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Install MySQL on Sierra using Homebrew

Install MySQL on macOS Sierra

This procedure explains how to install MySQL using Homebrew on macOS Sierra 10.12

Install Homebrew

  • Installing Homebrew is effortless, open Terminal and enter :
    $ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
  • Note: Homebrew will download and install Command Line Tools for Xcode 8.0 as part of the installation process.

Install MySQL

At this time of writing, Homebrew has MySQL version 5.7.15 as default formulae in its main repository :

  • Enter the following command : $ brew info mysql
  • Expected output: mysql: stable 5.7.15 (bottled)

To install MySQL enter : $ brew install mysql

Additional configuration

Homebrew

  • Install brew services first : $ brew tap homebrew/services

  • Load and start the MySQL service : $ brew services start mysql.
    To have launchd start mysql now and restart at login: brew services start mysql Or, if you don't want/need a background service you can just run: mysql.server start Expected output : Successfully started mysql (label: homebrew.mxcl.mysql)

  • Check of the MySQL service has been loaded : $ brew services list 1

  • Verify the installed MySQL instance : $ mysql -V.
    Expected output : Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.7.15, for osx10.12 (x86_64)

MySQL

Open Terminal and execute the following command to set the root password:
mysqladmin -u root password 'mysqlsecret'

Important : Use the single ‘quotes’ to surround the password and make sure to select a strong password!

Database Management

To manage your databases, I recommend using Sequel Pro, a MySQL management tool designed for macOS.
Current version available: 1.1.2

Comments

1 The brew services start mysql - instruction is equal to :

$ ln -sfv /usr/local/opt/mysql/*.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents
$ launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist

Updating Mysql version using brew :

brew uninstall mysql
brew install mysql@5.5
brew link mysql@5.5 --force
brew services start mysql@5.5```
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