Driver (software)

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A driver in software provides a programming interface to control and manage specific lower-level interfaces that are often linked to a specific type of hardware, or other low-level service. In the case of hardware, the specific subclass of drivers controlling physical or virtual hardware devices are known as device drivers.[1]


A client library for connecting to a database is often known as a driver, for example, the MySQL native driver for PHP.[2]


  1. ^ "What is a driver?". Microsoft. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  2. ^ "MySQL native driver for PHP - mysqlnd". MySQL. Retrieved 2 September 2018.