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How to install MySQLdb in virtualenv on Debian

To install MySQL-Python with pip, you need some development header files of libmysqlclient.

If you try to install MySQL-Python with pip as follow:

 

pip install MySQL-Python

 

You will get this error, because of missing header files of libmysqlclient:

$ pip install MySQL-Python
Downloading/unpacking MySQL-Python 
Downloading MySQL-python-1.2.3.tar.gz (70Kb): 70Kb downloaded 
Running setup.py egg_info for package MySQL-Python   
sh: 1: mysql_config: not found   
Traceback (most recent call last):     
File "<string>", line 14, in <module>     
File "/home/maik/.virtualenvs/env1/build/MySQL-Python/setup.py", line 15, in <module>       
metadata, options = get_config()     
File "setup_posix.py", line 43, in get_config       
libs = mysql_config("libs_r")     
File "setup_posix.py", line 24, in mysql_config       
raise EnvironmentError("%s not found" % (mysql_config.path,))   
EnvironmentError: mysql_config not found   
Complete output from command python setup.py egg_info:   
sh: 1: mysql_config: not found
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<string>", line 14, in <module>
File "/home/maik/.virtualenvs/env1/build/MySQL-Python/setup.py", line 15, in <module>
metadata, options = get_config()
File "setup_posix.py", line 43, in get_config
libs = mysql_config("libs_r")
File "setup_posix.py", line 24, in mysql_config
raise EnvironmentError("%s not found" % (mysql_config.path,))
EnvironmentError: mysql_config not found

This error can be solved by installing the libmysqlclient header files.

aptitude install libmysqlclient-dev
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