MySQL Connector/C is a C client library for client-server communication. It is a standalone replacement for the MySQL Client Library shipped with the MySQL Server.
There is no need to compile or install the MySQL Server package if you only need the client library.
MySQL Connector/C does not rely on the MySQL Server release cycle, so bug fixes and new features are released more often.
Supported platforms include Windows, Windows x64, Linux, Solaris,FreeBSD, Mac OS X, HP-UX, IBM AIX, IBM i5/OS