Installing MySQL for Python on Mac OSX Leopard

Yesterday, I have a sudden request from sysadmins group to make a web data presentation from their OVO data. I’ve already had some kind of template for the web apps using CodeIgniter based framework. The only “work” to do now is how to get, process and displaying the data from raw. It’s gonna be supplied via text file.

So, I came up with an idea to use Python to do collection, conversion and inserting into database :P Ya ya ya, I actually I just wanna try to learn Python and use it in a production environment :D So, it’s gonna be my first Python application hehehehehe.

My yukiyanagi (MB403LL/A MacBook) is already equipped with Python 2.5.1. Done with file checking, reading, parsing etc. It’s now time to put all parsed data into database.
What you need to do are:

  1. Download MySQL from and install it as instructed in the documentation.
  2. Download and extract the MySQL for Pythom from I’m using MySQL-python-1.2.2.tar.gz
  3. Open Terminal and go to the directory where MySQL-python-1.2.2.tar.gz was unpacked to.
  4. It’s better to delete build/ directory, just in case your installation might be interfered with any previous builds
  5. edit file site.cfg, and edit the value of mysql_config to the correct PATH where your mysql_config reside. Mine is:

    # The path to mysql_config.
    # Only use this if mysql_config is not on your PATH, or you have some weird
    # setup that requires it.
    mysql_config = /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config

  6. After that, run the build and installation script.

    python build
    python install

During “python build”, you might have some problem here like I did. It seems that there is an extra ‘mysql’ in the path that the shared object looks for the .dylib. You may get an error like this:

ImportError: dlopen(./, 2): Library not loaded: /usr/local/mysql/lib/mysql/libmysqlclient_r.15.dylib

Referenced from: ./
Reason: image not found

The solution is by making a symlink from /usr/local/mysql/lib to /usr/local/mysql/lib/mysql

cd /usr/local/mysql/lib
ln -s /usr/local/mysql/lib mysql

Another error which might be occured is gcc related like the picture below:
MySQL for Python installation error

Line 47 of /usr/local/mysql/include/mysql.h is:

#include <sys/types.h>

Line 93 (and 93) of /usr/include/sys/types.h is:

typedef unsigned short ushort; /* Sys V compatibility */
typedef unsigned int uint; /* Sys V compatibility */

All you need to do is comment those 2 lines (dont forget to make the backup first)
and do the “python build”.
Voila! Everything will be running well.

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Hi, i am Nuri. Just another IT guy working on fintech and telco at Jakarta, Indonesia. While tech stuff became my daily breakfast, i also love to travel around the globe and taking photos also. I DJ on my spare time (not professionally) while dealing with a mess my 9 cats made at home :)

2 thoughts on “Installing MySQL for Python on Mac OSX Leopard

  1. hehehehehe
    tadi install MAMP, ubah listening port mysql balik ke default
    eh kok gag jalan …
    ternyata bentrok 3306 nya dengan mysql yg lama :P
    bodor euy.. hihihihi

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