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I'm writing web applications mostly under LAMP (linux, apache, mysql, php). Now I have to work on a Windows XP machine but I'm not sure which MySQL release to download.

On the download page there are 3 ZIP archives and 2 MSI installers. Some of them are about 30 mb and some - 150 mb. Unfortunately there is nothing to highlight the differences.

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+1 its a good question why downvoting! – Ahmad Feb 25 '13 at 7:24
  • is the source code of the MySQL Community Server.

  • is the compiled, 32-bit version of the MySQL Community Server.

  • is the compiled, 64-bit version of the MySQL Community Server.

The .msi versions are installers of the 32/64bit version. I would recommend you pick one of these two, depending on your workstation.

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Do compiled versions (zip archives) provide more flexability in terms of customisation ? – Tichomir Mitkov Jul 21 '12 at 13:57
@TichomirMitkov: I haven't installed them. But I would doubt it. When working on Windows, you might even find it easier to use something like XAMPP. – Oliver Salzburg Jul 21 '12 at 13:58

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