How to install MySQL fast and easy | 3 ways to access it

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How to install MySQL fast and easy | 3 ways to access it

In this post, I’ll show how to install MySQL  fast and easy.  We are talking about the most popular relational database and we’ll see three different ways of how we can access the same database server.


1. Prerequisites

      • XAMPP (MySQL server)
      • MySQL Workbench


First of all, we will need to install XAMPP which is a free open source tool that provides multiples software wrapped all together. One of this software is, of course, MySQL server the one that interests us. You can download and install XAMPP from here.

If you are new to this tool just complete the installation by choosing the default settings and click next till the end of setup.


2. Open XAMPP


You should see a pop-up window like this:


install XAMPP


Hence it’s opened you can Start the modules Apache and MySQL, therefore you have a database server and a web server Apache through which you can interact immediately with the DB.


select specific modules of XAMPP


2.1 Three Different ways to interact with the DB

If you open a browser and write localhost/phpmyadmin  you should get something like this:

open up phpmyadmin from the browser


2.2 Access the DB from the command line

In order to access the database from the command line of Windows 10 in my case just push Window button + Q  and type cmd.


open a command prompt


As a result, we need to switch to the bin folder of the MySQL server. Just type cd C:\xampp\mysql\bin and press Enter. Now we only need to connect to the DB by inserting the following command mysql -u root  (-u stands for a user, and we connect without a password) You should see something like this:


connect to MySQL server from cmd


For testing the database you can insert the SQL command show databases; 

You should see the databases displayed similarly as we accessed before from PHPMyAdmin from the browser.


check the database


At this point, you have successfully accessed the DB from the command line.


2.3 Access the DB from the MySQL Workbench client


We need to download and install Mysql Workbench, usually, we should go to this link  Download MySQL Workbench but at this moment when I’m writing this article, the latest version is 8.0.16. This version is not compatible with my latest version of MySQL server which is mysql Ver 15.1 Distrib 10.3.16-MariaDB, for Win64 (AMD64)

by the way, you can find out your MySQL server version by typing mysql -V in the command prompt of your C:\xampp\mysql\bin folder.

They said that this issue will be fixed with the next release of the version 8.0.17.

Until then we can use the previous version 8.0.15 which is working fine and you can download from here.

After the installation is done you can launch the interface and create a new connection by clicking the plus sign:


open up MySQL Workbench


I’ll just give it a name let’s say “xampp” and leave other settings as default, you should see something like this:

check the interface and connect to db

You can also test the connection first in order to be sure that you can connect to the server. After pressing the ok button you will see by default only the public schemas like “PHPMyAdmin” and “test”. Therefore if you want to see also the others internal and metadata schemas you need to go to Edit -> Preferecenes -> SQL Editor and check the checkbox  Show Metadata and Internal Schemas.

If you get something like this  you added successfully the internal schema and you are ready to go:


success of interacting with MySQL Workbench




In this article, we saw how to install MySQL a simple relational database and how we can access it in 3 different ways. You can check also how to create a java project.

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Thanks and happy coding.


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