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Five MySQL database management tools

Introduction

Whether you like it or hate it, you may have to deal with MySQL at some point. A lot of users think the only way to manage those databases is from the MySQL shell within a terminal. Yes, that's one way. But there are also several tools available that can help you manage the MySQL databases. Let's take a look at five of them.

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9 comments
lynnfredricks
lynnfredricks

Valentina Studio was updated to version 5, is free and supports MySQL, Postgre, SQLite and Valentina DB (object-relational, fast database). If you want some extra features like SQLDIFF, a Reports Designer for the free Reports Server, etc, then Valentina Studio Pro is also available. All on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

graham.hemsworth
graham.hemsworth

I have been using a product called Navicat for many years to manage MySQL databases, create and run queries etc. - it works brilliantly. As an added advantage it works with several other DBMS 's such as Oracle.

sjh_vt
sjh_vt

I've been happy with this.

nickweavers
nickweavers

MySQL Workbench is good, and free, but dbforge is better and worth the money IMHO. Have used both and dbforge won me over two years ago.

8087
8087

Hi ! When we started using mySQL to develop a database, we chose the dbforge product (pro version) and have never regretted it. From managing the server & doing backups, schema & data sync between servers, writing queries using a GUI (like MS Access), procedures, events ... the fully Monty. And, they provide great user support - does Microsoft ever contact you because one of their applications crashed on your machine and you absent-mindedly clicked 'send log' ? These guys do !

adrian
adrian

This tool is indespesable to me. I use it to sync databases between my development system and the web host. I have used it to connect and sync MS Visual FoxPro tables to an MySQL database. This was scheduled to run at regular intervals as well.

IMADJamil
IMADJamil

What about SQL Navigator by Quest? I think it's a powerful tool that can be used with all kinds of databases ...

eCubeH
eCubeH

DBeaver is fast, feature rich, works with multiple DBMS from a single interface, multiple sessions, etc. I would say DBeaver is the KING for working with MySQL, I like it far better than MySQL Workbench. Surprised you did not mention it, since I learnt of it first from one of your earlier posts. I guess you are limiting this set to tools that work ONLY with MySQL?