16.2.3.1. Installing MySQL Workbench on Windows

MySQL Workbench may be installed using the Windows installer file or it may be installed manually from a ZIP file.

Installing MySQL Workbench Using the Installer

MySQL Workbench can be installed using the Windows Installer (.msi) installation package. The MSI package bears the name mysql-workbench-version-win32.msi, where version indicates the MySQL Workbench version number.

Important

Installing MySQL Workbench using the installer requires either Administrator or Power User privileges. If you are using the ZIP file without an installer, you do not need Administrator or Power User privileges.

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  1. To install MySQL Workbench, right-click the MSI file and select the Install option from the pop-up menu, or simply double-click the file.

  2. In the Setup Type window you may choose a Complete or Custom installation. To use all features of MySQL Workbench choose the Complete option.

  3. Unless you choose otherwise, MySQL Workbench is installed in C:\%PROGRAMFILES%\MySQL\MySQL Workbench 5.1 edition_type\, where %PROGRAMFILES% is the default directory for programs for your locale. The %PROGRAMFILES% directory may be C:\Program Files or C:\programme.

Installing from the ZIP File

If you are having problems running the installer, as an alternative, you can download a ZIP file without an installer. That file is called mysql-workbench-version-win32.zip. Using a ZIP utility, unpack it to the directory of your choice. You may also want to create a shortcut on your desktop or the quick launch bar.

To install using the ZIP file, download the ZIP file to a convenient location and decompress the file. You can place the resulting directory anywhere on you system. You do not need to install or configure the application before using it.

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