How to install MySQL Workbench on Mac (M1/M2)

Below are steps with screenshots on how to install MySQL Workbench on Mac running on M1/M2 ARM Apple Chip.

Step 1: Download the Setup for M1/M2 ARM Mac

    Visit the download page: and make sure to select the below option,

    > Select Operating System: macOS

    > Select OS Version: macOS (ARM, 64-bit)

    MySQL Workbench for M1 M2 Mac Setup Page

    Hit the download button and you would be asked to log in with your MySQL account, but you can skip this step by clicking the link "No thanks, just start my download."

Step 2: Installing MySQL

    You should have the dmg setup downloaded mysql-workbench-community-8.x.xx-macos-arm64.dmg. Double-click on the installer and simply drag and drop it to the Applications folder.

    MySQL Workbench Installer for Mac

Step 3: Eject the MySQL Setup

    Control-Click (right-click) on the setup icon on your Mac desktop and select Eject.

    Eject the MySQL installer

Step 4: Open MySQL Workbench Application

    Now open Stoplight Search (F4 on your Macbook or Command + Spacebar) and type MySQLWorkbench and open the app.

    For the first time you will see a message ""MySQLWorkbench” is an app downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?", click on Open

    You should now see the Welcome to MySQL Workbench page!

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