Install mysql-python (Windows)


I’ve spent hours trying to make Django work on my computer. The problem is that I can’t install the mysql-python package. I’m running Windows 7 64bit. This is what I’ve tried:

  1. I have downloaded easy_install
  2. I have downloaded Cygwin64 to be able to run Linux commands (Win cmd was driving me crazy)
  3. I have typed in: easy_install mysql-python (gave me an error message saying it can’t find vcvarsall.bat)
  4. I have downloaded Visual Studio 2010. However, I uninstalled it since I found out that I had some other version of it already (it didn’t solve the problem)

EDIT: I discovered this: Does this mean I can’t run Django with python 3.3? And why bother to go through all this work if there is an .exe-file out there?

Asked By: Myone



You’re going to want to add Python to your Path Environment Variable in this way. Go to:

  1. My Computer
  2. System Properties
  3. Advance System Settings
  4. Under the “Advanced” tab click the button that says “Environment Variables”
  5. Then under System Variables you are going to want to add / change the following variables: PYTHONPATH and Path. Here is a paste of what my variables look like:




C:Program FilesMySQLMySQL Utilities 1.3.5;C:Python27;C:Python27Libsite-packages;C:Python27Lib;C:Python27DLLs;C:Python27Liblib-tk;C:Python27Scripts

Your Path’s might be different, so please adjust them, but this configuration works for me and you should be able to run MySQL after making these changes.

Answered By: Aaron Lelevier

There are windows installers for MySQLdb avaialable for both 32 and 64 bit, supporting Python from 2.6 to 3.4. Check here.

Answered By: CFreitas

I have a slightly different setup, but think my solution will help you out.

I have a Windows 8 Machine, Python 2.7 installed and running my stuff through eclipse.

Some Background:

When I did an easy install it tries to install MySQL-python 1.2.5 which failed with an error: Unable to find vcvarsall.bat. I did an easy_install of pip and tried the pip install which also failed with a similar error. They both reference vcvarsall.bat which is something to do with visual studio, since I don’t have visual studio on my machine, it left me looking for a different solution, which I share below.

The Solution:

  1. Reinstall python 2.7.8 from 2.7.8 from this will add any missing registry settings, which is required by the next install.
  2. Install 1.2.4 from

After I did both of those installs I was able to query my MySQL db through eclipse.

Answered By: James Oravec

For folks using Python 3.0+ (which should be everyone now):

Unfortunately, MySQL-Python 1.2.5 does not support Python 3.0+ yet (which is kinda unreasonable IMHO, Python 3+ has been out for a while). Reference :

So, my workaround is to use Oracle’s MySQL connector. In, change DATABASE’s ‘ENGINE’ field to:
‘ENGINE’: ‘mysql.connector.django’,

More info could be found in the last paragraph of the first answer to this question: Setting Django up to use MySQL

Hope this helps!!

Answered By: Vicky Zhang

try running the following command:

pip install mysqlclient

if you use the site , download the file:

  • mysqlclient‑1.3.6‑cp34‑none‑win32.whl or

  • mysqlclient‑1.3.6‑cp34‑none‑win_amd64.whl

depending on the version of python you have (these are for python 3.4) and the type of windows you have (x64 or x32)

extract this file into C:Python34Libsite-packages and your project will work

Answered By: Laura Chesches

If you are trying to use mysqlclient on WINDOWS with this failure, try to install the lower version instead:

pip install mysqlclient==1.3.4
Answered By: Alfred Huang

MySqldb python install windows

MySQL-python 1.2.3 for Windows and Python 2.7, 32bit and 64bit versions

download python mysql-python from here

Answered By: Ashish Gupta

If you encounter the problem with missing MS VC 14 Build tools while trying pip install mysqlclient a possible solution for this may be

Answered By: kaya

Just Download mysqlclient from here
be careful while downloading the right version depending on your your python version installed.
Then proceed with the import.
It worked for me because in my case the error was telling to install Visual Studio C++ 14.0 something which wasted my time and occupied around 10GB of space in my C drive.
So recommending installing mysqlclient using pip install mysqlclient

Answered By: Kamal Maharana

For phpmydamin you can use following step

  1. Go to python install path like

     cd C:UsersEnamulAppDataLocalProgramsPythonPython37-32Scripts
  2. Run the command pip install PyMySQL

  3. In the python shell import library like import pymysql

  4. connection to databasbe

     db = pymysql.connect(host='localhost',user='root',passwd='yourpassword', database="bd")
  5. get cursor cursor = db.cursor()

  6. Create table like

    cursor.execute("CREATE TABLE customers (name VARCHAR(255), address VARCHAR(255))")
Answered By: Enamul Haque
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