If you write C applications that need to connect to MySQL, you can use the MySQL C API aka
libmysqlclient. The MySQL C API replaces the outdated MySQL-Connector-C.
If you want to use MySQL 8.0 as a Document Store with the X Protocol, you need then to use MySQL Connector/C++ 8.0.
Some have asked how to compile only the MySQL C API.
Compiling only libmysqlclient
You still need to get the full source tree (from GitHub for example) and bypass the compilation of the server.
~ $ mkdir workspace ~ $ cd workspace ~workspace $ git clone https://github.com/mysql/mysql-server.git ~workspace $ mkdir mysql-server-bin-debug ~workspace $ cd mysql-server-bin-debug ~workspace/mysql-server-bin-debug $ cmake -DWITHOUT_SERVER=ON \ -DDOWNLOAD_BOOST=1 \ -DWITH_BOOST=../mysql-server/downloads/ \ -DWITH_UNIT_TESTS=OFF ../mysql-server ~workspace/mysql-server-bin-debug $ make -j 8
On my laptop, this command took 2m24sec
Now you have built the client line tools and also
Following the process outlined in this blog, it takes me 2min24sec to build the client line tools and also
libmysqlclient. You are required to download the complete source, and build some extra command line tools, but the process is fast.