visual-studio-2012 for 2017 - MySQL Data Source not appearing in Visual Studio

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Stuzor and hexcodes solution worked for me as well. However, if you do want the latest connector you have to download another product. From the oracle website:

Starting with version 6.7, Connector/Net will no longer include the MySQL for Visual Studio integration. That functionality is now available in a separate product called MySQL for Visual Studio available using the MySQL Installer for Windows (see

showing connector 2013

I just installed the ADO.NET connector from here

Yet MySQL doesn't appear as a data source like it should. I tried restarting Visual Studio. It doesn't fix my issue. Did I install the wrong connector?

EDIT: STill nothing. I'm using Visual Studio Express For Desktop. Do I need to pay for the Ultimate edition to use a MySQL Data Source?

The Connector 6.7.x does not integrate the native data provider anymore. For "Visual Studio 2012" or less, you have to install "MySQL for Visual Studio". If you are using "Visual Studio 2013" there is no possibility to integrate MySQL for the "Entity Framework" yet. A solution should be available on 10/2013!

Uninstall later version and install mysql-connector 6.3.9 for visual studio 2010.

After installing add the dll files and restart the visual studio.

It works fine.

I tried to install to VS 2015 using the Web installer. It seemed to work, but there was still no MySQL entry for Data Connections. I ended up going to, using it to uninstall then re-install the connector. Not it works as expected.