MySQL 5.6 on Windows 8.1 — Load Time Zone Tables

Ran into a pinch with my MySQL install on Windows 8.1. It seems the timezone data isn’t installed/loaded into the mysql timezone tables by default.

Here is the quick fix…

  1. Stop the MySQL Service
  2. Download the POSIX standard Time zone description tables from
  3. Unzip the downloaded file
  4. Copy its contents to C:\ProgramData\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.6\data\mysql
  5. Start the MySQL Service

There are more details here including directions for populating these tables on Linux.