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 How to Set Up Microsoft Access to Work with MySQL using MyODBC?

The following must be done on your client PC to make Microsoft Access work with MyODBC.

  1. If you are using Access 2000, you should get and install the newest (version 2.6 or higher) Microsoft MDAC (Microsoft Data Access Components) from This fixes a bug in Access that when you export data to MySQL, the table and column names aren't specified. Another way to work around this bug is to upgrade to MyODBC 2.50.33 and MySQL 3.23.x, which together provide a workaround for the problem.

    You should also get and apply the Microsoft Jet 4.0 Service Pack 5 (SP5) which can be found at;EN-US;q239114. This fixes some cases where columns are marked as #DELETED# in Access.

    Note: If you are using MySQL 3.22, you must apply the MDAC patch and use MyODBC 2.50.32 or 2.50.34 and up to work around this problem.

  2. Install the latest version of MySQL from

  3. Install the latest version of MyODBC 3.51 or 2.50 from

  4. For all Access versions, you should enable the Return matching rows option.

  5. Start working with Access as the front end for MySQL Server through MyODBC.

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