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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"
  • 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


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

  • Load and start the MySQL service : $ brew services start mysql.
    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)


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

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


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
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Thanks bro

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joeljpa commented Oct 3, 2019

This is what's needed from a coolestguides link above:

Fix the looming 2002 socket error – which is linking where MySQL places the socket and where macOS thinks it should be, MySQL puts it in /tmp and macOS looks for it in /var/mysql the socket is a type of file that allows mysql client/server communication.

sudo mkdir /var/mysql


sudo ln -s /tmp/mysql.sock /var/mysql/mysql.sock

I second this. After my upgrade from High Sierra to Mojave, symlinking was the one step I had to do to fix my local LAMP projects for running. I broke my head on this for a good full day and quick searching didn't provide what I wanted. My specific case: brew handling apache2, mysql5.7 while php being the stock (php7*)...shipped with OS X. Mysql was running smoothly on its own via CLI, just that my php apps weren't handling mysql.

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thanks, hate brew..

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NOTE the -u and -p.....they have no spaces. This worked for me.
sudo mysql -uroot -ppassword

Thank You so much. This really Helped!!

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Can someone help me with "mysqladmin: connect to server at 'localhost' failed
error: 'Access denied for user 'root-ppassword'@'localhost' (using password: NO)'" cause I can't seem to move forward from here.

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RealEmmettS commented Jan 19, 2023

If you need help following these instructions on an Apple Silicon Mac, use these modified instructions.

I've also included a few scripts to automate some bothersome everyday tasks. The scripts are executable using the Shortcuts app (Shortcuts was developed by Apple and is currently available on the Mac App Store).

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mlevin77 commented Jan 29, 2023 via email

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