MySQL Workbench


Updated Jun 12th, 2023

I noticed a command prompt was flashing on my computer and I thought I was hacked. Come to find out this was the MySQL Workbench running some kind of update/reboot whatever so I disabled the Windows service that was allowing it to start on boot.

But then I wanted to use MySQL Workbench. It did not work.

Not to mention I forgot the password I used to install SQL Server.

Article about it here

Stack Overflow here (older version)

“MySQL Workbench is just a client. MySQL Server is a separate product, and would be installed separately.”


Uninstalled workbench and reinstall MySQL Server and MySQL Workbench

Importing an “previously-exported” file is helpful.

Handling Remote Access Hosts

What is a Remote Access Host?

Access and manage the dbs on your account from locations different from the hosting server. The lists of hosts and IPs that can access the databases on your account remotely. Basically, Grant access to your database using remote connections.

Now open your favorite client and log in with the necessary credentials.

Note: The host will be your domain name

Whitelisting all is not a good idea. Makes the attack surface smaller. Your password and database name become the weak link. Interesting point from Vercel on whitelisting here.

Also, be careful with port 3306. A security note seen on Stack Overflow, “I wouldn’t connect to the server over the Internet using port 3306; none of that traffic is encrypted. Your password, everything – all in the clear. Use an SSH tunnel and see if you can reconfigure the MySQL database to not make that port available to the Internet.”

Steps for Connecting SG Remote Host to Workbench As Playground (Not for Production!)

Connect MySQL Workbench to SG (instead of writing queries in phpmyadmin)

Whitelist remote access with percent sign
Note the public IP address of the server running MySQL from the site dashboard
Note the server’s port: 3306 (default mysql port is unsafe!)
Note the database name from Site>MySQL
Create a user for this db
Note the username auto-generated
Note the password auto-generated
Connect the user to the database

Create a new connection in workbench

See more on safer SSH connections here