MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS). Its name is a combination of "My", the name of co-founder Michael Widenius's daughter, and "SQL", the abbreviation for Structured Query Language. MySQL is a component of the LAMP open-source web application software stack. LAMP is an acronym for "Linux, Apache, MySQL, Perl/PHP/Python".


MySQL was created by a Swedish company, MySQL AB, founded by David Axmark, Allan Larsson and Michael Widenius. Original development of MySQL by Widenius and Axmark began in 1994. The first version of MySQL appeared on 23 May, 1995.

Version Availability
5.1 14 Nov, 2008
5.5 03 Dec, 2010
5.6 05 Feb, 2013
5.7 21 Oct, 2015
8.0 19 Apr, 2018