DB-API supports database-independent database access. The MySQL implementation of this API, MySQLdb, can be downloaded from http://dustman.net/andy/python/MySQLdb. It comes with a RedHat RPM Linux installer, a Win32 installer, and a Python script for other platforms. For those other platforms:
Uncompress the .tar.gz file that contains MySQLdb using the commands gunzip FILENAME.tar.gz and tar xf FILENAME.tar.
Change directories into the newly generated MySQLdb directory.
Issue the command: python setup.py install.
The MySQLdb module contains the standard DB-API methods and attributes as well as several proprietary methods and attributes. Proprietary APIs are marked with asterisks.