I have installed MySQL via homebrew: brew install mysql. I'd like to get the MySQL preference pane hooked up to my installation of MySQL through homebrew. How can I achieve this?

  • You might get a better audience over at superuser.com - it's more geared to ports and MySQL and yes, homebrew is a program to help port things to mac, but to MySql and the preference panel are general to all OS and not mac-specific.
    – bmike
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 19:27
  • I agree that you might want to try this question over at SU. Also, consider installing MAMP (mamp.info) instead -- it's a "friendlier" way to get MySQL running on your Mac (along with Apache and PHP).
    – Austin
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 20:06
  • @Austin I will not be using MAMP as I do not need apache and php. I just need MySQL.
    – Derek
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 20:46
  • You could just think of it as "updating" Apache and PHP, since your Mac comes with both anyway. You could be rocking a working MySQL installation in less than five minutes. Up to you, though.
    – Austin
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 20:52

2 Answers 2


See my answer to your question at superuser.com.


My understanding is that you can't get the MySQL Preference Pane via homebrew. But if you download the 64-bit DMG file from MySQL's community server download page, it includes an installer, preference pane, and startup script.

See also the answer to this StackOverflow question, about installing MySQL on Lion.

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