The world's most popular open source database
Connector/NET enables developers to easily create .NET applications that require secure, high-performance data connectivity with MySQL. It implements the required ADO.NET interfaces and integrates into ADO.NET aware tools. Developers can build applications using their choice of .NET languages. Connector/NET is a fully managed ADO.NET driver written in 100% pure C#.
Connector/NET includes full support for:
MySQL 5.4 features
MySQL 5.1 features
MySQL 5.0 features (such as stored procedures)
MySQL 4.1 features (server-side prepared statements, Unicode, and shared memory access, and so forth)
Large-packet support for sending and receiving rows and BLOBs up to 2 gigabytes in size.
Protocol compression which allows for compressing the data stream between the client and server.
Support for connecting using TCP/IP sockets, named pipes, or shared memory on Windows.
Support for connecting using TCP/IP sockets or Unix sockets on Unix.
Support for the Open Source Mono framework developed by Novell.
Fully managed, does not utilize the MySQL client library.
This document is intended as a user's guide to Connector/NET and
includes a full syntax reference. Syntax information is also
included within the
included with the Connector/NET distribution.
If you are using MySQL 5.0 or later, and Visual Studio as your development environment, you may want also want to use the MySQL Visual Studio Plugin. The plugin acts as a DDEX (Data Designer Extensibility) provider, enabling you to use the data design tools within Visual Studio to manipulate the schema and objects within a MySQL database. For more information, see Section 21.2.3, “Connector/NET Visual Studio Integration”.
Connector/NET 5.1.2 and later include the Visual Studio Plugin by default.
For connection string properties when using the
MySqlConnection class, see
Section 21.2.6, “Connector/NET Connection String Options Reference”.