Geert JM Vanderkelen

MySQL v5.5 and Python

MySQL v5.5 and Python

MySQL v5.5 is GA, but is it working with Python? Yes, it does. Below you’ll find some quick, small tests I did with MySQLdb, oursql and our own MySQL Connector/Python.

My desktop is a Mac, but when it works on that, I’m sure it works elsewhere too. If not, just let us know!

MySQL for Python (aka MySQLdb)

Installing MySQL v5.5.8 64-bit from tar ball on MacOS X 10.6, it compiled fine and the module loaded giving me the expected result:

>>> import MySQLdb
>>> cnx = MySQLdb.connect(user='root')
>>> cur = cnx.cursor()
>>> cur.execute("SELECT VERSION()")
>>> print cur.fetchall()


oursql is an alternative for MySQLdb. Both are using the MySQL C API and thus need to be compiled from source (if you don’t find binaries of course).

>>> import oursql
>>> cnx = oursql.connect(user='root')
>>> cur = cnx.cursor()
>>> cur.execute("SELECT VERSION()")
>>> print cur.fetchall()

MySQL Connector/Python

Our own MySQL Connector/Python doesn’t need compiling and doesn’t need any MySQL software installed to be able to connect to a MySQL server. Current unittests run fine against MySQL v5.5.8.

>>> cnx = mysql.connector.connect(user='root')
>>> cur = cnx.cursor()
>>> cur.execute("SELECT VERSION()")
>>> print cur.fetchall()


One can’t really conclude anything with the simple tests above, but it looks like MySQL v5.5 will work fine with Python.

3 thoughts on “MySQL v5.5 and Python

  1. Alex

    Hi Geert,

    Python -> 2.4.3 (#1, Jan 14 2011, 22:42:01)
    mysql -> Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.5.8, for Linux (x86_64)
    MySQLdb.version_info -> (1, 2, 1, ‘final’, 1)

    Doing the above tests:
    >> cur = cnx.cursor()
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “”, line 1, in ?
    File “/usr/lib64/python2.4/site-packages/MySQLdb/”, line 219, in cursor
    return (cursorclass or self.cursorclass)(self)
    AttributeError: ‘Connection’ object has no attribute ‘cursorclass’

    Tried upgrading MySQLdb-Python to 1.2.3 but there are multiple mysql related errors.

    running build_ext
    building ‘_mysql’ extension
    gcc -pthread -fno-strict-aliasing -DNDEBUG -O2 -g -m64 -mtune=generic -D_GNU_SOURCE -fPIC -fPIC -Dversion_info=(1,2,3,’final’,0) -D__version__=1.2.3 -I/usr/include/mysql -I/usr/include/python2.4 -c _mysql.c -o build/temp.linux-x86_64-2.4/_mysql.o -g -pipe -Wp,-D_FORTIFY_SOURCE=2 -fexceptions -fstack-protector –param=ssp-buffer-size=4 -m64 -fPIC -g -static-libgcc -fno-omit-frame-pointer -fno-strict-aliasing
    In file included from _mysql.c:29:
    pymemcompat.h:10:20: error: Python.h: No such file or directory
    _mysql.c:30:26: error: structmember.h: No such file or directory
    _mysql.c:62: error: expected ‘=’, ‘,’, ‘;’, ‘asm’ or ‘__attribute__’ before ‘*’ token


    I am working on it now, but if you have some tips, please let me know.

    Thanks, Alex.

  2. Alex

    Solved the issue using the “magic” bellow:

    # yum install python-devel.x86_64

    when installing MySQLdb-Python it was complaining about missing, I only had version 16, downgrade not an option. Created a sym link to so that the install went smooth, nevertheless MySQLdb-Python was failing with the errors in previous post.

    Installed python-devel, now it is ok.

    Maybe this will help somebody.

    Cheers, Alex.

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