2.3.1. MySQL Installation Layout on Microsoft Windows

For MySQL 5.5 on Windows, the default installation directory is C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5. Some Windows users prefer to install in C:\mysql, the directory that formerly was used as the default. However, the layout of the subdirectories remains the same.

All of the files are located within this parent directory, using the structure shown in the following table.

Table 2.3. MySQL Installation Layout for Windows

DirectoryContents of Directory
binClient programs and the mysqld server
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\MySQLLog files, databases (Windows XP, Windows Server 2003)
C:\ProgramData\MySQLLog files, databases (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008)
examplesExample programs and scripts
includeInclude (header) files
scriptsUtility scripts
shareMiscellaneous support files, including error messages, character set files, sample configuration files, SQL for database installation
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