What is client connection in mysql workbench?

MySQL Workbench provides an easy-to-use visual interface for managing your SQL servers and databases using remote connections — a very convenient feature.

MySQL Workbench & Nexcess Web Hosting Database Management

Is MySQL Workbench Free?

Yes, the MySQL Workbench Community Edition is free and available for multiple platforms, including Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux

There are other commercial editions that users may buy with additional features:

MySQL Workbench Community Edition — Open Source (GPL License)
MySQL Workbench Standard Edition — Commercial
MySQL Workbench Enterprise Edition — Commercial

Refer to the following URLs for more information:

- https://dev.mysql.com/doc/workbench/en/
- https://www.mysql.com/products/workbench/features.html

Is MySQL Free?

Yes, the MySQL Community Edition is free and available for multiple platforms, including Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux

There are other commercial editions that users may buy with additional features:

MySQL Community Edition — Open Source (GPL License)
MySQL Standard Edition — Commercial
MySQL Enterprise Edition — Commercial
MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition — Commercial

Refer to the following URLs for more information:

- https://www.mysql.com/products/community/
- https://www.mysql.com/products/

How to Use MySQL Workbench to Connect to a Database

This article provides you with an overview of MySQL Workbench and how to use MySQL Workbench to connect to your database remotely. 

In cases where you don't want to give the developer too much access to the Nexcess Client Portal, you can install a remote MySQL client like MySQL Workbench to connect to the database remotely.

Note that by default, the Nexcess Client Portal gives you access to your databases using phpMyAdmin.


The following items are the prerequisites needed:

  1. You will want MySQL Workbench installed on your local machine. Next, visit the MySQL Workbench Downloads page to download the installer for your operating system. It's available for Windows, macOS, Ubuntu Linux, RedHat Linux, and Fedora.

  2. You will need the Public IP address of the MySQL Server, which is also the Hosting IP of the website.

  3. You will need the database username and password for the MySQL account that you wish to connect.

  4. You should safelist (also called "whitelisting") your local machine's IP address against the MySQL Port.

What Is MySQL Workbench?

The MySQL Workbench provides a graphical user interface for working with SQL servers and databases. You can use it to create entity relation diagrams, manage servers, and run SQL queries.

In addition to being developed and maintained by Oracle, MySQL Workbench is cross-platform, meaning it operates on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X

MySQL Workbench has the following functionalities as described in the following sections:

  • SQL Development
  • Data Modeling (Design)
  • Server Administration
  • Data Migration
  • Visual Performance Dashboard

SQL Development

This feature allows you to connect to a database, run and edit SQL queries and SQL scripts using a built-in SQL editor, and manage connections and data objects. 

Data Modeling (Design)

Data modeling lets you visually construct models of your database schema, reverse and forward engineer between a schema and a live database, and use a comprehensive Table Editor to edit all aspects of your database. 

The Table Editor lets you easily edit Tables, Columns, Indexes, Triggers, Partitions, Options, Inserts and Privileges, Routines, and Views.

Server Administration

MySQL Workbench provides a visual interface to administer MySQL environments and better understand databases easily. You can administer users, perform backup and recovery, view database health, configure servers, and inspect audit data.

Data Migration

You can migrate tables, data, and objects from Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Sybase ASE, PostgreSQL, and other RDBMS.

Visual Performance Dashboard

MySQL Workbench provides a set of tools for improving the performance of MySQL applications. For example, the Performance Dashboard provides quick access to different performance metrics, while Performance Reports display performance hotspots and high-cost SQL statements.

Using MySQL Workbench to Connect to a Database Remotely

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use MySQL Workbench:

Generally, MySQL Workbench is available in three editions:

  • Community Edition (Open Source, GPL) 

  • Standard Edition (Commercial)

  • Enterprise Edition (Commercial)

  1. Get Database Credentials InformationTo connect to the MySQL Workbench, you will need the Hostname/IP and the Database Username connected to the MySQL database and its password. You can find database credentials in your Nexcess Client Portal under the MySQL section of your plan.

  1. Safelisting/Whitelisting Your IP Address. You will need to safelist your local machine IP on the Nexcess Firewall against the MySQL Port. Visit these links to learn how to do it on Shared Servers or Cloud Servers

    If you are on a WordPress/WooCommerce plan, don't hesitate to contact the Nexcess Support Team to safelist your IP for remote MySQL connections. Also, if you have a dynamic IP, you will need to safelist your IP address each time it changes.

  1. Open MySQL Workbench. To start a new connection to a database, click on the + button.

  1. New Connection Setup. A new window named Setup New Connection will appear. Then, you can fill in the necessary account information.

  • Connection Name – It can be something similar to "database_for_example.com" or something more descriptive to help you identify the connection you're making later.

