[Fixed]-Installing MySQL-python for Django


I recently had exactly this issue (just not in relation to Django). In my case I am developing on Ubuntu 12.04 using the default pip and distribute versions, which are basically a little out of date for MySQL-python.

Because you are working in an isolated virtualenv, you can safely follow the suggested instruction without affecting your Python installation.

So you can…

workon your_virtualenv #activate your virtualenv, you do use virtualenvwrapper, right?
easy_install -U distribute #update distribute on your virtualenv
pip install MySQL-python #install your package

If for some reason upgrading distribute is not an option, you could try installing an older version of MySQL-python as follows (you’d have to check this version is compatible with your version of Django):

pip install MySQL-python==x.y.z #where x.y.z is the version you want


Spent an hour looking through stackoverflow. Evntually found answer in the other question. This is what saved me:

sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev

mysql_config goes with the package.


When doing in a virtualenv :

pip install MySQL-python

I got

EnvironmentError: mysql_config not found

To install mysql_config, as Artem Fedosov said, first install

sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev

then everything works fine in virtualenv


MySQL driver for Python (mysql-python) needs libmysqlclient-dev. You can get it with:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev

If python-dev is not installed, you may have to install it too:

sudo apt-get install python-dev

Now you can install MySQL driver:

pip install mysql-python

Here is a more detailed documentation for MySQL in Django:


👤Sibi M


I had to do this:

pip install mysql-python

inside the virtualenv


The commands are always run in ubuntu:

easy_install -U distribute


sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev

and finally

pip install MySQL-python


The suggested solutions didn’t work out for me, because I still got compilation errors after running

`$ sudo apt-get install libmysqlclient-dev`  

so I had to run

 apt-get install python-dev

Then everything worked fine for me with

apt-get install python-dev


Try this:

Version Python 2.7

MySQL-python package, you should use either MySQL_python‑1.2.5‑cp27‑none‑win32.whl or
MySQL_python‑1.2.5‑cp27‑none‑win_amd64.whl depending on whether you have installed 32-bit or 64-bit Python.

pip install MySQL_python‑1.2.5‑cp27‑none‑win32.whl

if you are using mysqlclient package, then use
mysqlclient‑1.4.6‑cp27‑cp27m‑win32.whl or

pip install mysqlclient‑1.4.6‑cp27‑cp27m‑win32.whl



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