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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

MAMP MySQL Command Line Access


By Chris Dary

I love MAMP for local development on Mac OS X – it gives you a quick LAMP-style development
environment on your machine with zero hassle – and it’s free.

If you’re a user who also likes using MySQL on the command line to manage your local databases
though, it might be a little confusing, because after installing MAMP you can’t do so. Just run this in
terminal and you should be set:
sudo ln -s /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql /usr/local/bin/mysql

What this does is add a symbolic link for the mysql binary from MAMP into your executable path – in
this case, within /usr/local/bin/

Incidentally, /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/ is where you’ll also find all the other MySQL
binaries, like mysqldump.

Warning: If you’ve installed MySQL manually as well, this may interfere with that installation, so don’t
do this if you have!

31 Responses

1. 4/7/2008

Blake Lucchesi said:

Thanks!
2. 4/29/2008

ali said:

i get ’sudo: ln: command not found’


any idea

3. 4/29/2008

Chris Dary said:

ali,
1: note that that is LN, not IN – ‘LN’ lowercase.
2: If you’ve already done that, what version of Mac OS X are you running?

4. 7/31/2008

tomo said:

Thank you, thank you, thank you.


I tried a lot of wrong advices, this one worked like a charm.

5. 10/9/2008

julien said:

Same for me! It works great!


thanks

6. 12/11/2008

Gary said:
I tried this and it says ln: /usr/local/bin/mysql: No such file or directory …… help?

7. 12/11/2008

Chris Dary said:

Gary, did you type this exactly?


’sudo ln -s /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql /usr/local/bin/mysql’
Because with that syntax, I don’t know how you could get that error – unless /usr/local/bin didn’t
exist, which seems odd to me if you’re on OS X.
If you could paste your entire command I might be able to help more.

8. 12/22/2008

Jim said:

Chris:
I just copied and posted exactly what you wrote into terminal, and got back:
ln: /usr/local/bin/mysql: No such file or directory
I’m on 10.5.6.

9. 12/22/2008

Chris D said:

Hi Jim,
Not sure why the /usr/local/bin directory wouldn’t exist. Try typing this beforehand:
sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin
What this will do is create the /usr/local/bin directory for you if it doesn’t already exist.
You might also want to check “echo $PATH” to make sure /usr/local/bin exists within your
executable path.
If it doesn’t exist in the string that comes out (separated by colons), just type:
open ~/.profile
and add:
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin
to that file, and restart your Terminal and you should be all set.
Hope this helps!
10. 1/8/2009

Simon said:

Thanks. That’s a great help.

11. 3/14/2009

alex said:

Before creating the symbolic link that Chris suggested here, I would get “mysql: command not
found” unless I entered the whole path such as
/Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql -u root -p
and in that case I would get a blank prompt and nothing would happen.
Now I get the blank prompt if I run any mysql command (including mysql –help), which I
suppose is however a kind of progress.
Does anyone know what’s wrong here? There may be a conflict with prior failed installations. I
tried to install mysql previously with macports, but I uninstalled it later. I have a ruby on rails
stack installed as well, but there’s no mysql support there. I’ve just been using Sqlite3. I don’t
know if there could be a potential conflict with another mysql installation or not. How can I
check? Or is there another solution that occurs to anyone?
I know that mysql is running–I can use phpmyadmin and query databases with php–but I’d really
like to be able to use the command line! Any help is much appreciated!

12. 8/1/2009

Anono mouse said:

Hey Jim,
Try This:
/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql

13. 9/4/2009

tomo said:
Thanks!

14. 9/11/2009

Stefan said:

Hey there!
I’ve done as you said, but i get the following massage:
110:~ appleuser$ sudo ln -s /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql /usr/local/bin/mysql
WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss
or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your
typing when using sudo. Type “man sudo” for more information.
To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.
Password:
ln: /usr/local/bin/mysql: No such file or directory
110:~ appleuser$
Any idea what it could be?
I run MySQL and MAMP on a MacBook Pro with OS 10.5.6.

15. 9/11/2009

Stefan said:

Ohhh, sorry! I just read the other comments up there and found the solution. Thanks a lot to all of
you! That was a great help!!!

16. 10/14/2009

Ian Hoar said:

Thanks, this worked great with one modification. I think the bin directory is not in the same spot
on all OSX installations as a lot of people seem to be having issues. I went and manually looked
for it and saw it was /usr/bin/ and not /usr/local/bin. Modified command below worked perfect for
me.

sudo ln -s /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql /usr/bin/mysql

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.


17. 10/24/2009

betz said:

indeed, same here

sudo ln -s /Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/mysql /usr/bin/mysql

18. 10/24/2009

Chris Dary said:

Ian/Betz:

I’m willing to bet the problem was that /usr/local/bin was not in your PATH.

If you do “echo $PATH | grep /usr/local/bin” does anything show up? If not, you need to add
/usr/local/bin to your PATH, which you can do by typing:

echo ‘export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin’ >> ~/.profile

Putting the link into /usr/bin works as well of course, but /usr/local/bin is usually reserved for
user-written tweaks and scripts.

19. 10/27/2009

rafaelxy said:

guys, some recent Mac OS X versions, mine 10.6, doesnt have /usr/local/bin but it does have
/opt/local/bin

just echo $PATH and check it out. Im guessing apple changed that for some reason

20. 10/30/2009

Saïd said:
Thanks !!!!!
you save me from be lost in my exercise !!!
thanks again….

21. 12/16/2009

Pepitoto said:

I tried both “/usr/bin/mysql” & “/usr/local/bin/mysql” and in all cases it returns

“WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss
or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your
typing when using sudo. Type “man sudo” for more information.

To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.

Password:”

After entering password it comes back to “iMac-Thomas:~ thomas$ ”

what should I do?

22. 12/17/2009

gmnote said:

Thanks, very useful. Also using Sequel Pro (http://www.sequelpro.com/) if you like GUI based
stuff

23. 12/26/2009

Sasha Dzeletovic said:

Thanks a lot Chris! I was importing a large sql file into MAMP MySQL and wanted to avoid
phpMyAdmin size limitation by going straight to command line to do the import. Worked like a
charm.
24. 2/19/2010

bauer said:

Really thanks man, I was looking for this because my “mysqldump” command didn’t work and
this solution is perfect for me.

25. 3/30/2010

RNiles said:

Hi there please forgive my inexperience in this but I have downloaded MAMP for my MacBook
Pro and got it up and running. I’m new to this and am using this to try and learn more on php and
mysql but I wanted to know how do I execute this? –

“If you’re a user who also likes using MySQL on the command line to manage your local
databases though, it might be a little confusing, because after installing MAMP you can’t do so.
Just run this in terminal and you should be set:”

Where would I find the “command line” or where is the “terminal” where this should be run.
Again sorry for this newbie ? I’m reading through the net and some books and though it will take
me some time just wanted to try and get my feet wet a bit in this new environment.. thank you for
reading!

26. 8/16/2010

Morgan Daly said:

Can you reverse this if you think you have done the wrong thing?

27. 10/7/2010

RP said:

You’re a lifesaver! Thanks for the tip.


28. 10/20/2010

Mahmud Ahsan said:

Thanks, it solves my problem.

29. 11/8/2010

frob said:

why not just add this to the path?

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