How to Install MySQL Workbench Using an MSI Installer on a Windows Machine

Updated on April 1, 2019
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You will need the MySQL Workbench

Once the MySQL Community Server is installed on your machine, you are ready for the next and last part of MySQL installation, which is installing the MySQL Workbench. This is a database management tool issued by MySQL. With the workbench, you will be able to perform data modelling, SQL development, and a bunch of other system administration tasks, such as server configuration, user administration, backup, and beyond. Practically everything you need to keep your data-driven application running smoothly.

A researcher establishes a connection to a mainframe computer in 1986 to gain access to the National Library of Medicine’s online databases.
A researcher establishes a connection to a mainframe computer in 1986 to gain access to the National Library of Medicine’s online databases. | Source

Installation requirements

To find a download link for the Workbench, you can go to the MySQL website or do a simple search on Google by typing in “MySQL Workbench”. You’ll find the link on the developer section, where there will also be some information on what it is and how to download it. Before actually downloading the MSI installer for Windows, take a look at the prerequisites.

At the time of writing, there are two prerequisites for installing and running the MySQL Workbench on Windows:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5. This is just a bunch of programming code to help developers develop applications without having to write codes explicitly.
  • Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015. This is a component library that is commonly required for developing applications with Visual C++.

If you are operating on a regularly updated version of Windows 10 there is a high chance that these two programs are already installed. But to be super sure, download them before proceeding with your installation.

Download the necessary files

These two requirements are free to download.
These two requirements are free to download.

Just to be sure

If you are operating on a regularly updated version of Windows 10 there is a high chance that these two are already installed.

  • Click on the .NET framework download link.
  • As you arrive on the Microsoft download page, look for the download button and click it to start the download.

Microsoft's .NET framework download page.
Microsoft's .NET framework download page.
  • Pay attention to where your computer saves the downloaded file, but most of the times the default location will be the Download folder on your PC.
  • Once that is complete, navigate to the second link, which will take you to a Microsoft Visual C++ download page.
  • Look for the download button and start the download.

Click the download button to start the download.
Click the download button to start the download.
  • Make a file selection. After choosing to download, you will be given some options. Select the file that corresponds to the type of Windows working on your machine. If you are using Windows 10 you would want to select the one with the x64. Unless your computer has the 32-bit operating system, you wouldn't need the other file.

You want the one that corresponds to the version of Windows 10 you are using.
You want the one that corresponds to the version of Windows 10 you are using.
  • Click Next and start the download.
  • After the prerequisites are met, go back to MySQL Workbench download page to download the MySQL Windows MSI Installer.
  • Click the Download button to start the process.

Download the Windows MSI Installer.
Download the Windows MSI Installer.
  • When prompted to choose to log in or set up a new account, hover over the last option, which is "No, thanks, just start my download."

Choose the last option to download without logging in or setting up an account.
Choose the last option to download without logging in or setting up an account.
  • This will start your download without you having to sign up for anything or log in to any new platform. It’s also fine if you have an Oracle signup, but in most cases that simply is not necessary.

Install the prerequisites and run the MSI Installer

If you already have the prerequisites installed or even better versions of the program installed on your machine, the installer would inform you. In that case, there is no need to install the Framework or the Visual Studio file, and you can run the MSI Installer.

If you already have the .NET installed, the installer will let you know.
If you already have the .NET installed, the installer will let you know.
  • Just click Close to stop the installation and go on with installing Visual C++ Redistributable.
  • If you are seeing a similar message, again, just stop the installation and go on with the MSI Installer for MySQL Workbench.

Running the MSI Installer will open a setup wizard window.
Running the MSI Installer will open a setup wizard window.
  • Click Next to start the installation.
  • You can change the destination folder for the program or just settle with the default. Click Next to continue.

Use the default path for the destination folder and continue with the next step.
Use the default path for the destination folder and continue with the next step.
  • Let the installer run for a few minutes.

The wizard will let you know when the installation is complete.
The wizard will let you know when the installation is complete.
  • Click Finish to end the process.

Launch the MySQL Workbench

After the installation fully completes, it is a good idea to open the Workbench. If you can't find the icon for the MySQL Workbench, just type in "MySQL Workbench" on the search bar and your computer will show you where it is.

Click on the program to launch it and see if you can connect to a local server.

To learn more about MySQL open source database, this article might be useful:

Use the configuration you have set up earlier or  if you have not, now is the right time to set one up.
Use the configuration you have set up earlier or if you have not, now is the right time to set one up.

MySQL Workbench administration tools

Features
Explanation
Tasks
User administration
Visual utility for managing users
Add new users; remove existing users; grant privileges; drop privileges; view user profiles.
Server configuration
Allows advanced configuration of server and fine tuning for optimal performance
 
Database backup and restorations
Visual tool for exporting/importing MySQL dump files
 
Server logs
Visual tool for viewing MySQL server logs
Error logs; binary logs; InnodDB logs.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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