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 cask install sequel-pro

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