XAMPP MySQL fails to start: ‘InnoDB’ ENGINE failed — Technolize Your Future

Sandeep Agrawal
1 min readJul 28, 2020


Some times MySQL fails to start/restart with an error like “Plugin ‘InnoDB’ registration as a STORAGE ENGINE failed”

The simple solution to fix is to delete InnoDB log files “ ib_logfile0” and “ ib_logfile1 “.

Steps to delete above mentioned files

  • The files “ib_logfile0” and “ib_logfile1” usually reside in the data directory in Mysql installed directory so delete those files with the following commands.
sudo rm /usr/local/mysql/data/ib_logfile0 /usr/local/mysql/data/ib_logfile1
  • Then start/restart the MySQL service again and it should start working.
sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server start
sudo /usr/local/mysql/support-files/mysql.server restart

Note: Mysql Directory path

The above paths mentioned may vary on different systems but the below paths are general installation paths on most of the systems:

  • For Window:
    [drive]:\ProgramData\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\data
    C:\ProgramData\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\data\ib_logfile1
  • For mac:

I hope it helps you resolve your problem.

Originally published at https://techtalkbook.com on July 28, 2020.