Python MySQL - Introduction

The Python standard for database interfaces is the Python DB-API. Most Python database interfaces adhere to this standard.

You can choose the right database for your application. Python Database API supports a wide range of database servers such as −

  • GadFly
  • mSQL
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000
  • Informix
  • Interbase
  • Oracle
  • Sybase

Here is the list of available Python database interfaces: Python Database Interfaces and APIs. You must download a separate DB API module for each database you need to access. For example, if you need to access an Oracle database as well as a MySQL database, you must download both the Oracle and the MySQL database modules.

What is mysql-connector-python?

MySQL Python/Connector is an interface for connecting to a MySQL database server from Python. It implements the Python Database API and is built on top of the MySQL.

How do I Install mysql-connector-python?

First of all, you need to make sure you have already installed python in your machine. To do so, open command prompt and type python in it and press Enter. If python is already installed in your system, this command will display its version as shown below −

Python 3.7.3 (v3.7.3:ef4ec6ed12, Mar 25 2019, 22:22:05) [MSC v.1916 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.

Now press ctrl+z and then Enter to get out of the python shell and create a folder (in which you intended to install Python-MySQL connector) named Python_MySQL as −

>>> ^Z
D:\>mkdir Python_MySQL

Verify PIP

PIP is a package manager in python using which you can install various modules/packages in Python. Therefore, to install Mysql-python mysql-connector-python you need to make sure that you have PIP installed in your computer and have its location added to path.

You can do so, by executing the pip command. If you didn’t have PIP in your system or, if you haven’t added its location in the Path environment variable, you will get an error message as −

'pip' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

To install PIP, download the to the above created folder and, from command navigate it and install pip as follows −

D:\>cd Python_MySQL
Collecting pip
Downloading (1.4MB)
|████████████████████████████████| 1.4MB 1.3MB/s
Collecting wheel
Installing collected packages: pip, wheel
Consider adding this directory to PATH or, if you prefer to suppress this warning, use --no-warn-script-location.
Successfully installed pip-19.2.2 wheel-0.33.6

Installing mysql-connector-python

Once you have Python and PIP installed, open command prompt and upgrade pip (optional) as shown below −

C:\Users\Tutorialspoint>python -m pip install --upgrade pip
Collecting pip
Using cached
Python Data Access
Installing collected packages: pip
Found existing installation: pip 19.0.3
Uninstalling pip-19.0.3:
Successfully uninstalled pip-19.0.3
Successfully installed pip-19.2.2

Then open command prompt in admin mode and install python MySQL connect as −

C:\WINDOWS\system32>pip install mysql-connector-python
Collecting mysql-connector-python
Using cached
Collecting protobuf>=3.0.0 (from mysql-connector-python)
Using cached
Collecting six>=1.9 (from protobuf>=3.0.0->mysql-connector-python)
Using cached
Requirement already satisfied: setuptools in c:\program files (x86)\python37-32\lib\site-packages (from protobuf>=3.0.0->mysql-connector-python) (40.8.0)
Installing collected packages: six, protobuf, mysql-connector-python
Successfully installed mysql-connector-python-8.0.17 protobuf-3.9.1 six-1.12.0


To verify the installation of the create a sample python script with the following line in it.

import mysql.connector

If the installation is successful, when you execute it, you should not get any errors −


Installing python from scratch

Simply, if you need to install Python from scratch. Visit the Python Home Page.

Installing Python

Click on the Downloads button, you will be redirected to the downloads page which provides links for latest version of python for various platforms choose one and download it.

Python Downloads

For instance, we have downloaded python-3.7.4.exe (for windows). Start the installation process by double-clicking the downloaded .exe file.

Start The Installation

Check the Add Python 3.7 to Path option and proceed with the installation. After completion of this process, python will be installed in your system.

After Installation