  • Connection Method – Leave it as the default — Standard (TCP/IP).

  • Hostname – Enter your website's Hosting IP address here.

  • Port – Leave it as the default — 3306.

  • Username – Database Username.

  • Password – Click on Store in Keychain and add your database user's password.

  • Default Schema – Can be left blank.

  1. Testing Your Connection. Verify your settings by choosing Test Connection.

  1. Create Connection. Choose OK to create the connection.

Once you’ve successfully connected to the database, you can view and edit the MySQL Database Instance details under the Administration area to the left of the navigation bar: Database Configuration, Database Status, Server Status, Performance Dashboard, and Current Connections.


It also allows you to view users and their permissions. In addition to backing up and restoring databases, MySQL Workbench supports importing and exporting MySQL dump files.

Let’s also have a look at the Performance Dashboard

The Schemas area on the left navigation bar is where you can find the databases listed. With a dropdown arrow next to each database, you can expand your database tables and objects. 

From this area of MySQL Workbench, you can view table data, run complex queries, and edit data.

Final Thoughts: MySQL Workbench & Nexcess Web Hosting Database Management

We hope this article was helpful. Now you should be able to connect your database using MySQL Workbench easily without any hassle. Kindly remember that you can always reach out to our support team by email or via Client Portal for 24/7/365 assistance.

With MySQL Remote Access Enabled, What are My Next Steps?

Remotely accessing MySQL requires a third-party MySQL client application. Some of these applications are free, while others require purchasing. Instructions on using the third-party MySQL client application should be provided by the company's website where you downloaded it. 

Here are a few of the industry-leading MySQL client applications:

  • MySQL Workbench
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Navicat

MySQL with Remote Connections: Keep It Secure

Despite being able to open MySQL to remote connections and to prevent possible security breaches, you should grant privileges to selected users only. Additionally, ensure the users are using very strong passwords. Keeping the MySQL server software up-to-date should help too.

MySQL with Remote Connections: Connection Tips

Common connection tips are:

  1. Keep in mind that SSL is required if you're trying to connect to a cluster environment, like AWS.
  2. If the connection keeps failing, have the Nexcess Support Team check whether your IP address has been allowed and ensure your credentials are correct.
  3. Alternatively, you can use a SSH Gateway to securely and efficiently run MySQL commands on your website if you still experience connection issues.

MySQL with Remote Connections: Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions that frequently come up include the following. 

Common Question #1 

Question #1: Remote access to the MySQL database server is disabled by default. Why is this?

Answer: The remote access to the MySQL database server is disabled due to security reasons.

Common Question #2 

Question #2: Can I test my MySQL database remotely and verify database access?

Answer: Yes, you can test the remote MySQL connection using MySQL client applications like MySQL Workbench. Otherwise, you can run the following command from a remote machine with a MySQL client:

$ MySQL -u <local database username> -h <database server IP address> -p

Common Question #3 

Question #3: If my IP constantly changes, what should I do?

Answer: If you have a dynamic IP address, the connecting IP address will keep changing periodically, depending on the Internet Service Provider (ISP). To use the Remote MySQL Functionalityyou must update the IP address each time it changes. 

There are a few solutions you can try if you are having trouble getting through the firewall with a dynamic IP address:

  • You can contact Nexcess Support to get your IP address range added to the MySQL Whitelist IP table.

  • Otherwise, Get static IP addressing instead for your client computers, and then add the IP addresses as firewall rules.

Common Question #4

Question #4: When connecting to MySQL, I get a Connection Refused error?   

Answer: Our servers block Port 3306 with regard to inbound traffic. Contact us via live chat or a phone call to request that Port 3306 be opened for your IP address to connect remotely.

That's it! We hope this article was helpful. If you need any help, please search for the answer to your question in the within the Nexcess Knowledge Base.

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What is a connection in MySQL Workbench?

A connection is a computer science facility that allows the user to connect with the database server software. A user can connect with the database server, whether on the same machine or remote locations.

Is MySQL Workbench a client?

MySQL provides a GUI (graphical user interface) client application that you can use for database management. MySQL Workbench is an integrated tools environment that enables you to manage databases, run queries, and much more.

How do I connect to a MySQL client server?

Select Connections from the SQL navigation menu. In the Authorized networks section, click Add network and enter the IP address of the machine where the client is installed. Note: The IP address of the instance and the mysql client IP address you authorize must be the same IP version: either IPv4 or IPv6. Click Done.

What is the client for MySQL to connect from command prompt?

Connect to MySQL Using mysql command-line client mysql is a command-line client program that allows you to interact with MySQL in the interactive and non-interactive mode. The mysql command-line client is typically located in the bin directory of the MySQL's installation folder.