22.1.3. Connector/ODBC Installation

You can install the Connector/ODBC drivers using two different methods, a binary installation and a source installation. The binary installation is the easiest and most straightforward method of installation. Using the source installation methods should only be necessary on platforms where a binary installation package is not available, or in situations where you want to customize or modify the installation process or Connector/ODBC drivers before installation.

Where to Get Connector/ODBC

You can get a copy of the latest version of Connector/ODBC binaries and sources from our Web site at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/odbc/.

For more information about Connector/ODBC, visit http://www.mysql.com/products/myodbc/.

For more information about licensing, visit http://www.mysql.com/company/legal/licensing/.

Supported Platforms

Connector/ODBC can be used on all major platforms supported by MySQL. You can install it on:

  • Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and 7

  • All Unix-like Operating Systems, including: AIX, Amiga, BSDI, DEC, FreeBSD, HP-UX 10/11, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OS/2, SGI Irix, Solaris, SunOS, SCO OpenServer, SCO UnixWare, Tru64 Unix

  • Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server

Using a binary distribution offers the most straightforward method for installing Connector/ODBC. If you want more control over the driver, the installation location and or to customize elements of the driver you will need to build and install from the source.

If a binary distribution is not available for a particular platform build the driver from the original source code. You can contribute the binaries you create to MySQL by sending a mail message to , so that it becomes available for other users.


On all non-Windows platforms except Mac OS X, the driver is built against unixODBC and is expecting a 2-byte SQLWCHAR, not 4 bytes as iODBC is using. For this reason, the binaries are only compatible with unixODBC and you will need to recompile the driver against iODBC if you wish to use them together. For further information see Section, “ODBC Driver Managers”.

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