What It Is
MySQL++ is a C++ wrapper for the MySQL and MariaDB C APIs. It is built around STL principles, to make dealing with the database as easy as dealing with an STL container. MySQL++ relieves the programmer of dealing with cumbersome C data structures, generation of repetitive SQL statements, and manual creation of C++ data structures to mirror the database schema.
MySQL++’s development home is its Fossil repository. You may be reading this via its GitHub mirror, but that repository is read-only, meant as a download-only mirror and for use by automation tooling based on Git. Checkins to the Fossil repository get pushed into the GitHub mirror within a day.
To build MySQL++, you must have the MySQL/MariaDB C API development files installed.
On Unixy systems (Linux, Mac OS X, Cygwin, *BSD, Solaris...), the MySQL
development files are installed if you build MySQL from source. If you
installed MySQL as a binary package, then the development files are
often packaged separately from the MySQL server itself. It's common for
the package containing the development files to be called something like
If you're building on Windows with Visual C++ or MinGW, you need to install the native Windows port of MySQL or MariaDB. The way that’s packaged changes occasionally, so you might have to select a "complete" version rather than the server-only version. You might also have to choose a “custom” installation option to get the development files.
Another pitfall is that the project files we ship assume that you've installed the current General Availability release of MySQL in its default location on your computer. If you've installed a different version, or if those packaging the development files move them around — which happens occasionally! — you'll have to adjust the link and include file paths in the project settings.
Additional Things to Read
Each major platform we support has a dedicated
file for it containing information specific to that platform.
Please read it.
For authorship information, see the CREDITS.txt file.
For license information, see the COPYING.txt file.
If you want to change MySQL++, see the HACKERS.md file.
You should have received a user manual and a reference manual with MySQL++. If not, you can read a recent version online.
Building the Library
MySQL++ uses Bakefile to generate platform-specific project files and makefiles from a single set of input files. We currently support these build systems:
MinGW: We ship
Makefile.mingwfor MinGW. See its README for details.
Visual C++: We ship Visual Studio 2003, 2005, and 2008 project files. Newer versions of Visual C++ can upgrade these automatically, though the result sometimes requires manual adjustment. No older version of Visual C++ will build MySQL++, due to compiler limitations. See its README for more details.
Xcode: We ship an Xcode project file, but it hasn't been well tested, since the autoconf method works just fine on macOS.
Unsupported C++ Compilers and Operating Systems
If you get MySQL++ to build under an operating system or with a C++ compiler not listed above, we’re likely to accept a patch for it. See the HACKERS file for guidance.
You may want to try out the programs in the examples subdirectory to ensure that the MySQL++ API and your MySQL database are both working properly. Also, these examples give many examples of the proper use of MySQL++.
If You Want to Hack on MySQL++...
If you intend to submit a change to the MySQL++ project, see the HACKERS file.
If you want to change the MySQL++ user manual, also read the user manual’s README.
If you want to change the MySQL++ reference manual, see the Doxygen manual.