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.
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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:
What Is MySQL Workbench?
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:
Data Modeling (Design)
The Table Editor lets you easily edit Tables, Columns, Indexes, Triggers, Partitions, Options, Inserts and Privileges, Routines, and Views.
Visual Performance Dashboard
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:
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
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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 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:
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 Functionality, you 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:
Common Question #4
#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.