Installing Connector/ODBC from a Binary Distribution on Windows

Before installing the Connector/ODBC drivers on Windows you should ensure that your Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) are up to date. You can obtain the latest version from the Microsoft Data Access and Storage Web site.

There are three available distribution types to use when installing for Windows. The contents in each case are identical, it is only the installation method which is different.


An OLEDB/ODBC driver for Windows 64-bit is available from Microsoft Downloads. Installing the Windows Connector/ODBC Driver using an installer

The installer packages offer a very simple method for installing the Connector/ODBC drivers. If you have downloaded the zipped installer then you must extract the installer application. The basic installation process is identical for both installers.

You should follow these steps to complete the installation:

  1. Double-click the standalone installer that you extracted, or the MSI file you downloaded.

  2. The MySQL Connector/ODBC 3.51 - Setup Wizard will start. Click the Next button to begin the installation process.

    Connector/ODBC Windows Installer -
  3. You will need to choose the installation type. The Typical installation provides the standard files you will need to connect to a MySQL database using ODBC. The Complete option installs all the available files, including debug and utility components. It is recommended you choose one of these two options to complete the installation. If choose one of these methods, click Next and then proceed to step 5.

    You may also choose a Custom installation, which enables you to select the individual components that you want to install. You have chosen this method, click Next and then proceed to step 4.

    Connector/ODBC Windows Installer -
                Choosing a Setup type welcome
  4. If you have chosen a custom installation, use the pop-ups to select which components to install and then click Next to install the necessary files.

    Connector/ODBC Windows Installer -
                Custom Installation welcome
  5. Once the files have copied to your machine, the installation is complete. Click Finish to exit the installer.

    Connector/ODBC Windows Installer -
                Completion welcome

Now the installation is complete, you can continue to configure your ODBC connections using Section 22.1.4, “Connector/ODBC Configuration”. Installing the Windows Connector/ODBC Driver using the Zipped DLL package

If you have downloaded the Zipped DLL package then you must install the individual files required for Connector/ODBC operation manually. Once you have unzipped the installation files, you can either perform this operation by hand, executing each statement individually, or you can use the included Batch file to perform an installation to the default locations.


The following instructions will only work for 32-bit Windows systems. If you have a 64-bit Windows system you are advised to use the MSI installer, which will install both the 32-bit and 64-bit drivers to the correct locations.

To install using the Batch file:

  1. Unzip the Connector/ODBC Zipped DLL package.

  2. Open a Command Prompt.

  3. Change to the directory created when you unzipped the Connector/ODBC Zipped DLL package.

  4. Run Install.bat:

    C:\> Install.bat

    This will copy the necessary files into the default location, and then register the Connector/ODBC driver with the Windows ODBC manager.

If you want to copy the files to an alternative location - for example, to run or test different versions of the Connector/ODBC driver on the same machine, then you must copy the files by hand. It is however not recommended to install these files in a nonstandard location. To copy the files by hand to the default installation location use the following steps:

  1. Unzip the Connector/ODBC Zipped DLL package.

  2. Open a Command Prompt.

  3. Change to the directory created when you unzipped the Connector/ODBC Zipped DLL package.

  4. Copy the library files to a suitable directory. The default is to copy them into the default Windows system directory \Windows\System32:

    C:\> copy lib\myodbc3S.dll \Windows\System32
    C:\> copy lib\myodbc3S.lib \Windows\System32
    C:\> copy lib\myodbc3.dll \Windows\System32
    C:\> copy lib\myodbc3.lib \Windows\System32
  5. Copy the Connector/ODBC tools. These must be placed into a directory that is in the system PATH. The default is to install these into the Windows system directory \Windows\System32:

    C:\> copy bin\myodbc3i.exe \Windows\System32
    C:\> copy bin\myodbc3m.exe \Windows\System32
    C:\> copy bin\myodbc3c.exe \Windows\System32
  6. Optionally copy the help files. For these files to be accessible through the help system, they must be installed in the Windows system directory:

    C:\> copy doc\*.hlp \Windows\System32
  7. Finally, you must register the Connector/ODBC driver with the ODBC manager:

    C:\> myodbc3i -a -d -t"MySQL ODBC 3.51 Driver;\

    You must change the references to the DLL files and command location in the above statement if you have not installed these files into the default location.

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