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26.2.2. Downloading and Installing MySQL Connector/NET

MySQL Connector/NET runs on any platform that supports the .NET framework. The .NET framework is primarily supported on recent versions of Microsoft Windows, and is supported on Linux through the Open Source Mono framework developed by Novell (see

MySQL Connector/NET is installed through the use of a Windows Installer (.msi) installation package, which can be used to install MySQL Connector/NET on all Windows operating systems. The MSI package in contained within a ZIP archive named, where version indicates the MySQL Connector/NET version.

MySQL Connector/NET is available for download from

The Windows Installer engine was updated with the release of Windows XP; those using an older version can reference this Microsoft Knowledge Base article for information on upgrading to the latest version.

To install MySQL Connector/NET, right-click on the MSI file and select Install. The installation will begin automatically after the installer prompts you for your installation preferences. The Typical installation is recommended for most users.

If you are having problems running the installer, you can download a ZIP file without an installer as an alternative. That file is called Using a ZIP program, unpack it to a directory of your choice.

Unless you choose otherwise, MySQL Connector/NET is installed in C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Connector Net X.X.X, where X.X.X is replaced with the version of MySQL Connector/NET you are installing. New installations do not overwrite existing versions of MySQL Connector/NET.

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