[Solved] How do I install command line MySQL client on mac?

I want to install the MySQL client for the command line, not a GUI. I have searched over the web but only found instructions on installing the MySQL server.

Enquirer: hch


Solution #1:

install MySQLWorkbench, then

export PATH=$PATH:/Applications/
Respondent: user1659189

Solution #2:

If you have already installed MySQL from the disk image (dmg) from, open a terminal, run:

echo 'export PATH=/usr/local/mysql/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.bash_profile

then, reload .bash_profile by running following command:

 . ~/.bash_profile

You can now use mysql to connect to any mysql server:

mysql -h -u username -p

Credit & Reference:

Respondent: JackSparrow

Solution #3:

Best option is:

brew install mysql
Respondent: Geek

Solution #4:

This strictly installs a command line client, without the other overhead:

Install Homebrew (if you don’t have it):

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Then, install mysql-client:

brew install mysql-client

Then, add the mysql-client binary directory to your PATH:

echo 'export PATH="/usr/local/opt/mysql-client/bin:$PATH"' >> ~/.bash_profile

Finally, reload your bash profile:

source ~/.bash_profile

Then you should be able to run mysql in a terminal, if not try opening a new terminal

Respondent: Alex W

Solution #5:

Mysql has a client-only set of utilities:

Mysql client shell

Other command line utilities

Mac OSX version available.

Respondent: troseman

Solution #6:

There is now a mysql-client formula.

brew install mysql-client

Respondent: egze

Solution #7:

For installing mysql-shell with homebrew, run

brew cask install mysql-shell

you can then launch the mysql shell with


if you want to enter SQL mode directly, run

mysqlsh --sql
Respondent: Michael Lihs

Solution #8:

Open the “MySQL Workbench” DMG file and

# Adjust the path to the version of MySQL Workbench you downloaded
cp "/Volumes/MySQL Workbench 6.3.9.CE/" /usr/local/bin
# Make sure it's executable
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/mysql

Eject the DMG disk

Respondent: caccialdo

Solution #9:

If you installed from the DMG on a mac, it created a mysql client but did not put it in your user path.

Add this to your .bash_profile:

export PATH="/usr/local/mysql/bin:$PATH

This will let you run mysql from anywhere as you.

Respondent: Paul Kenjora

Solution #10:

Installation command from brew:

$ brew cask install mysql-shell

Look at what you can do:

$ mysqlsh --help

Run query from mysqlsh client installed:

$ mysqlsh --host=192.x.x.x --port=3306 --user=user --password=xxxxx

MySQL Shell 8.0.18

Copyright (c) 2016, 2019, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates.
Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Type 'help' or '?' for help; 'quit' to exit.
WARNING: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.
Creating a session to '[email protected]:3306'
Fetching schema names for autocompletion... Press ^C to stop.
Your MySQL connection id is 16
Server version: 8.0.18 MySQL Community Server - GPL
No default schema selected; 
type use <schema> to set one.

 MySQL  192.x.x.x:3306 ssl  JS >

 MySQL  192.x.x.x:3306 ssl  JS > `use rafdb`

Default schema set to `rafdb`.
Respondent: shashankS

Solution #11:

As stated by the earlier answer you can get both mysql server and client libs by running

brew install mysql.

There is also client only installation. To install only client libraries run

brew install mysql-connector-c

In order to run these commands, you need homebrew package manager in your mac. You can install it by running

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

Respondent: Kimmo Hintikka

Solution #12:

Using MacPorts you can install the client with:

sudo port install mysql57

You also need to select the installed version as your mysql

sudo port select mysql mysql57

The server is only installed if you append -server to the package name (e.g. mysql57-server)

Respondent: Alex G

Solution #13:

The easiest way would be to install mysql server or workbench, copy the mysql client somewhere, update your path settings and then delete whatever you installed to get the executable in the first place.

Respondent: Willa

Solution #14:

The mysql client is available in macOS ports. If you don’t have this excellent third party package manager already installed, it is available from here:

Once you have installed macports, open a terminal and make sure everything is up to date:

sudo port selfupdate

There are multiple different versions of MySQL and mariadb (community fork of MySQL) available in the ports repos. List available versions using the following command:

port search 'mariadb*'

I recommend choosing mariadb over mysql as it is, mostly, a drop in replacement ( and has excellent community support.

If applicable, choose which version of mariadb you want (a list of versions of mariadb is available here: If you’re not bothered, install the default version:

sudo port install mariadb

Mariadb (including the mysql-compatible command line client) is now available on your system. On my system, the CLI client resides in the following location:

$ /opt/local/bin/mysql --version
/opt/local/bin/mysql  Ver 15.1 Distrib 5.5.68-MariaDB, for osx10.15 (x86_64) using readline 5.1

It’s obviously a bit inconvenient to type out the full path, /opt/local/bin/mysql each time you want to use the client. Ports has already thought of this problem. To view available versions of mysql on your system, run:

$ port select mysql

Available versions for mysql:
mariadb (active)

Choose one from the list. For example, to use mariadb as the default mysql client:

sudo port select mysql mariadb

Now open a fresh terminal window and you should be able to start the mariadb mysql CLI client:

mysql -h <hostname> -u <username> -p
Respondent: Mark

Solution #15:

if you need a lighter solution i recommend mysql-shell, install using the command below.

brew cask install mysql-shell

To start after installation type mysqlsh.

Respondent: LandiLeite

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