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MySQL Workbench running on macOS
Developer(s) MySQL AB, a subsidiary of Sun Microsystems since February 2008 which is also a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation since January 2010
Initial release 23 May 1995
Stable release
5.7.15 / September 6, 2016; 5 years ago (2016-09-06)
Written in C, C++
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Relational database management system
License GNU General Public License or proprietary EULA

MySQL is a database system used by many websites on the Internet. It is based off of SQL. Many ways of doing things in SQL are similar in MySQL.


MySQL was first released in May 1995 and a Windows version was released in January 1998. The latest version (5.6.11) was released in April 2013.


MySQL is compatible with many major programming languages. The most common one is PHP. An ODBC interface (called MyODBC) has been made so that users of Microsoft's ASP language can use MySQL.

Major users

Some of the largest MySQL users on the internet include:

Many PHP scripts also use MySQL. These include:

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