MySQL: Trying to learn but how do I use it on Mac?

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  1. cloud macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2002
    The Matrix
    Hello all,

    I am a MySQL n00b, but I was trying to learn it. I bought a great book called "Head First: SQL". It uses MySQL in its examples.

    So, my question is how do I install and use MySQL on my Mac? I'm running Mac OS 10.5.

    Thanks for any help that comes my way. Have a great day!

  2. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    If you are just looking to learn and experiment, I would suggest the free version of MAMP. (

    MAMP (Macintosh, Apache, Mysql and PHP) creates a local, disposable server on your computer where you can test all sorts of PHP/mySQL concoctions.

    It works great, and if you break something badly, you just trash everything and reinstall!
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
  4. notnek macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2007
    +1 for sequel pro. especially in the last couple months.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    How to set it up? The first step is to down load the package
    Get the "comunity" verson, that's the free one

    You may run into a snag but then at least you'd have a specific narrow question you could ask. then you run in to the next hang up and you ask another specific narrow question. After a few cycles of this then you will be up and going

    OK to head off the first few questions. Which of the many Mac files should I download? Get the .tar version that matches your system. How to unpack a .tar.gz file? Double click it. the finder knows how to handle it.
  6. memco macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2008
    True, MAMP might have more functionality than he needs, but it's the quickest and easiest way to get up and running with MySQL. It's also pretty easy to connect to the server via Sequel Pro, which is a nice interface for working with SQL.
  7. thewright1 macrumors regular


    Apr 3, 2008
    I second that... I love MAMP, it may be a little too much if you're beginning, but you'll definitely grow into it if this is what you do.

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