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Remove MySQL completely from Mac OSX

Remove MySQL completely

  1. Open the Terminal

  2. Use mysqldump to backup your databases

  3. Check for MySQL processes with: ps -ax | grep mysql

  4. Stop and kill any MySQL processes

  5. Analyze MySQL on HomeBrew:

    brew remove mysql
    brew cleanup
  6. Remove files:

    sudo rm /usr/local/mysql
    sudo rm -rf /usr/local/var/mysql
    sudo rm -rf /usr/local/mysql*
    sudo rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
    sudo rm -rf /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM
    sudo rm -rf /Library/PreferencePanes/My*
  7. Unload previous MySQL Auto-Login:

    launchctl unload -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.mysql.plist
  8. Remove previous MySQL Configuration:

    # Edit this file: /etc/hostconfig
    # Remove the line MYSQLCOM=-YES-
  9. Remove previous MySQL Preferences:

    rm -rf ~/Library/PreferencePanes/My*
    sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/mysql*
    sudo rm -rf /Library/Receipts/MySQL*
    sudo rm -rf /private/var/db/receipts/*mysql*
  10. Restart your computer just to ensure any MySQL processes are killed

  11. Try to run mysql, it shouldn't work

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Eddievin commented Jun 20, 2021

@seemly Thanks for this

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HusseinMalingha commented Jul 28, 2021

Thanks <3

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KalisaFalzone commented Aug 10, 2021

This was very helpful. I also had to do:

rm /usr/local/etc/my.cnf

Something I had done previously had resulted in a my.cnf file that prevented MySQL from working (I was getting the dreaded ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2) error).

Thank you! This was what I needed!

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iRiziya commented Jan 5, 2022

Awesome Thanks 😊🙌🏻

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keomony commented Jan 25, 2022

saved my day! Thank you :)

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IngmarFalk commented Mar 4, 2022

Thank god for your beautiful ass mate, I was looking for this for like an hour

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zhafed commented Apr 11, 2022

Append the following lines to:

  • /opt/homebrew/etc/my.cnf

  • /opt/homebrew/Cellar/mysql@5.7/5.7.37/.bottle/etc/my.cnf


Thanks @seemly it's worked , i spend 8 hours searching .

@seemly you saved me with these Comment : here

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bantya commented Jun 4, 2022

Thanks for this awesome guide.
@tnorthcutt's reply helped a lot!

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Rebek73 commented Jun 29, 2022

Thanks, it worked!!

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mkomigor commented Jul 1, 2022


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