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How to Setup MySQL on Mac OS without MacPorts

After many unsuccessful attempts to install MySQL using MacPorts, I gave up and tried something much simpler. Go to the MySQL downloads page ( and download the latest DMG ( The DMG will come with two packages, the application and a package to make MySQL run on startup. Also install MySQL.prefPane to have a nice interface to stop/start mysql daemon. To start, just go to your system preferences and click the MySQL icon to start. And that's it, go to command line and type:


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